Organizing Committee

Current executive committee: The organization of the International Research Project 2021 is in hands of the following executive committee: F.l.t.r.: Matthijs Wolf, Simone van der Velden, Romy Olislagers, Colette van Happen, Brian Willems. Romy Olislagers, Chairman  Colette van Happen, Financial Manager  Simone van der Velden, Coordinator Contract Research  Brian Willems, Coordinator External Relations & Program Matthijs Wolf, Coordinator Culture, Accommodation… Read more »


Connecting Worlds:  Where new opportunities arise Connectivity  Devices, states, and people are becoming more intensively connected. In this era of globalization, Data, Logistics, and Community come together to form one large system: An Interconnected Globe. In the process of making new connections and relations every day, opportunities arise. To explore those opportunities the theme of this year IRP is “Connecting Worlds; where… Read more »

Research Projects

The participants of the IRP conduct research projects at different companies. This research takes place in the Netherlands from December 2020 to June 2021. The IRP allows the  companies to benefit from the expertise of the students of Industrial Engineering. Research projects regarding the theme of this year’s IRP, Connecting worlds, can provide the students with more insights into the… Read more »


The International Research Project (IRP) cannot be financially independent. For this reason, we would appeal to companies to support our project in all possible ways. Companies can support the IRP financially, or in kind.  The IRP is an excellent opportunity for companies to get attention from students in the final phase of their study Industrial Engineering. In addition, the members… Read more »

Study Trip

This year the International Research Project will head to Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo and Reykjavik. During the study trip, several visits to companies that have a connection to the theme “Connecting worlds – where new opportunities arise” will take place. Also several universities will be visited, and a visit to the Dutch Embassy will be facilitated. The goal of the study trip is to explore… Read more »


For more information, please contact us:  Regarding research projects, please contact Simone van der Velden at Regarding financial support, please contact Colette van Happen at Regarding company visits, please contact Brian Willems at Regarding other matters, please contact us at   


Welcome at the website of the International Research Project 2021! The International Research Project (IRP) is a study trip combined with internationally oriented research projects for Industrial Engineering master students at the Eindhoven University of Technology. The IRP is a research project in which 20 Industrial Engineering students conduct research in the Netherlands, based on a predetermined theme. Afterwards the students will go… Read more »