MSc. Dehli, S.R.

Silje Dehli is lecturer at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering.

Academic Background

Silje Dehli is a teacher at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. She is originally from Norway and did the three first years of the 5-year master in Industrial Design Engineering at the Institute for Product Design, NTNU, Trondheim. After a year as an exchange student at TU Delft, Silje decided to stay on for the master Integrated Product Design with the specialism Medisign. She did her graduation project at Erasmus MC on improving hip movement by means of product design for both patients and therapists.

Silje worked as a product developer within the medical field next to teaching at the TU Delft after her studies. Over the years she has become more and more enthusiastic and passionate about her teaching tasks and is now not only involved in the direct coaching of students but also in coordinating and setting up courses. At the moment Silje is responsible for the second year course Strategic Product Innovation and for the third year course Bachelor Final Project. Her teaching focuses on both the design process with her background as an Integrated Product designer and on strategic aspects of industrial design. To Silje it is important to encourage and motivate students to make their own choices based on thorough analysis. Next to the involvement in the IDE bachelor Silje supervises graduation students mainly on the overall design process combining product design and engineering with strategic design.

Furthermore, Silje is contributing to the improvement of the whole educational programme in the IDE Bachelor. She is also involved in work groups such as Decentralized Selection (an alternative selection procedure for admitting students to the IDE programme) and Didactics (project based advice on the didactic aspects of course design for the whole TU Delft).


  • September 2004 – June 2007 
    Delft University of Technology
    MSc Integrated Product Design (Medisign)
  • September 2003 – July 2004
    Delft University of Technology
    Exchange program Industrial Design Engineering
  • August 2000 — June 2003
    Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet NTNU (Norway)
    Product Design (equals BSc Industrial Design Engineering)


  • September 2008 — present
    Delft University of Technology
    Product Innovation and Management department
    Teacher: Supervisor and course coordinator, marketing, strategy and product design
  • October 2008 — present
    Partner/Designer: Design of a new product, the pillow-for-two, building and marketing of the new Slaapaap brand, coordination of production, market introduction and sales
  • November 2008 — December 2011
    dehli&beukers medical product development
    Partner/Designer: Multidisciplinary product development, user research, problem analysis, scenario building, system design, concept design, modelling, testing, project planning and management
  • March 2008 — May 2011
    Delft University of Technology
    Product Innovation and Management department
    Research assistant/manager: Consumer Behavior, Hybrid Products
  • October 2006 — June 2007 
    Erasmus Medical Centre/Delft University of Technology
    Graduation project: Concept designs for physical/manual therapy to support the enhancement of hip joint movement in elderly
    Specialisation / field of research

Specialisation/Field of research

  • Medical Design
  • Strategic Product Design
  • User-Centered Design
  • Design Research

Lectures/Coaches students on:

  • Marketing and strategy: Business Culture & Technology, Strategic Product Innovation (Course Coordinator)
  • Product design: PO3 – fuzzy front end, Bachelor Final Project (Course Coordinator)
  • Graduation projects – SPD and IPD
  • Internships

Secondary employment

Partner/designer at slaapaap – a company producing and marketing pillows-for-two.