Squad projects

Projects are the backbone of the Industrial Design program, clustered in so called ‘squads’. Squads are groups were students, scientific staff, experts from the field, companies and organizations work together in a specific application domain. 

Within these squads, students and researchers all collaborate around a single theme, in order to exchange knowledge and experience, and to stimulate each other’s projects. Students in several stages of their education, work on a single design assignment, briefed by you as a client that encounters these challenges in your own practice. These projects typically run for five months (one semester), but can also be extended over several semesters.


Squads offer a learning environment that is close to professional reality. Students will learn to work in a multidisciplinary team, work together with various stakeholders and with students of various levels (both bachelor and master). This will prepare them to work in a domain that constantly adapts to societal changes. You can check the program project structure to see in what stages of the program our student performs a squad project.

Want to collaborate with one of these squads?

Click on the corresponding link below for more information about each squad. If you want to explore the options for collaboration, please contact the squad leader. 

SquadSquad leader
Connecting Rich Interaction in Growing Systemsdr.ir. J.W. (Joep) Frens
Crafting Everyday Soft Thingsdr. A. (Annika) Hupfeld
Design for Creativesdr.ir. J.V. (Javed) Khan
Innospacedr.ir. M. (Miguel) Bruns
Play and Learndr. E.D. (Erik) van der Spek
Seamless Interaction Design for Everyday Lifedr.ir. B.J. (Bart) Hengeveld
Social Inclusion and Physical Rehabilitationdr.ir. E.I. (Emilia) Barakova
Social Interactions with Shared Systemsdr.ir. H.A. (Harm) van Essen
Smart Mobilitydr. ir. F.L.M. (Frank) Delbressine
Studio Silverdr. Y. (Yuan) Lu
Transformative and Inclusive Practicesdr.ir. P.D.(Pierre) Levy
Vitalitydr.ir. C.J.P.G. (Carl) Megens