Prof. dr. ir. Poelman, W.A.

Academic Background

Masterdegree Industrial Design Engineering in 1974 at the TU-Delft. Worked for 10 years for diverse companies. Started Poelman Partners in 1984 as consultant for design education, design research and design management. Started in 1998 an academic career. Worked as associate professor at the TU Delft and as lector as the university for professional education in Utrecht. Obtained in 2005 PhD title on  the “Technology in Product Design”. In 2009 appointed as full professor at the University of Twente. Was member of the board of the department for industrial design of the Royal Institute of Engineers and founder of the magazine Product and the foundation “Material Design”.


  • 1967-1974
    Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft  


Specialisation / field of research

  • Technology Diffusion in Product Design 

Secondary employment

  • CEO Poelman Partners, Zeist design education, design research and design management 

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