The first term of Fransoo as Dean of the Graduate School ends in late 2017. Earlier, he was project leader in charge of the revision of the master’s degree programs. Fransoo says that this is a natural moment to consider the next step in his career. Fransoo: “A great team of Graduate Program Directors and I have been able to do a thorough revision of the master’s degree programs, giving them a clear profile. We established the principles for the PhD degree programs with an excellent group of chairs and PhD students. In this final stage, I want to give new momentum to our technological designer’s degree programs.” In his time as Dean, Fransoo has had to take a step back in his research field, logistics. KLU offers him the chance to be more active in research while also taking on the administrative challenge to shape the direction of KLU. Fransoo looks back on his time as Dean with satisfaction. “Professor Lex Lemmens, dean of the Bachelor College, and I have now achieved a clear position within the Eindhoven University of Technology, which is of great importance for the success of the Bachelor College and the Graduate School.” Rector magnificus Frank Baaijens regrets and respects the decision of Fransoo to step down as Dean. “As an administrator and a scientist I know the pull of science. I understand his decision to create more room for his scientific ambitions. Fransoo is very much appreciated here and he made a powerful start for the Graduate School, with an eye for quality.”With his departure, Fransoo also leaves behind the research group he has been with for more than 25 years. “I will definitely miss the people in the group, but I also see this as an opportunity to forge stronger ties between this TU/e group and the KLU.” Fransoo will continue to hold a guest chair at TU/e.
Source: Press team TU/e