André van Geelen (1965) studied Chemistry at the University of Nijmegen. After graduation in 1990, he continued with his PhD work in solid state physics at the University of Nijmegen. In 1997 he obtained his PhD degree on: “Solar cells of the III-V materials GaAs and GaInP2”.
In 1995 he joined Philips Research Laboratories as researcher in opto-electronic devices for glass fiber communication. After acquisition of this group by Uniphase he became head of the crystal growth team. In 2002 he joined the startup company ThreeFive Photonics to develop photonic integrated circuits (PICS) based on InP. As Director of Engineering he setup a fabless supply chain for PICS and was directly involved in strategy and funding of the company. En
In 2004, he left the field of optical communications to move into RF communication for mobile phones and joined NXP in Nijmegen. At NXP he headed innovation in RF devices and RF processes for mobile phones and base stations. Development of new RF technologies was executed both in house as well as with external foundry partners. Togetherl with key stakeholders in NXP, he defined a business plan for tunable RF products and successfully acquired external funding. Supported by the executive leadership team the RF-MEMS activity was divested from NXP.
In 2008 EPCOS Netherlands BV was founded with the goal to build the tunable RF business. As general manager, André initiated and managed contacts with mobile phone customers, setup the worldwide supply chain and steered the team to develop first products: an antenna tuner for mobile phones. After successful implementation in several mobile phones and subsequent sales, EPCOS Netherlands was acquired by Qualcomm Technologies in 2013.
Since 2015 André is active as an independent advisor with focus on strategy definition, senior management and differentiating technology development. Making the connection between these fields is at the heart of his interest. He has supported companies in diverse technology area’s like Terahertz detection, infrared imaging and spectroscopy, futures database intelligence and bitcoin.