TU/e Distinctions

Our university has a history of awarding honrary doctorates to external researchers with an exceptional track record. And among our own researchers we have apointed  university ambassadors.  

University professors

TU/e’s university professors are the ambassadors of our university. They are appointed for a term of five years. There is no specific learning assignment associated with these university professorships. The Board can decide, in consultation with the Doctoral Degree Board, to commission the university professor to (further) develop a new field.

TU/e fellows

The TU/e and Departmental Fellowship are intended to connect leaders from a specific field of expertise to the TU/e. They act as ambassadors for the  university. From the nature of their careers, they emphatically perform in the field of Valorization. They also actively contribute to scientific research and education. This could include people with a special track record of R&D responsibility in a particular area in the business community.

University professors

TU/e Fellows

Michael Boot, Mechanical Engineering

Jeroen van Duivenbode, Electrical Engineering

Ruud van Herpen, Built Environment

Wim Maassen, Built Environment

Koert van Mensvoort, Industrial Design

Elke den Ouden, Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences

Ronald Rovers, Built Environment

Eduard Pelssers, Mechanical Engineering

Carlo van de Weijer, Strategic Area Smart Mobility

Wim van Houtum, Electrical Engineering 
(departmental fellow)

Photo: Bart van Overbeeke

Honorary doctorates

TU/e conferred its first honorary doctorate on Dr. ir. H. Kramers in 1976, on the occasion of the celebration of the university's 20th foundation day. From 1981 to 2005 honorary doctorates were conferred only during university lustrum celebrations, always three at each time. As of 2005 honorary doctorates are also to be conferred in the intermediate years in order to raise the academic stature of TU/e foundation day celebrations.

Distinguished professors

In 2008, TU/e started appointing a distinguished professor annually. In this way, the University wants to perpetuate contacts with a number of honorary doctors. A distinguished professor is appointed for four years and during that period he spends one week a year at a research group at the university. 

Lady Ann Dowling, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cambridge, received an honorary doctorate from TU/e during MomenTUm (21 September 2018). Dowling is an expert in the field of economical and quiet engines and is the current president of the British Royal Academy of Engineering. Her honorary promoter Ines Lopez Arteaga also sees her as an important role model for women in technology.

Honorary doctors

  • Prof. Dame Ann Dowling 2018
  • Prof. dr. Lars Arge, 2017
  • Prof. dr. Gilbert Laporte, 2016
  • Prof. dr. Joanna Aizenberg, 2016
  • Prof. dr. Mark Kushner, 2016
  • Prof. dr. Theodore Stathopoulos, 2015
  • Prof. dr. Norman Fleck, 2014
  • Prof. dr. Sabine van Huffel, 2013

Distinguished professors

  • Prof.dr. S.I. Stupp, BioNanotechnology in Medicine, Northwestern University (till 30-06-2021)
  • Prof.dr. N.A. Fleck, Mechanics of Materials, Cambridge University (till 01-01-2019)
  • Prof.dr. T. Stathopoulos, Building Physics, Urban Physics and Wind Engineering, Concordia University (till 30-04-2023)
  • Prof. M.J. Kushner, Computational Plasma Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, (till 21-04-2020)
  • Prof.dr. G. Laporte, Distribution Management, HEC Montréal (till 01-09-2020)
  • Prof.dr. J. Aizenberg, Bio-inspired Materials Engineering, Harvard University (till 01-10-2020)