Frank Baaijens was born in Geleen, the Netherlands, 1958. He received his PhD degree from the Eindhoven University of Technology in 1987 with prof. J.D. Janssen as his supervisor. In 1985 he joined Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven to work on Computational Mechanics. Since 1990 he has been part time professor on Computational Rheology at the Eindhoven University of Technology. In July 1995 he was appointed full professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. In October 2002 he was appointed full professor in the Department of BioMedical Engineering (Soft Tissue Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering). From 2003-2007 he was Dean of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and from 2007-2014 he was Scientific Director of the national research program on BioMedical Materials (BMM). He has published over 300 peer reviewed papers in international scientific journals, and has graduated nearly 50 PhD candidates. From the research in his group the company QTIS/e was started (2007), that later merged with Xeltis (2014). He currently serves as Rector Magnificus of the Eindhoven University of Technology.