Dr. Ir. Melles, M.

Assistant Professor Applied Ergonomics & Design
Coordinator Master specialisation Medisign

Biography

Marijke Melles is assistant professor at the department of Applied Ergonomics and Design and coordinator of the Master specialisation Medisign.

In 1996 she graduated as an industrial designer at the Delft University of Technology. After a year of freelancing, she started working as a designer at Lost Boys Interactive, a multimedia company in Amsterdam. Here she worked on various projects related to multimedia productions and web design. In 2001 she started as a PhD student at the department of Human Information and Communication Design. Topic of her research was to envision how the non-technical tasks and skills of intensive care nurses could be enhanced by means of future technology, in a way that fits their natural working methods. This research was in cooperation with the University Medical Center Groningen.

From January 2006 she started working full time as an assistant professor for the department Applied Ergonomics and Design and the Medisign group. Her responsibilities include both research and teaching in the fields of design for healthcare, design for interaction, ergonomics and user research. Since September 2010 Marijke is coordinator of the Master specialisation Medisign. 

Education

  • 2011, June
    PhD, Delft University of Technology, faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. Supervisors: prof.dr. Huib de Ridder & dr.ir. Adinda Freudenthal. Title of thesis: Role-based support for intensive care nursing. A designer’s perspective.
  • 1996, April
    MSc, Delft University of Technology, faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. Topic of Master thesis: Design of a new conference chair for conference hall “De Doelen” in Rotterdam. 

Experience

  • 2010 - present
    Coordinator Master specialisation Medisign
  • 2005 - present
    
Assistant professor Applied Ergonomics & Design, specialisation Medisign, department of Industrial Design, Delft University of Technology
  • 2001 - 2011
    
PhD candidate, department of Industrial Design, Delft University of Technology
  • 1997 - 2000
    Designer, Lost Boys Interactive, Amsterdam

Specialisation / field of research

  • Staff member of the Master programme Medisign
  • Design for healthcare
  • Design for experience, in particular patient and staff experience   

Lectures and/or coaches students on:

  • Master specialisation Medisign (coordinator)
  • Supervision of graduation projects of students of Industrial Design Engineering (in particular Medisign and Design for Interaction Master students)
  • Design of Products for Healthcare (teacher & coordinator)
  • Biomechanics (coordinator)
  • Exploring Interactions (coach)
  • Medical Design (teacher & coordinator)
  • Ergonomics for Medical Doctors (coordinator)

Involved in the research project(s):

"A well thought-out medical product reflects the daily experiences of the medical practitioner."

Publications

Click here for an overview of my publications.