Dr. ir. Vegte, W.F. van der

Assistant Professor 
Industrial Design Engineering


Wilhelm Frederik van der Vegte (Leeuwarden, 1963) received a master’s degree (equivalent) in mechanical engineering from Twente University in 1989. Subsequently he enrolled in the postgraduate course programme on design of consumer durables at Delft University of Technology, where he obtained his Master of Technological Design early 1992. As his final project he developed a working prototype of a graphics display for the blind at TNO Product Centre (later merged into the Institute of Industrial Technology) in Delft, where he continued his career as an industrial designer and project manager until 1998. In his TNO years, he worked on a wide range of product development projects (varying from furniture to high-volume components for domestic appliances) and consultancy assignments in the field of design for X and value engineering. In 1998 he returned to the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology to become Assistant Professor in the Section of Computer-Aided Design Engineering, where he started doing research, and became engaged in teaching.


  • 1981 - 1989
    Twente University of Technology
    Master equivalent (Ir.) in Mechanical Engineering
  • 1989 - 1992
    Delft University of Technology
    Master (MTD) in Consumer Product Design
  • 2009 - present
    Delft University of Technology, PhD



  • 1989 - 1992
    Delft University of Technology
    Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering
    Section of Engineering Design
  • 1992 - 1998
    Former TNO Product Centre / Institute of Industrial Technology in Delft (currently TNO Eindhoven)
    • 1998 - now
      Delft Universityof Technology
      Faculty of Industrial Design
      Sub-Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering
      Section of Computer-Aided Design Engineering


        • 1989 - 1992
          Post-graduate trainee
        • 1992 - 1998
          Industrial designer / project manager: project management and participation in a wide range of product development projects, varying from furniture to high volume OEM components for domestic appliances; implementation of software tools for DFA (Design for Assembly), DFM (Design for Manufacture), VA (Value Analysis) etc. in TNO's product development process; participation in the conceptual development of DFE (Design for Environment) software
        • 1998 - now
          Assistant professor, Section of Computer Aided Design Engineering
        • April/May 2002
          Fellowship for research at the Mizoguchi Lab , Osaka University, by invitation of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).

        Specialisation / field of research

        • Utilization of formal descriptions of human-product interaction in product design and simulation
        • Simulation of use processes based on scenarios
        • Knowledge management in product design

        Lectures and/or coaches students on:

        • Technical functions (Products in Action, 1st year undergraduate course)
        • Application of research in the Bachelor Final Project
        • Embodiment design (Advanced Products, 1st year graduate project)
        • Joint Master Project (2nd year graduate, integral design project)
        • Graduation assignments