Dr. J.M. (Jaap) Vleugel


Education and non-TUD years
Jaap studied general economics (macro- and micro-economics) and business IT at the Faculty of Economics and Business Sciences of the Free University in Amsterdam. His (Drs.) thesis dealt with road pricing. He was invited as junior researcher at the Economic and Social Institute (ESI)/Dpt. of Spatial Economics while working on his internship project for the OECD. He mastered project management in many externally financed spatial- & transport(-economic) projects.

Then he took a short break from academics: A logistic simulation software start-up, transport- (freight) and environmental consultancy (nature finance, impact studies).

PhD thesis
Jaap started his PhD project (Transport and Land-use scenarios, 2000), not related with his full-time jobs, just before he left Free University and continued as an external PhD candidate, which was a pleasant distraction.

The Delft research experience (2001-2011)
He started at TU Delft's (former) OTB Research Institute in the Freight Transport section. He was project leader in co-financed projects in railways and city logistics. It was an enriching and stimulating experience to work in a dedicated research environment. Business-like, short lines, hence fast decision-making and very professionally managed.

The Delft education experience (2011-202x)
Jaap gradually became involved in education. His extensive research and management experience enable him to learn students to successfully manage their thesis and design projects. These projects are unique in the sense that they fulfill scientific requirements and the needs of their commissioners.


Team player & one-man army, multi-lingual. As a proponent of interdisciplinary work, I am against extreme specialisation. It leads to silos, castles, islands and partial 'solutions'. A professional should master at least a few fields at a good level. This is what I call a multi-specialist.
We live in a world without convincing leadership in many areas. This magnifies the many uncertainties we already experience. In such a climate, it is good to know that there are still people around who have the brains, range, perseverance and integrity to help their customers (students, commissioners) not 'just' achieve their initial goals, but also change their mindset structurally, to become more self-confident and mature. Work with me and learn to bypass the usual 'not possible'. Send an invite to explore mutual interests. Stay healthy!

Civil Engineering & Geosciences

  • CEE5007 PDEng Civil and Environmental Engineering: Lecturer in module 3 (CBA) & duo-coordinator of module 4 (business case) (2021-)
  • CTB3000(-16) CE thesis (BEP): Supervisor (2013-15, 2019-)
  • CT3200 Infrastructure Planning & Governance: Course coordinator (2021-)
  • CT3201 Interdisciplinary & Collaborative Design Project: Invited expert (2015-)

Interfaculty education

  • TIL5050-20 Design project (teams): Coordinator, lecturer, supervisor
  • TIL5060 Thesis project: Supervisor, committee member
  • TIL website & Brightspace: Programme, TIL5060, TIL5050

Cooperation with 3mE (M&TT/MME)

  • ME54035 (a.o.) Thesis: Invited committee member

Cooperation with Architecture

  • AR3CS100 Graduation Studio Cross Domain City of the Future: Invited expert (2020-)
  • AR0109 City of Innovations Project: Invited expert (2020-)
Topic Period Ready Active Prepare
TIL5050   2013+ 112 3 5
TIL5060 2012+ 39 7 5
3mE 2010+ 30    
BSc BJTU 2020   4  

Occassionally or non-active

Civil Engineering & Geosciences

  • BSc CT3366 (CT-MI127 Minor TIL) Economie van Transport en Externe Effecten: Coordinator, lecturer, supervisor (2015-20)
  • CIE4040-09 Internships: Supervisor, content advisor (2015-2020)

MSc Transport Infrastructure & Logistics

  • TIL5060 Thesis: Graduation coordinator (2018-2021)

Other education

  • CME MSc thesis (2014): Supervisor
  • BSc / MSc / PhD Thesis at other faculties within TUD: Advisor
  • BSc / MSc / PhD Thesis at other universities: Advisor


TIL5060 thesis - sustainability

Stefan van Lier, Optimizing solid waste management in theme parks, A case study at Efteling, Delft, 04-11-2020.

Max Buirma, Ship based carbon capture storage and utilisation, A roadmap towards implementation for large LNG powered offshore vessels, study for Heerema Contractors, Delft, 29-10-2020.

Jacob Thijssen, How can financiers improve the carbon efficienty of their shipping portfolios. Case study at NIBC Bank, Delft, 31-11-2019.

Thomas Mulder., How to increase local value added and make the supply chain of cashew nuts more sustainable, study for TDG, Delft, 11-07-2019.

Ilias Bouhannouche, Evaluating the operational and financial feasibility of battery-electric AGVs at brownfield container terminals, study for ECT, Delft, 07-02-2019.

Dioeke Tromp, Airside vehicles: Roads to CO2 reduction The design of an Emission-Prediction-Decision Model (EPDM), Delft, 12-11-2018.

Hadassa Stevens, Towards an adequate methodology for GHG emissions accounting in logistics, A case study at Heineken, Delft, 1-10-2018.

Rutger van Ouwerkerk, Environmental network optimisation using Physical Internet logistics in the parcel delivery industry, study for Post.nl, Delft, 31-07-2018.


MSc TIL5050-12/20 Design - sustainability

Chung, E., Hooft, F.M., Joon, P.J.A., Leeuwen, B. van, Poelgeest, M. van, Developing a decision support tool to assess the feasibility of the Asphalt Recycling Train in The Netherlands, Delft, 09-03-2020.

Grolle, J., Koev, V., Oostenbroek, A., Strikwerda, N., Woensdregt, K., Improving KLM's waste stream logistics, Delft, 12-02-2020.

Broekman, M., Loudon, E., Graeff, J. de, Kalf, H., Sustainable taxiing and push back in 2030 on Schiphol for Transavia, Delft, 05-02-2020.

Bentem, K., Buirma, M., Duurling, K. van, Schuckink Kool, K., Turhan, E., Alternative marine fuels, A cost comparison model for 2050, project for TUD P&E Zero Emission Fuels, Delft, 10-12-2019.

Buitenweg, A., Rooij, D. van, Vendrik, I., Verhoeven, K., Volberda, L, Analytically determining the optimal location for a solar methanol farm, project for TUD P&E Zero Emission Fuels, Delft, 08-05-2019.

Indriana, I.R., Apparcel, M., Boogaard, R. van den, Jonsdottit, S.B., Gan, Z., Transportation optimization of BCTN’s terminals, Delft, 31-11-18.

Cheng., P-Y., Ebers, Th., Rugge, T. van, Zuurbier, E., Exploring the Smart Place Concept – A case study for the municipality of Amsterdam and Goudappel Coffeng, Delft, 30-04-2018.

Alphen, M.C., Overtoom, I.A.E., Rieske, J.H.E., Verweij, K.M., Turnaround terminal, project for Deerns, 24-04-2018.

Diran, D.D., Cornelisse, E.P., Rijsman, L.F., Aanhane, F.H.J., Heijden, T. van der, Taxsea!, Optimization of crew change logistics in offshore industry, report for Ampelmann, Delft, 23-08-2017.

Bronsvoort, K.A., Dokter, A.L., Versluys, G.V., Zuniga, E.A., Parking facility design for the future, report for Deerns, Delft, 18-05-2017.

Dimitropoulos, Ch., Soekander, L., He. Y., Xie, W., Delft Smart City, Planning for the future of Delft Schieoevers North, project for Delft Municipality, Delft, 10-02-2017.

Arends, E., Borst, L., Mensink, V., Pronk, R., Tuin, M. van, EV-Box in the USA, Designing the most cost-efficient way to assemble and deliver charging stations, final report, Delft, 23-06-2016.

Klein, A., Vaessen, M., Vreede, N. de, Welsenes, J. van, Yu, S., Analyses and recommendations on the distribution and warehousing processes of Foods and Home & Personal Care shared SKU’sin the Benelux, project for Unilever Benelux, final report TIL Design project, Delft, 21-01-2016.

Looff., E., Roelofsen, D., Schoenmaker, H., Straaten, J. van, Composite access structures, towards implementation, project for Huisman Equipment B.V., final report, Delft, 12-01-2016.

Blangé, J., Geerts B., Li, T., Zhou, T., Feasibility of car-free cities, final report TIL Designproject, internal TUD project, Delft, 30-06-2014.

Blijenburgh, R., Kerpel, D., Nieuwenhuijsen, J., Tielbeek, E., A refreshing insight in transport solutions for Heineken, Delft, 23-06-2014.


TIL5060 thesis ongoing


Vittorio Mandolesi, Evaluating transport and warehousing costs savings opportunity through direct delivery implementation in a supply chain distribution structure with DCs: Case study at Philips coffee business, Delft.

Julius Scheepens, Optimization of Cargill's rapeseed supply chain in Western Europe, Delft.

Anne van Langevelde, Designing a strategic process performance measurement system for the Dutch Flower Auctions, study for Royal Flora Holland, Delft.

Quirine van Rooyen, Towards a zero defect based assembly warehouse, A case study at DHL Supply Chain, Delft.

Michiel de Roos, Shared mobility/hubs, study for Rebel Group, Delft.

Hidde van Wezel, Increasing the capacity of a parcel transhipment terminal, a casestudy at DPD Veenendaal, Delft.

Jet Dijkzeul, Lost-in-mail, A case study at Bol.com, Delft.

TIL5060 thesis preparation

February - Jonathan Imang, bus transport in Paramaribo.

March - Erik Hadders, Maintenance of wet infrastructure, study for Tauw.

March - Andrian Supryanto, Redesign of reverse supply chain strategies for returnable packaging, A case study at Prysmian Group the Netherlands.

March - Israe Chetouani, Mobility hubs & Logistics, study for AT Osborne.

March - Jules Boelhouwer,....................., study for Swapfiets.


TIL5060 thesis finished

Airport design/operations

Joost de Graeff, Determining the feasibility of a new airport passenger terminal concept based on seamless flow technology, Mixing domestic and international passengers in passenger terminal facilities, study for NACO, Delft, 20-08-2020.

Infrastructure technology

Ward de Jong, Towards smart transport infrastructure, A concept roadmap to implement smart transport infrastructure for movable bridges in the Netherlands, study for Witteveen + Bos, Delft, 17-08-2020.


Willemijn van der Elst, Towards continuous flow in production lines, A case study at Heineken Zoeterwoude, Delft, 13-05-2020.

Iris Vendrik, Strategies to regulate inbound logistics at convention centers, A case study of the RAI Amsterdam, Delft, 01-07-2020.

Peter Joon, Improving on-site logistics, The case of the on-site transportation planning of Tata Steel IJmuiden, study for ORTEC. Delft, 15-12-2020.




Rail freight

Tugba Uzel, Information sharing and collaboration between the logistic partners of intermodal rail transport, study for Port of Rotterdam Authority, Delft, 25-06-2020.

Frank Heins, Freight traffic on the Dutch railway network in 2030 and 2040, study for DB Cargo Nederland, 29-09-2020.

Interreg project sustainable mobility eHubs.

T&P Smart & Sustainable Mobility Lab.

  • Logistics (inbound, outbound, warehousing, information, networks) and freight transport
  • Economics (macro-, micro-) and financial issues, marketing & communication
  • Externalities of transport: climate and environment
  • Land-use: (business) location choice
  • Individual and collective (public) transport
  • Railways (passenger, freight), trucking, air transport (passenger, cargo, MRO), barge
  • Multi-modal terminals and hubs
  • Transport innovations: autonomous vehicles, hyperloop, drones
  • Transport-, environmental- and spatial policy
  • Transport and vehicle technology and maintenance
  • Tools: systems engineering, (logistic) optimisation (lean, simulation), scenarios, excel models, mca, mcba etc.
  • Bal., F., Vleugel, J.M., Towards more environmentally sustainable intercontinental freight transport, in: International Journal of Transport, Development and Integration, Vol. 4, No. 2 (2020), 129-141. ISSN: 2058-8313, DOI: 10.2495/TDI-V4-N2-129-141, Southampton: WIT Press.
  • Vleugel, J.M., Bal, F., Towards zero CO2-, NOX- and PM10-emissions by passenger cars: Technology & Behaviour, in: International Journal of Environmental Impacts, Vol. 2, No. 2 (2019) 192–205. ISSN: 2398-2659, DOI:10.2495/EI-V2-N2-192-205, Southampton: WIT Press. 
  • Vleugel, J.M., Bal, F., A business-leisure traveller goes to Valencia: Fuel, CO2, time and cost, in: International Journal of Transport, Development and Integration, Vol. 3, No. 1 (2019), 44-54. ISSN: 2058-8313, DOI: 10.2495/TDI-V3-N1-44-54, Southampton: WIT Press.

  • Vleugel, J.M., Bal, F., Regional goods delivery: How to reduce its CO2-, NOx- and PM10-emissions ?, in: International Journal of Energy Production and Management, Vol. 3, No. 4 (2018) 338-347. ISSN: 2056-3280, DOI: 10.2495/EQ-V3-N4-338-347, Southampton: WIT Press.

  • Bal, F & Vleugel J.M., Heavy-duty trucks and new engine technology: impact on fuel consumption, emissions and trip cost, in: Int. J. of Energy Production and Management, Vol. 3, No. 3 (2018) 167-178. doi: 10.2495/EQ-V3-N3-167-178.

  • Bal, F., & J.M. Vleugel, 2014, Climate change adaptation: Use and value of a climate buffer area, Int. J. of Safety and Security Eng., Vol. 4, No. 3 (2014) 193-206.

  • Vleugel, J. & Bal, F., 2012, Some approaches to reduce transport time of intermodal services: Smart rail investments, European Transport \ Trasporti Europei (2012), Issue 52, Paper no. 3, ISSN 1825-3997, pp. 1-15.

  • Janic, M & Vleugel, J.M., 2012. Estimating potential reductions in externalities from rail–road substitution in Trans-European freight transport corridors. Transportation Research. Part D: Transport & Environment, 17(2), March 2012, 154-160. 

  • Vleugel, J.M., Modelling goods city distribution in the Netherlands, European Transport \ Trasporti Europei, Vol. X (2004) 28, pp. 20-33. 

  • Vleugel, J.M. Transport and Land-use scenarios, Ph.D., Free University Amsterdam, 2000.

  • Vleugel, J.M., Gent, H. van, Duurzame ontwikkeling, mobiliteit en bereikbaarheid, naar een onderzoeksagenda, ITL no. 10, DUP, Delft, 1991.

  • Vleugel, J., Gent, H. van, Nijkamp, P., The Netherlands, in: Button, K. (ed.), Transport and the environment, Six case studies, Routledge, London, 1990.


CT3080LR - Landside accessibility of Airports - "Reporting techniques and creativity", 05-09-2019.

CT3366 - Economie van Transport en Externe Effecten, C1, C2, C3, C6, 2019-2020.

AR3CS100 - City of the Future, MSc3 Master Class "Freight distribution in cities: Design challenges", 14-09-2020.

WIT Webinar on Architecture and Urban Planning for Eco-Sustainable Cities, participant, 16-12-20.


Leergang Academisch Leiderschap (HRM24) - 2009/2010

Coachend Leiderschap (LCL) - 2016

University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) Modules MO 21, 22, 23, 31, 32, 48 - 2015/2016

Jaap Vleugel

Senior researcher / lecturer

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