Dr. ir. Smulders, F.E.H.M.

Associate Professor
Product Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship 

In research Frido collaborates closely with industrial partners to uncover the fundamental building blocks of innovative and entrepreneurial behaviour. This ‘living lab’ serves as empirical base for his research as well as real-life context for his educational activities. Frido is rewarded and inspirational teacher and TU Delft Educational Fellow. 

Academic Background

Frido holds a PhD in ‘Innovation Sciences’ at Delft University of Technology and BSc & MSc degrees in Aerospace Engineering also from Delft. As an Aerospace Engineer, his research in the material sciences resulted in Glare, the material now applied in the fuselage of Airbus A380. His career in industry prior to re-joining academia spans from a concept engineer in the Offshore Industry (SBM Offshore) to a materials specialist in Aerospace Industry (Alcoa) and as management consultant in the field of (technological) innovation and creativity. The latter spans the largest part (12y) of his industrial career.

At IDE I have been MSc-program director, developed and taught multiple courses, developed IDE’s MSc-Honours Program, supervised 100+ MSc graduation projects, multiple PhD-projects and created a learning line of entrepreneurship education. 


  • 2006
    PhD in Innovation Technology, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.
    Title: Get Synchronized! Bridging the gap between Design and Volume Production
    On describing the socio-interactive process between actors in Design and in Manufacturing.
  • 1988
    Master of Science (ir.) Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology
  • 1980
    BSc, Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology

Specialisation / field of research

Socio-interactive processes related to Product Innovation:

  • Trans-disciplinary collaborative design
  • Front End of Discontinuous Innovation
  • Bio-inspired Industrial Design and Engineering
  • Organizational interface transitions in Open Innovation

Lectures and/or coaches students on:

  • Project Leadership and Project Followership
  • Corporate New Product Development
  • Technology based Entrepreneurship
  • Collaborative Business Design
  • Creative Facilitation
  • Master Graduation projects on Strategic (Product) Innovation Management


Frido Smulders, Meike Brehmer, Han van der Meer
ISBN: 978 90 8150 530 7

Published in 2012