Prof. dr. Vink, P.

Professor of Environmental Ergonomics, Head of Design Engineering Department
Department Design Engineeringsection Applied Ergonomics and Design

His main research interests are interior design, comfort and vehicle seat design and their applications in mobility.

Academic Background

Peter did has written more than 250 papers and books in the field of comfort, performance and design of interior designs. His latest book is ‘Vehicle Sseat Ccomfort and Design’ (publisher Pumbo, 2016), which is a follow up of ‘Aaircraft Iinterior Comfort and Design’, co-authored by Klaus Brauer, one of the leading designers of the Boeing 787 interior (CRC Press, Boca Raton, 2011). One of the projects of Peter’s current projects is the interior of the Flying V. Peter received his PhD degree in 1989 at the Medical Faculty of the University of Leiden in the field of biomechanics. He is in sits on the editorial board of various scientific journals (e.g. Applied Ergonomics). 

Education

  • Graduated at the Faculty of Movement Sciences, VU, Amsterdam.
  • PhD at the Medical Faculty of the University of Leiden on 'a biomechanical model of the lumbar back muscles'.
  • Several courses on management and design

Experience

Peter did write more than 200 papers and books in the field of comfort, performance and design of interiors. His latest book is ‘aircraft interior comfort and design’ co-authored by Klaus Brauer, one of the leading designers of the Boeing 787 interior (CRC Press, Boca Raton, 2011). If he is asked for lectures, which is one of his favourite activities, he mostly is asked to give lectures on participatory ergonomics, on interior design and seat comfort experience. 

He guided design projects on Bahco paintscrapers, aircraft interiors, B/E aerospace aircraft seats, BMW car seats, Volvo assembly line design, KPN office interiors, Interstuhl office seats, Gispen sit-stand meeting tables, Ahrend meeting room interiors etc.

Specialisation / field of research

Effects on comfort (well-being), performance (productivity) and health. The field of research is Physical and Organizational human-environment interaction:

  1. Study the effects of interior designs that are focused on increasing comfort, productivity, innovativeness and health for employees,
  2. Design and research regarding products like hand tools, seats, and vehicle interiors with special attention to comfort and human performance

Lectures and/or coaches students on:

He is guiding now 13 PhDs in the field of seating, aircraft interiors, office interiors and office environments and masters students.
Comfort, interior design, participatory design processes

Secondary employment

  • Vink Comfort and Design
  • Number of hours: 2 hours/week. 

Involved in the research project(s):

Vehicle Seat: Comfort and Design

Peter Vink (ed)
ISBN: 978-94-6186-688-2

Published in 2016

Advances in Social and Organizational Factors

Peter Vink (ed)
ISBN: 978-1439870198

Published in 2012

Aircraft interior comfort and design

Peter Vink and Klaus Brauer
ISBN: 978-1439863053

Published in 2011

Advances in Occupational, Social, and Organizational Ergonomics

P. Vink and J. Kantola (ed)
ISBN: 978-1-4398-3507-4 

Published in 2010

Comfort and Design: principles and good practice

Peter Vink (ed)
ISBN: 978-1420038132

Published in 2005