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Jacquelien Scherpen to be the New Rector Magnificus of the University of Groningen

03 July 2023
Jacquelien Scherpen
The University of Groningen's Supervisory Board has appointed Prof. J.M.A. (Jacquelien) Scherpen, professor in Discrete Technology and Production Automation at the Engineering and Technology Institute Groningen (ENTEG), as the new Rector Magnificus and member of the Board of the University of Groningen. The appointment will cover a period of four years, starting on September 1, 2023. Jacquelien Scherpen will succeed the current Rector Magnificus, Cisca Wijmenga.
Jacquelien Scherpen brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her new role. Throughout her academic journey, she has made significant contributions to the field of Engineering and Technology. Her remarkable career includes serving as the scientific director of ENTEG from 2013 to 2019, director of the Groningen Engineering Center since 2016, and currently holding the position of FSE Director of Engineering. She also serves as the Captain of Science for the Dutch top sector High Tech Systems and Materials (HTSM).
Jacquelien Scherpen's research achievements have earned her national and international recognition. She is a fellow of the IEEE and has been actively involved in the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), currently serving as a member of the IFAC council. In 2019, she received a royal distinction as Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion. In 2023, she was awarded the Prince Friso prize for Engineer of the Year in the Netherlands.


While her appointment as Rector brings pride and excitement, Jacquelien's departure from her previous roles will undoubtedly be felt. Her expertise and presence within the ENTEG team have been invaluable, and she leaves behind a legacy of exceptional contributions. We extend our congratulations to Jacquelien Scherpen on this well-deserved appointment as the new Rector of the University of Groningen. We are confident that under her leadership, the university will continue to excel and reinforce its position as a leading institution of higher education.

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