The department

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is located in a highly industrialized region in the Netherlands, known as the ‘Brainport’. This region is internationally recognized as a top technology area with a special focus on the integration of design and technology. When TU/e started discussions with the creative industries in 2000, they expressed the wish for a new type of academic engineer

These engineers should combine insights into different fields of knowledge, as integrators of visions and ‘problemfinders’. They should be the designers of intelligent systems, products and related services in a societal context. Their focus? Adaptive behavior, context awareness and highly dynamic interaction. These systems meet the needs of today’s users and offer new, breakthrough possibilities leading to societal transformations. For these reasons the new Department of Industrial Design (ID), the ninth at TU/e, chose a specific new field within industrial design. It matches the development, expertise and interests of the surrounding and international industries.

An innovative educational approach was developed for students in this new field, based on competency-centered learning, with integration of education and research as one of the fundamental starting points of a university program. Research was gradually built up from 2002 onwards, resulting in two well established research groups integrating their expertise.

The department has set up a valuable international network, with staff and students originating from more than 25 different nationalities worldwide.

Departmental board

The departmental board is composed of the dean, managing director and two advisors, namely the director of education and a student member.


To search for specific persons within the department of Industrial Design, please go to the search staff webpage.


IDEa is an association by and for alumni of Industrial Design. We like to bring and keep alumni together, not just because we like to catch up every now and then, but to create a ground for exchange of expertise and experiences. Furthermore we hope to make sure that alumni keep each other up to date about developments in industry and in the academic environment. We would like to contribute to bringing forward a distinct profile of the Industrial Designer Eindhoven, in our region, on national and international level.

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This portal offers you as alumnus/alumna many interesting opportunities to strengthen the connection with each other and the university, for example through various circles (networks) where you can become a member (for example the alumni association), or through coaching students. You will also find the latest news in the field of research, developments and activities from TU/e. In short, the Alumni Portal is the starting point for a lively online TU/e Alumni community worldwide!