Ir. Smulders, M.

Maxime Smulder is lecturer and PhD candidate at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering.

Academic Background

Maxim Smulders is a Technical Ergonomist and a PhD candidate on the topic of 'Sleeping in transit' at the Delft University of Technology, in the Mechatronic Design group of the Design Engineering department. During his master Integrated Product Design at the Delft University of Technology, Maxim focused on human factors and ergonomics and conducted a multitude of design and research projects in the aviation industry on seating, comfort, user-friendliness and safety. In his current position, he supervises and supports MSc students on design and research projects, with a special interest in vehicle interior comfort, ergonomics and sleep.


  • 2018 – present
    PhD candidate, Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft
  • 2014 – 2018 
    Integrated Product Design (MSc), TU Delft 
  • 2010 – 2014
    Industrial Design Engineering (BSc), TU Delft  


  • 2018 – present
    Teacher & researcher, Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft
  • 2017
    Research- & Teaching assistant on ergonomics & comfort, Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft
  • 2016
    Intern, Human Factors & Ergonomics, Zodiac Seats US LLC
  • 2015 – 2016
    Intern, Research & Technology, Zodiac AirCatering Equipment Europe BV
  • 2011 – 2015
    Freelance Graphic and Industrial Designer

Lectures and/or coaches students on

  • Technology for Concept Design (part of Advanced Concept Design) (coordinator)
  • Advanced Embodiment Design (coach)
  • Graduation projects (mentor)