The Department of Design, Production and Management at the University of Twente (Faculty of Engineering Technology) provides scientific research into and education on the wide field of design. As part of the department, the Design Engineering Chair aims its research at the understanding and improvement of product development processes (and, consequently, manufacturing processes). This research field’s main perspective is to develop methods and tools for design(er) support to meet the requirements and constraints of the entire product life cycle. 'Integration' and 'synthesis' are important topics for design engineering research; the focus is on understanding and improving the design process, irrespective of the product type. Consequently, topics like Smart Industry, Systems Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing and Model-Based Engineering are inherent in the research and education activities of the chair. In both activities, the chair brings together the many perspectives on product development, thus advancing knowledge on effective and efficient product development cycles.