Dongen, L.A.M

PROF.DR.IR. l.a.m. VAN doNGEN (leo)

Chair of Maintenance Engineering

Telephone: +31 53 489 2520


Room: Horstring W231 


Leo A.M. van Dongen (1954) has worked for the Netherlands Railways (NS, 100% state owned) for 35 years. He retired as Chief Technology Officer (CTO), responsible for the asset management of the rolling stock fleet, workshops and maintenance equipment in August 2019. Since 2010 he is also professor in Maintenance Engineering at the faculty of Engineering Technology, in the Department of Design, Production and Management of the University of Twente.

After his studies in mechanical engineering, he completed his doctoral research at Eindhoven University of Technology on energy efficiency of drive trains for electric vehicles. At DAF Trucks he was active in the development of diesel engines. His career within NS has concentrated mainly on technological functions. These include project manager of electric locomotives, secretary to the executive board, fleet manager at NS Reizigers, and, within NedTrain, he was responsible for technical fleet management, maintenance systems, spare parts purchase, maintenance management and construction of new capital goods.

He promotes the academic development of the engineering profession and encourages further research into maintenance processes: from design methodologies for capital goods to the development of associated maintenance concepts, not only for the initial investment, but also for the management during the entire life-cycle!

“It is a challenge to collaborate between organization and people in order to unite technology, knowledge and sustainable operational management. I intend to enable the new generation of engineers make even more progress in this respect.”


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Latest Publications (2015-2019):   


Moerman, J-J., Braaksma, A. J. J., & van Dongen, L. A. M. (2019). Assessing HRO Principles for Reliable Performance in Asset-Intensive Organisations: Expecting the Unexpected. In Handbook of Research in Industrial Advancement in Scientific Knowledge (pp. 160-181). IGI Global.

Wu, S. K., Braaksma, A. J. J., & van Dongen, L. A. M. (Accepted/In press). Innovation Management in outsourced railway maintenance: the case of a Dutch railway service provider. In Transportation Systems: Managing Performance through Advanced Maintenance Engineering (Asset Analytics - Performance and Safety Management). Springer.

Martinetti, A., Costa Marques, H., Singh, S., & van Dongen, L. (2019). Reflections on the Limited Pervasiveness of Augmented Reality in Industrial Sectors. Applied Sciences (Switzerland)9(16), [3382].

Van Dongen, L. A. M., Frunt, L., & Martinetti, A. (2019). Smart Asset Management or Smart Operation Management? The Netherlands Railways Case. In S. Singh, A. Martinetti, A. Majumdar, & L. van Dongen (Eds.), Transportation Systems: Managing Performance through Advanced Maintenance Engineering (pp. 113-132). [Chapter 8] (Asset analytics). Springer.

Reyes Garcia, J. R., Martinetti, A., Jauregui Becker, J. M., Singh, S., & van Dongen, L. A. M. (2019). Towards an Industry 4.0-Based Maintenance Approach in the Manufacturing Processes. In V. González-Prida Diaz, & J. P. Zamora Bonilla (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Industrial Advancement in Scientific Knowledge (pp. 135-159). IGI Global.

Singh, S., Martinetti, A., Majumdar, A., & van Dongen, L. (Eds.) (2019). Transportation Systems: Managing Performance through Advanced Maintenance Engineering. (Asset Analytics). Springer.


Martinetti, A., Hes, F. J., & van Dongen, L. A. M. (2018). Emergency response in large public facilities: thoughts and reflections on the unique Dutch Campus University. Geoingegneria Ambientale e Mineraria153(1), 68-73.

Martinetti, A., & van Dongen, L. A. M. (2018). Evolution of safety in industry 4.0: Future opportunities adopting resilience and antifragility engineering and virtual and augmented reality. Geoingegneria Ambientale e Mineraria154(2), 27-31.

Martinetti, A., Schakel, E. J., & van Dongen, L. A. M. (2018). Flying asset: Framework for developing scalable maintenance program for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). Journal of quality in maintenance engineering24(2), 152-169.

Rajabalinejad, M., & van Dongen, L. A. M. (2018). Framing success: The Netherlands railways experience. International Journal of System of Systems Engineering8(4), 313-329.

van Dongen, L. A. M. (2018). Opleiden voor Industrie 4.0. Petrochem2018(4).

Martinetti, A., Chatzimichailidou, M., Maida, L., & van Dongen, L. A. M. (2018). Safety I-II, Resilience and Antifragility Engineering: A debate explained through an accident occurred on a Mobile Elevating Work Platform. International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics25(1), 66-75.

Martinetti, A., Margaryan, M., & van Dongen, L. (2018). Simulating mechanical stress on a micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) body frame for selecting maintenance actions. Procedia manufacturing16, 61-66.

Martinetti, A., Moerman, J-J., & van Dongen, L. A. M. (2018). Storytelling as a strategy in managing complex systems: Using antifragility for handling an uncertain future in reliability. Journal of the Safety and Reliability Society, 1-15.

Martinetti, A., 't Hart, K., Damgrave, R., van Dongen, L. A. M., Turkenburg, R., & Nouwens, A. (2018). There is no spoon: Applying virtual reality for maintenance training of rolling stock technicians. International Journal of System of Systems Engineering8(4), 398-415.

Chatzimichailidou, M. M., Martinetti, A., Majumdar, A., van Dongen, L. A. M., & Yotto Ochieng, W. (2018). Wheel maintenance in rolling stock: safety challenges in the defect detection process. International Journal of System of Systems Engineering8(4), 387-397.


Baarle, David van and Dongen, Leo van (2017) Transparante keten verlaagt levensduurkosten. iMaintain, 14 (3). 16 - 21. ISSN 2211-6826

Dongen, Leo van (2017) Techniek gelukkig weer achter het gordijn vandaan. iMaintain, 14 (1). 8 - 13. ISSN 2211-6826

Martinetti, Alberto and Rajabalinejad, Mohammad and Dongen, Leo van (2017) Shaping the future maintenance operations: reflections on the adoptions of Augmented Reality through problems and opportunities. Procedia CIRP, 57 . 14 - 17. ISSN 2212-8271

Ruitenburg, R.J. and Braaksma, A.J.J. and Dongen, L.A.M. van (2017) Asset life cycle plans: twelve steps to assist strategic decision-making in asset life cycle management. In: Maria Carmen Carnero & Vicente Gonzalez-Prida (Eds.), Optimum decision making in asset management. IGI Global, Hershey, PA, 259 - 287. ISBN 9781522506515


Akkermans, Henk and Besselink, Lex and Dongen, Leo van and Schouten, Richard (2016) Smart moves for smart maintenance: findings from a Delphi study on 'Maintenance Innovation Priorities' for the Netherlands. [Report]

Dongen, Leo A.M. van (2016) Treininformatie: onderhoudstoestand realtime bijhouden. Ingenieur, 2016 (5). 28 - 29. ISSN 0020-1146

Dongen, Leo A.M. van (2016) Real time monitoring is de sleutel: interview. Langs de IJssel, 2016 (6). 4 - 5.

Martinetti, Alberto and Dongen, Leo A.M. van and Romano, Raffaele (2016) Beyond Accidents: A Back-Analysis on Conveyor Belt Injury for a Better Design for Maintenance Operations. American journal of applied sciences . ISSN 1546-9239

Rajabalinejad, M. and Martinetti, A. and Dongen, L.A.M. van (2016) Operation, Safety and Human: Critical Factors for the Success of Railway Transportation. In: Eleventh International Conference on System of Systems Engineering (SoSE), 12-06-2016 - 16-06-2016, Kongsberg, Norway.

Ruitenburg, R.J. and Braaksma, A.J.J. and Dongen, L.A.M. van (2016) Agility in asset management, or: how to be flexible with assets designed for stability. In: 23rd EurOMA Conference, 17-06-2016 - 22-06-2016, Trondheim, Norway.


Apallius de Vos, Jack I. and Dongen, Leo A.M. van (2015) Performance Centered Maintenance as a Core Policy in Strategic Maintenance Control. Procedia CIRP, 38 . 255 - 258. ISSN 2212-8271

Busstra, Marten and Dongen, Leo A.M. van (2015) Creating Value by Integrating Logistic Trains Services and Maintenance Activities. Procedia CIRP, 38 . 250 - 254. ISSN 2212-8271

Daal, P. van and Dongen, Leo A.M. van (2015) Predictief onderhoud: een logische volgende stap in NedTrain's dienstverlening. VNSG Magazine . 20 - 21.

Daal, Pieter van and Dongen, Leo A.M. van (2015) Predictief onderhoud: een logische volgende stap in NedTrain's dienstverlening: interview met Leo van Dongen. VNSG magazine, 19 (1). 20 - 21. ISSN 1571-4497

Dongen, L.A.M. van (2015) Through-Life Engineering Services: The NedTrain Case. In: Louis Redding & Rajkumar Roy (Eds.), Through-life Engineering Services: Motivation, Theory, and Practice. Decision engineering . Springer, 29 - 51. ISBN 9783319121109

Dongen, L.A.M. van (2015) Asset Management: A Maintenance Engineers View. International journal of performability engineering, 11 (2). 181 - 197. ISSN 0973-1318

Dongen, Leo A.M. van (2015) Prestatiemanagement op niveau(s). MaintNL (NVDO), 2015 (9). 53 -.

Martinetti, A. and Braaksma, A.J.J. and Ziggers, J. and Dongen, L.A.M. van (2015) Initial spare parts assortment decision making for rolling stock maintenance: a structured approach. In: 49th ESReDA Seminar, 29-10-2015 - 30-10-2015, Brussels.

Parada Puig, J.E. and Basten, Rob J.I. and Dongen, L.A.M. van (2015) Understanding Maintenance Decisions: How to Support Acquisition of Capital Assets. In: Louis Redding & Rajkumar Roy (Eds.), Through-life Engineering Services: Motivation, Theory, and Practice. Decision engineering . Springer, 209 - 224. ISBN 9783319121109

Ruitenburg, R.J. and Braaksma, A.J.J. and Dongen, L.A.M. van (2015) Towards a model for effective asset life cycle management control - a case study in rolling stock maintenance. In: 22nd EurOMA conference, operations management for sustainable competitiveness, June 26th-July 1st, Neuchatel, 26-06-2015 - 01-07-2015, Neuchatel.

Santema, S. and Dongen, L.A.M. van (2015) Onderhoud en strategie beter op elkaar afstemmen. MaintNL (NVDO), 2015 (10). 53 - 55.