Patrick Groenen new Dean of Erasmus School of Economics

Patrick Groenen

The Executive Board of Erasmus University Rotterdam has appointed Professor Patrick Groenen as Dean of Erasmus School of Economics (ESE). Groenen is currently Professor of Statistics and Director of the Econometric Institute both at Erasmus School of Economics. His appointment comes into effect on May 1, 2020. He succeeds interim dean Professor Frank van der Duijn Schouten that has been in this function since February 1, 2019.

Achieving the ambitions for ESE

Patrick Groenen has been a professor of Statistics at Erasmus School of Economics since 2002. The Executive Board and the School are convinced that with professor Groenen, they have appointed a dean with the ability to make internal and external connections and to strengthen research and education at the school further.

"Professor Groenen has an excellent scientific record, and with his experience within our university, he will be an excellent leader of what is the oldest school of our university. As an Executive Board, we look forward to collaborating with Prof Groenen and together achieve the ambitions of the school,” says Rutger Engels, Rector Magnificus.

The Executive Board is extremely grateful to prof. dr. Frank van der Duijn Schouten for his exceptional dedication and valuable work as acting vice-dean of Erasmus School of Economics.

Energetic and inspiring school

In the coming years, Patrick Groenen wants to further develop and improve the school's strategy with regards to research, education and social impact.

"Erasmus School of Economics is an energetic and inspiring environment for both our staff and students. I look forward to contributing in my new role as Dean of this fantastic school. One which maintains a strong reputation in research and education and remains as one of the leading European economics faculties. The high quality of our programmes are reflected in the large number of our alumni in leadership positions across business, research and politics. To continue our success, the well-being of our employees is paramount. For me, every colleague is relevant to the success of our school, both support and scientific staff," says Patrick Groenen.

Academic career Groenen

Patrick Groenen, Professor of Statistics and since 2014, he has been the Director of the Econometric Institute, a tenure which he will conclude on May 1, 2020. at the Econometric Institute of Erasmus School of Economics. For nearly five years, until 2014, Prof Groenen was the Director of Doctoral Education of the Erasmus Research Institute of Management. Patrick Groenen will continue some of his teaching activities.

Professor Groenen research focuses on data science methods such as support vector machines, partial least squares, multidimensional scaling, and their numerical algorithms. He has also co-authored publications in other fields such as geno-economics, strategy, and organisational behaviour as well as co-authored several textbooks on multidimensional scaling, published by Springer. In addition, he has published articles in top peer-reviewed journals including, amongst others, the Journal of Machine Learning Research, Journal of Marketing Research, Psychometrika, Psychological Methods, the Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics.

More information

For more information, please contact:

Ronald de Groot, Media and Public Relations Officer at Erasmus School of Economics, +31 6 53 641 846.

Rateb Abawi, Sr. Spokesperson at Erasmus University Rotterdam, +31 6 3649 5419.

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