Nathan Bowden was born in the U.S.’s brown country in Indiana and first moved to the Netherlands for an exchange program during his Masters in Environmental Sciences at TU Delft. After completing his Masters in the U.S., he decided to pursue his career in the Netherlands.
Upon moving to the Netherlands, Nathan started off with a research position at TU Delft and later completed a PhD in chemical and Biobased engineering at Wageningen University. Shortly after his PhD, he became a lecturer for Avans University of Applied Sciences and finally found his way to ISPT.
We are here to solve problems related to sustainability and we use innovation as a medium to do soNathan Bowden – Program Manager and podcast maker
“I describe my day-to-day work as forming and maintain a network, in which I try to connect the demand from the industry to the ambitions of technology suppliers, the government and our global sustainability goals. I look for opportunities within industrial settings and initiate and facilitate related projects. This means that I communicate a lot with our partners. I inform people, pick up questions and opportunities and pass those on to the right people in our network. What I like most is that we’re an impartial organization: we are not here to find work for researchers, or find technologies for the industry, we are here to solve problems related to sustainability and we use innovation as a medium to do so.”
When explaining what ISPT does, Nathan often compares our work to that of a café owner. “We turn on the lights, we make sure the wine and the food are ready and when the people show up it is up to them: they’ll start chatting and that often leads to great new plans, new opportunities and finally: new innovations. We are not a café, but through matchmaking events and cluster meetings we reach out to people who want to work together, collaborating with universities, knowledge institutions, businesses, SMEs and everyone else that is involved in the energy- and material transition.”
Besides his function as a Program Manager in Industrial Fluids Processing, Nathan is in charge of our Process Technology Talent Program (PTTP) for HBO students and stimulates and develops several other learning community and human capital projects. Things that lay close to Nathan’s heart.
“In the end, this transition is something that should concern us all. You can develop a fantastic technology, but if nobody understands it, how will it work? Truthfully, it won’t. You’ll need support from communities and society. We all have our part in creating a sustainable tomorrow.”