Dear eseia Members, Partners and Friends,
Deeply touched and with great sadness, we have to inform you that the eseia Treasurer and our dear friend Sjoerd van Tongeren passed away on the night of February 1st 2016 while on a delegation visit to TU Graz, Austria. We all lose a close friend coined by an eternally positive mind and outstanding character.
Sjoerd provided vital strategic support for the built-up of eseia, forming close bonds between University of Twente and other members of eseia. Sjoerd’s drive and energy as well as his visionary, innovative character were crucial to form our pioneering European Alliance for sustainability and cooperation between business, industry and academia. Sjoerd’s passion to connect powerful ideas at regional as well as international level most strongly marked his life and work.
With energy, dedication and deep social understanding, Sjoerd was involved in the development of outstanding institutions such as Kennispark Twente, TrenT Research Network, Wireless Campus, Datalab – and eseia, which Sjoerd supported as Treasurer.
Sjoerd’s passing means a great loss to eseia, but we lose much more than a colleague. We shall miss a precious life and honour Sjoerd as what he was to us: a close friend.
We treasure the memories of Sjoerd in our hearts and will always remember his ready smile, witty mind and powerful personality.
All our thoughts and wishes go out to his wife, children and family.