Dr. ir. Tempelman, E.

Erik Tempelman is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering with his main research interests in Design for (Re)manufacturing.

Achieving the EU's goals with respect to material cycles and climate mitigation will be impossible without transitioning from manufacturing to remanufacturing. This will require synergistic changes at the level of (i) product design, (ii) manufacturing engineering, and (iii) business models. Erik's interest lies primarily in how software systems (e.g. PLM, ERP) can support this transition, and how the current best practice can be used more widely.

Academic Background

Erik joined the faculty in 2006. As of 2023, he has been active in the field of design, materials, and manufacturing for 30 years, with a variety of publications and project results under his name - and with important excursions into sustainability. Prior to his academic career, Erik worked in the automotive industry and at the Dutch institute for Applied Physics (TNO). His background is Aerospace Structures & Materials, where he pioneered on environmental life cycle assessment (LCA), recycling of hybrid materials, and sustainable transport.

Research Projects

  • 2012 – 2015
    Nature-Inspired Design Project (IOP-IPCR funded)
  • 2012 – 2016
    Project Light.Touch.Matters (FP7 funded)

Media coverage

Erik is a regular contributor to the professional Dutch journal Constructeur, having written 20+ articles (4p+) since joining the TU Delft. Furthermore, he is quite active on LinkedIn (1,000+ followers), writing on a variety of educational topics, e.g. graduation project managent, grading and assessment, and 21st-century reporting solutions.


In 2022, Erik was invited by the DREAM Hall to create a series of ten short videos on structures and materials. Subsequently, he joined the Hall as ad hoc staff member/resident engineer, offering his support and experience to the DREAM teams.

In 2023, Erik was invited by the Avans University of Applied Sciences to assist in the development of a planned new MSc program on the Materials & Energy Transition. This "MET-master" is scheduled to commence in 2024.


Manufacturing and Design

Elsevier, 2014

Co-authors prof. Hugh Shercliff (Cambridge University of Technology) and Bruno Ninaber van Eyben (Studio Ninaber)

NSFD: engineering essays on structures & materials

Boekengilde 2020

Basisboek Productietechniek

Boom, 2023

Co-authors Abboy Verkuilen (Haagse Hogeschool) and Koos Eissen