Timo Meinders


Dr.ir.  V.T. Meinders (Timo)

Business Manager MESA+ Institute at University of Twente


Timo Meinders was born on May 10, 1973 in Hengelo, The Netherlands. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Twente (UT), and holds a PhD in Nonlinear Solid Mechanics of the same university. In 2000 he started as an assistant professor and later became associate professor in the field of solid mechanics. He published over 80 publications in refereed journals and conferences, was assistant promotor of ~10 PhD students, supervised ~40 graduate students and taught several courses on BSC, MSc and PhD level.

In 2014 he became director Business Relations at the Faculty Engineering Technology at the UT and helped in setting up the Fraunhofer Project Centre at the UT. In 2020 he joined the MESA+ institute for Nanotechnology as managing director and currently holds that position. At MESA+ around 600 researchers carry out cutting edge research in the field of microelectronics, photonics and microfluidics. Besides he is the Chief Technology Officer of the national growthfund program NXTGEN Hightech (~ 1 billion €) on high-tech equipment.

Ambition for MinacNed:

To strengthen and extending the position of MinacNed for being the national branche organization for microtechnology, nanotechnology and quantum technology, linking knowledge partners and industry in a vibrant ecosystem.