cosine is honored to announce that our founder and Managing Director, Prof. Dr Marco Beijersbergen, has been appointed as one of the distinguished 62 Fellows of the Netherlands Academy of Engineering (NAE). He joins a prestigious list of top experts in the fields of technological sciences, applied research and development in the Netherlands. This recognition by the NAE underscores the pivotal role that technological innovation plays in shaping our future and solidifies cosine’s position at the forefront of this exciting journey.
Prof. Dr Beijersbergen shared his thoughts on this achievement: “First, I’m truly honored to be one of the founding fellows of the NAE. As a physicist, I appreciate that my fellowship demonstrates the close relationship between physics and engineering, highlighting the vast potential for innovation where these fields intersect. Physics plays a crucial role in the world of engineering. Second, as both a professor and the leader of a company on the cutting edge of innovation and engineering, my fellowship showcases that the synergy between science and engineering is not only possible but can create significant value. I see this as a recognition for cosine as well; as a small company, we prove that we can lead the way in innovative developments in both physics and engineering.”
Technological innovation is at the heart of cosine’s mission. Since 1998, we have been developing and delivering innovative measurement systems for space and industrial applications. The technologies we develop span the field of applied physics, with extensive experience in spectroscopy, laser systems and radiation imaging systems. We use our knowledge in physics, electronics and software to solve problems in an innovative way, and to bring out-of-the-box solutions to our clients. Our company is leading worldwide in the development of innovative measurement solutions from space, such as Silicon Pore Optics or remote sensing instrumentation with onboard analytics.
The mission of the NAE
The NAE unites the top experts active in technological sciences and applied research and development. They come from scientific, governmental, and industrial organizations, and share the passion for engineering-based innovation as a means to overcome many of our societal challenges, and to sustain our country’s earning power within the European and international context.
These 62 Fellows, carefully selected from the realms of technological sciences, applied research, and innovation, are now an integral part of NAE’s mission. Together, they are committed to creating an environment that fosters innovation, resulting in the development of engineering-based solutions that address critical societal challenges. Their efforts are set to yield significant social and economic benefits, opening up new business opportunities and expanding the Netherlands’ export potential.
About Prof. Dr Marco Beijersbergen
Marco Beijersbergen studied physics in Leiden and obtained a PhD in quantum optics at Leiden University in 1996. He then worked as a scientist at the Research and Technology Centre of the European Space Agency. In 1998 he founded cosine, a company which develops optical instrumentation for remote sensing and astronomy and is a major supplier of miniaturized remote sensing instrumentation for space. cosine consists of 50 scientists, engineers and technicians, and has offices and cleanrooms for manufacturing and assembly, integration and testing of optics and instruments in the Netherlands, Germany and Italy.
Since 2005 Marco is an unremunerated professor at the physics department of Leiden University, teaching advanced optics, space instrumentation and entrepreneurship. He participates in several organizations that promote and organize collaborations in science and technology, including the roadmap Advanced Instrumentation in the Dutch Topsectoren program, the route Measuring and Detecting of the Dutch National Science Agenda and the Economic Board of his region.