Prof. dr. ir. Engelen, J.M.L. van

Jo van Engelen is Professor of Integrated Sustainable Solutions at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. He is primarily interested in integral approaches to solving sustainability challenges; therefore dealing with topics on complexity, social acceptance, improved impact and network analysis.

Academic Background

Professor Jo M.L. van Engelen (1959) studied Physics and Mathematics at the University of Technology in Eindhoven and Business Administration at the University of Twente. He receives his PhD on a doctoral thesis about information technology and strategy from the University of Twente. During the years 1985-1991 he practiced several senior management positions in Product Development at Océ in Venlo (Printing and Publishing Systems). In 1991 he was appointed chaired professor of Product Development and Strategy, and (few years later) research fellow at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of the University of Groningen. As of 2010 he was appointed full professor of Integrated Sustainable Solutions at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering of the Delft University of Technology. He was (co-)author of over 10 books, over 100 scientific papers, gave more than 200 leading lectures an guided over 250 Master candidates as well as over 25 PhD candidates to their degrees.

From 2000 up to 2014 Jo van Engelen was a member of the Research School ICS (Interuniversity Centre for Sociological Studies). From 1991 on he worked as a boardroom consultant in the field of Business and Organisation Development, for companies such as TNT Postal Group, Achmea Group, Essent, PGGM and the ANWB (Royal Dutch Touring Group).

From 2004 to 2008 he was a member of the executive board of ANWB in The Hague resulting in a fundamental strategic reorientation followed by a number of reorganising projects. From 2008 to 2012 he was a member of the executive board of APG group in Heerlen, Amsterdam, New York and Hong Kong; this executive board managed to help the organisation successfully through the challenging credit crunch financial crisis. 

Furthermore he was or is non-executive member of many organisations, among others Ordina Nieuwegein, Brunel Amsterdam, AMIS Nieuwegein, Kender Thijssen Veenendaal, Unigarant Hoogeveen, Open University Heerlen, PFZW Zeist, Nedap Groenlo and Espria Beilen.