Departments & research chairs

Biomechanical Engineering

Research at the interface of technological and medical sciences, aimed at improving rehabilitation of patients with sensory or motor disorders, resulting in their increased independence. The research will be focused in three themes, i.e. neural control of movement and posture, characterization of biological tissue behavior and the effect of (surgical)  interventions, and development of methods to study human movement. The medical application areas of the research are rehabilitation, orthopedics and neurology.

Research chairs:
Biomechanical Engineering (prof. dr. ir. H.F.J.M. Koopman)
Biomechanical Implants (prof. dr. ir. N.J.J. Verdonschot)
Biomechatronics and Rehabilitation Technology (prof. dr. ir. H. van der Kooij)
Design of Biomedical Products (prof. dr. ir. G.J. Verkerke)
Rehabilitation Medicine and Technology (prof. dr. J.S. Rietman)
Surgical Robotics (prof.dr. S. Misra)
Technology in Cardiac Surgery (prof.dr. J.G. Grandjean)

Related research institute: MIRA

Civil Engineering

Research to acquire qualitative and quantitative knowledge on the life cycle of civil engineering systems and objects, with a particular focus on the initiative phase, the phase of conceptual or functional design, and the operation and maintenance phase, all in a societal and environmental context. Research concentrates on construction management and engineering (e.g. planning, development, procurement systems and construction engineering) transport studies (e.g. engineering, management and interaction of transport systems) and water engineering and management (physics of marine and fluvial systems and  integrated water management).

Research chairs:
Applications of Integrated Driver Assistance (prof.dr. M.H. Martens)
Construction Process Integration and ICT ( A.M. Adriaanse)
Design, Engineering and Innovation Management (prof. dr. ir. J.I.M. Halman)
Market Dynamics (prof. dr. ir. A.G. Dorée)
Modelling Integrated Water Resources Management (prof. ir. E. van Beek)
Modelling Water Management and Climate (prof.dr. J. Kwadijk)
Multidisciplinary Water Management ( A.Y. Hoekstra)
Planning and Development (prof. dr. G.P.M.R. Dewulf)
Transport Engineering and Management ( E.C. van Berkum)
Transport Planning ( K.T. Geurs)
Visualization and simulation in Construction ( T. Hartmann)
Water Engineering and Management, in particular Watersystems (prof.dr. S.J.M.H. Hulscher)
Climate Change impacts of Coastal Risk (Prof.dr. R. Ranasinghe) 

Related research institutes: IGS, CTIT

Design, production and management

Research on the understanding and improvement of design processes (and consequently also manufacturing processes). Focal points in this research field are the development of methods and tools for scenario-based, user-oriented product design against the background of the requirements and constraints of the entire product life cycle, and manufacturing facility and warehousing design. 'Integration' and 'synthesis' are important topics for design engineering research, the focus is on understanding and improving the design process irrespective of the product.

Research chairs:
Design Engineering ( F.J.A.M. van Houten)
Human centred design ( M.C. van der Voort)
Integrated life cycle management (prof.dr. M.W. Groll)
Interaction Design (vacancy)
Maintenance Engineering ( L.A.M. van Dongen)
Packaging Design and Management ( R. ten Klooster)
Product-Market Relations  ( J. Henseler)

Related research programme: SBE

Mechanics of Solids, Surfaces and Systems

Develop the technology for future manufacturing processes and new products by a science based engineering approach focused on material behavior, system behavior and robust optimization.  Manufacturing new products and/or developing new processes requires a profound scientific understanding of (functional) materials (e.g. elastomers, polymers, composites, metals, bio-materials) and their interactions throughout the complete life cycle: during design, production, use and after service life.

Research chairs:
Elastomer Technology and Engineering (prof. A. Blume)
Mechanical Automation and Mechatronics ( R.G.K.M. Aarts)
Design of Mechanisms and Robotics (prof.dr. J.L. Herder)
Structural Dynamics and Control (vacancy)
Production Technology ( R. Akkerman)
Nonlinear Solid Mechanics ( A.H. van den Boogaard)
Structural Dynamics & Acoustics ( A. de Boer)
Dynamics Based Maintenance ( T. Tinga)
Surface Technology and Tribology ( D.J. Schipper)
Skin Tribology (  E. van der Heide)
Tribology Based Maintenance ( P.M. Lugt) 

Related research programme: SBE

Thermal and Fluid Engineering

Research in theoretical, numerical and experimental fluid dynamics, granular materials and thermal engineering, driven by applications in fields such as mechanical engineering, maritime engineering, aerospace engineering and process technology. Research themes are aero-acoustics, fluid mechanics of rotating flow machinery, multi-phase flows, transport phenomena, sustainable fuels, turbulent combustion and heat transfer.

Research chairs:
Energy Technology ( G. Brem)
Engineering Fluid Dynamics ( C.H. Venner)
Multi Scale Mechanics (prof.dr. Stefan Luding)
Thermal Engineering ( T.H. van der Meer)

Related research institute/programme: MESA+,SBE

list of research groups ('Vakgroepen')

The chairs above used to be grouped in research groups. These groups are: