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Katja Pahnke


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Personal profile


I strongly believe that break-through innovations are initiated in a multidisciplinary, multicultural and entrepreneurial environment. Our way of working connects the academic world with the industrial High Tech ecosystem.

Research profile

Katja Pahnke is managing director of the High Tech Systems Center (HTSC) at the University of Eindhoven of Technology (TU/e). The TU/e HTSC drives multidisciplinary fundamental research programs focusing on complex equipment with the emphasis on systems engineering. In the joint innovation center AMSYSTEMS Center(a collaboration between TNO and TU/e HTSC) she is part of the management board. AMSYSTEMS focuses predominantly on the development of production equipment for smart, personalized and multi-functional products in 3D printing and digital processing.

Katja graduated in Chemical Engineering in Oldenburg, Germany (thesis at Philips Lighting) and started her career in Germany as head of microbiological, physical and chemical research at Umweltschutz Nord GmbH. Katja started working in the Netherlands in 1999 at TNO, in several positions. From 2007 till 2012 she was managing director and chairman of the board at TÜV Rheinland TNO Automotive International BV (now Siemens), full vehicle passive safety testing in the automotive industry. Till March 2019 she was, parallel to her role at the Eindhoven University of Technology, director of TMC Technology Executives, operating as operational and strategic partner on management level for leadership questions in the High Tech industry and set up the business cells TMC Chemical, Mechanical, Automotive before.

External positions

Member of non-executive board Prodrive Technologies Group B.V.

1 Jul 2018 → …

Director TMC Technology Executives B.V.

1 Sep 201228 Feb 2019
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