Published on 19 April 2019
TU/e appoints prof.dr.ir. Theo Salet as dean
The Executive Board of TU Eindhoven has appointed Professor Theo Salet (Nijmegen, 1962) as Dean of the Department of the Built Environment as of 1 June 2019. Theo Salet succeeds prof.ir. Elphi Nelissen. Salet is a part-time Professor of Structural Design/Concrete Structures at the Department of Built Environment. His research focuses on the understanding, modelling and development of 3D concrete printing. As of August, Theo Salet will therefore be leaving Witteveen+Bos, where he is a senior partner and has been in charge of various challenging projects during his employment of over two decades.
Witteveen+Bos director Karin Sluis: 'Over the past twenty years, Theo has developed the Buildings area of expertise in particular enormously within our company. With his knowledge and enthusiasm, he has trained hundreds of colleagues. We are very grateful to Theo for that. We think it's fantastic that as dean Theo now has the wonderful opportunity to train many more engineers of the future. And of course we assume that this step will only strengthen the cooperation between the TU/e and Witteveen+Bos that Theo has built up.'
Theo Salet's research into the first 3D printed concrete bridge and the current printed housing project, project Milestone, has led to a great deal of international attention from academia, business and the media. He is a visiting professor at Nanyang Technical University in Singapore (NTU) and a driving force behind several industrial spin-off activities.
The new dean comes from Eindhoven's own ranks. Theo Salet obtained his MSc in 1986 from the Built Environment department of Eindhoven University of Technology. His PhD research focused on the structural behaviour of sandwich structures with foamed concrete cores. In 2012, Theo Salet was appointed part-time professor at TU/e’s Department of the Built Environment. As dean, he takes up the baton of Professor Elphi Nelissen. Rector Magnificus Frank Baaijens: ‘TU/e can be proud of this appointment. Someone who has been trained here, with a wealth of experience in the industry and an excellent track record in academic research.’