Van de Weijer (TomTom) to lead ‘Smart Mobility’ strategic area

Dr.ir. Carlo van de Weijer, vice-president Traffic Solutions at TomTom, will lead the TU/e ‘Smart Mobility’ strategic area from 1 March. This is where the university clusters the strengths of the TU/e research groups that excel in relevant fields for the automotive and logistics sectors.

By creating strategic areas in Energy, Health and now also Smart Mobility, TU/e intends to strengthen its competitive position in the international R&D world, to strengthen its profile in the community, to attract more Dutch and international students, and to extend and intensify its partnerships with industry and organizations in society.

Strategic areas
That should help the Dutch research and innovation clusters in these areas, and specifically those in the Brainport region in the south-east of the Netherlands, to compete with the world’s strongest R&D centers. Setting up the strategic areas is a vital part of the TU/e’s Strategic Plan 2020, which the Eindhoven university published at the beginning of this year. Dr. Rick Harwig (former CTO of Philips) and drs. Roel Fonville (former Senior Vice-President of Philips Healthcare Netherlands) have already been appointed to lead the TU/e’s Energy and Health strategic areas.
 
Van de Weijer
Carlo van de Weijer graduated from TU/e in mechanical engineering in 1990. In that year he joined TNO Automotive in Delft, where he was responsible for setting up the Electrical and Hybrid Powertrains research program. After gaining his PhD in 1997 at Graz University of Technology in Austria, he became responsible for the Business Unit Power Trains at TNO in 1998. In 2001 Van de Weijer moved to Siemens VDO to lead the research unit for navigation systems in Eindhoven. In June 2007 he moved together with this research unit to TomTom, where he has worked since then. Other functions held by Van de Weijer include committee memberships of the Federation Holland Automotive, Connekt/ITS Nederland, the High Tech Automotive Campus and the High Tech Automotive Systems innovation program.

Sustainable mobility
According to the TU/e Executive Board the university has everything it takes to play a significant worldwide role in the necessary transition to smarter and more sustainable mobility. A total of more than 230 TU/e researchers are involved in this strategic area. The university is closely involved in the public–private High Tech Automotive Systems, Logistics and Supply Chain Management and Point One innovation programs, in which industry and knowledge institutes work together on important challenges in the field of mobility. Examples include DAF/Paccar, TomTom, NXP, Vanderlande Industries, SKF, VDT/Bosch, Peek Traffic, TNO Automotive, the Dutch Institute for Advanced Logistics (Dinalog), the Holst Centre, the Automotive Technology Centre and of course TU/e itself. The south of the Netherlands is strongly represented, which is underlined by the development of the High Tech Automotive Campus in Helmond and the Dinalog Campus in Breda.

Automotive program
TU/e is the only university in the Netherlands to offer a Master’s program in Automotive Technology, and the only university with an Automotive Bachelor’s program and a designer program in Automotive Systems Design, both starting this year. TU/e also offers a Master’s program in Operations Management & Logistics and a designer program in Logistics Management Systems.