"I feel right at home in this dynamic environment"
On January 27th 2016, Prof. Thomas Cleij was appointed board member of Chemelot InSciTe. Thomas will be representing Maastricht University, specifically the “biobased” pillar of InSciTe. He holds a PhD degree in Chemistry from Utrecht University. “After receiving my PhD degree, I worked for a short time at a spin-off company of Utrecht University”, says Thomas. “I started my scientific career in the United States as Assistant Prof. at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Subsequently, I worked as an Associate and Full Professor at Hasselt University, Belgium.''
After leading a research group for some years, Thomas got involved in the development of the Science Program at Maastricht University in 2009 and was appointed Dean Sciences on Dec 1st, 2015. “Sciences at Maastricht University is an inter-faculty program that contains all the classical sciences i.e. chemistry, biology and physics. It is still in an early stage, the first bachelor program has started in 2011, but we are working hard to put Sciences on the map. I enjoy very much the opportunity to develop new ways of teaching and working together.” As Dean Sciences, Thomas represents Maastricht University in the board of InSciTe together with Prof. Albert Scherpbier, Dean of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences. “Chemelot InSciTe is an interesting concept that is experimenting with new ways of collaboration between public and private partners that are beneficial for all parties, focused on the development of the region. Collaborating is also in the DNA of Maastricht University. If we can make this collaboration work, I believe InSciTe will become a role model for other universities and also for how we further develop the Sciences at Maastricht University.” Thomas is very excited to see how science and technology develop in this region. “A lot is happening in Limburg, at Maastricht University, but also at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus. I feel right at home in this dynamic environment.”