New vice-dean

As of June 1st the Executive Board of TU Eindhoven has appointed our new Vice-Dean from our own ranks: dr.ir. Maarten Hornikx.

Hornikx graduated at TU/e, Department of the Built Environment in 2004 as a MSc specialized in Building Acoustics. Hornikx has obtained a PhD degree in Applied Acoustics at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden and received a Marie-Curie grant to carry out post-doctoral research at KU Leuven in Belgium. Since 2012, Hornikx is back in Eindhoven and currently leads the Building Acoustics chair as an Associate Professor. 

His research focuses on developing methods to predict sound propagation in the built environment, which are amongst others needed to reduce adverse health effects due to noise. A main activity in his research group is the development of realistic audio for virtual reality, such that virtual reality including acoustics can be used as a research, design and communication tool in the building industry. Hornikx lectures in departmental courses, and also coordinates the TU/e-wide coherent course package Science of Sound and Music. 

Hornikx: "I am extremely proud to represent our Department in the role as vice-dean, and look forward to join the Departmental board in June. After my MSc graduation I have been abroad for 8 years, but my appointment here in 2012 felt like coming home. I feel strongly connected to our Department with all its disciplines. In my new role, I want to contribute to further strengthen the reputation of our Department regarding education and research, and to a vibrant and enjoyable working and studying environment.’"

Hornikx will take over the baton of prof.dr.ir. Bauke de Vries. De Vries remains chair holder of the Information Systems in the Built Environment group and Program Director of the master program Construction Management and Engineering.