The mission of the Industrial Design Department at Eindhoven University of Technology is to perform research on and provide education in: Creating intelligent systems, products and related services in a societal context.

Industrial Design of the future is very much the design of intelligent products. A truly intelligent product is embedded, aware, personalized and adaptive, and is a partner in interaction. Intelligent products and systems can be found in every aspect of life, and their realization requires knowledge in different fields. Our ambition is to create a new content for industrial design based on the integration of three paradigms: Social Science, Design and Engineering.

Integration of research and education

he department’s strategy is based on strong links between research and education. Our educational model is focused on the integration of teaching/learning on the one hand and exploration/research on the other. 

Research through design

We have four research groups, each representing one area of expertise: Designed Intelligence, User Centered Engineering, Designing Quality in Interaction and Business Process Design.  

We focus on a ‘research through design’ approach, consisting of complete design and evaluation cycles. We strive to ensure that the research results are translated into successful innovations, and serve as a basis for the creation of new enterprises.

Competency-centered education

The Industrial Design curriculum is competency-centered, a unique educational model that brings together learning and working. Right from their very first day students learn, apply and develop the appropriate attitude, while functioning as ‘junior employees’.

Our department regards it as its task to train engineers (BSc and MSc) possessing a sound basis of knowledge, as well as a rich set of competencies that will enable them to develop successful careers in Industrial Design and a wide range of functions within the community.

Industry involvement

Eindhoven University of Technology is located in a highly industrialized region, known as ‘Brainport’. The region is internationally recognized as a top technology area with a special focus on the integration of design and technology. The department collaborates extensively with companies in the region. They had expressed the wish for a new type of academic engineer, and were involved directly when the department was established in 2001. Today companies have a natural involvement in our education and research process, and work together with us in different ways in these areas.

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Our department has set up a valuable international network, and now has staff and students of more than 25 different nationalities from around the world. We initiate and maintain many international contacts with both institutes and (multinational) industries, resulting in exchanges of students and staff and the realization of international research programs. Partners from four continents (Europe, USA, Asia and Australia) work together in this network.


We offer students and staff an international and academic, in other words intellectually stimulating, study and working environment that will inspire them to broadly-based personal development, social and cultural engagement and an entrepreneurial attitude.