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Organizing Committee

Current executive committee:

The organization of the International Research Project 2018 is in hands of the following executive committee:

f.l.t.r.: Ward de Kleijn, Harm van Duijnhoven, Thijs Canjels, Niek Segers, Mick Berkhout.

Former executive committees:

IRP 2018

f.l.t.r.: Jorg van Heesch, Saskia Keet, Frank Hoepel, Renate Maresch and Thomas Relou.

Frank Hoepel, Chairman 
Saskia Keet, Financial Manager
Jorg van Heesch, Coordinator Contract Research
Renate Maresch, Coordinator External Relations
Thomas Relou, Coordinator Culture, Accommodation & Transportation

IRP 2017

f.l.t.r.: Niels Hovens, Tim d’Hondt, Koen Pijnappels, Jef van den Buijs and Sebastiaan Keijsers.

Tim d’Hondt, Chairman
Sebastiaan Keijsers, Financial Manager
Koen Pijnappels, Coordinator Contract Research
Niels Hovens, Coordinator External Relations & Program
Jef van den Buijs, Coordinator Culture, Accommodation & Transportation

IRP 2016

f.l.t.r.: Brian Beckers, Gabrielle van Nes, Kasper Bossink, Vivian Verhaert and Wouter Boersma.

Kasper Bossink, Chairman
Brian Beckers, Financial Manager
Gabrielle van Nes, Coordinator Contract Research
Wouter Boersma, Coordinator External Relations & Program
Vivian Verhaert, Coordinator Culture, Accommodation & Transportation

IRP 2015

f.l.t.r.: Lorenzo Engelen, Isabelle van Wely, Jolan Hulscher, Annicky Reijers and Guy Ariens

Lorenzo Engelen, Chairman
Isabelle van Wely, Financial Manager
Annicky Reijers, Coordinator Contract Research
Guy Ariens, Coordinator External Relations & Program
Jolan Hulscher, Coordinator Culture, Accommodation & Transportation

IRP 2014

f.l.t.r.: Gillis van de Zande, Mirjam Peters, Henk Snepvangers, Pascal Mertens and Bas Zwartelé

Henk Snepvangers, Chairman
Pascal Mertens, Financial Manager
Mirjam Peters, Coordinator Contract Research
Bas Zwartelé, Coordinator External Relations & Program
Gillis van de Zande, Coordinator Culture, Accommodation & Transportation


Digital Business Era
Stretch Your Boundaries

Information technology has changed the infrastructure and operation of businesses from the time the Internet became widely available to businesses and individuals. This digital transformation has profoundly changed the way businesses conduct their daily operations; accelerating business activities and processes to fully leverage opportunities in a strategic way. The result is maximized benefits of data assets and technology-focused initiatives. A digital business takes advantage of this in a way to not be disrupted and to thrive in this new era. However, business transformation is complicated, involving a constant fight between strategic vision and operational execution. One cannot succeed without realizing a balance. Digital business is a disruptive transformation that is not possible to achieve without the visionaries among us willing to push the boundaries of what is possible.

In collaboration with Accenture, a number of themes is highlighted, that reflect the observed shifts among the digital power agents of tomorrow:

The Internet of Me

The Internet of Me is changing the way people around the world interact through technology, placing the end user at the center of every digital experience. Enterprises are now actively creating connected worlds of their customers’ preferences, habits and context that results in making daily experiences simple, delightful, and personal.

Outcome Economy

Intelligent hardware is the link between the digital enterprise and the physical world. As leading enterprises come face-to-face with the Internet of Things, they are uncovering opportunities to embed hardware and sensors in their digital toolboxes. They are using these highly connected hardware components to give customers what they really want: not more products or services, but more meaningful outcomes.

Platform (R)evolution

Digital platforms are becoming the tools of choice for building next-generation products, services and even entire ecosystems. These platforms are fueling the next wave of breakthrough innovation and disruptive growth. Increasingly, platform based companies are capturing more of the digital economy’s opportunities for strong growth and profitability.

The Intelligent Enterprise

To this day, increasingly capable software has been used to aid employees in making better and faster decisions. However, with a flow of big data and advances in processing power, data science, and cognitive technology, software intelligence is helping machines to make even more, better informed decisions. Intelligent enterprises are making machines smarter embedding software intelligence into every aspect of its business to drive new levels of operational efficiency.

Workforce Reimagined

The push to go digital increases the need for humans and machines to do more in collaboration with each another. Advances in natural interfaces, wearable devices, and smart machines will present new opportunities for companies to empower their workers through technology. Successful businesses will recognize the benefits of human talent and intelligent technology working side by side in collaboration

Based on the above summation of related topics, we expect that we have found a theme that is applicable for both OML, IM, MSE and BIS. Therefore, the range of topics for possible projects is various.


Research Projects

The participants of the IRP conduct research projects for firms. This research will take place in the Netherlands from December 2018 to June 2019. The IRP allows your company to benefit from the expertise of the students of Industrial Engineering. Research projects regarding the theme of this year’s IRP, the Digital Business Era, can provide the students with more insights into the theme. However, if a company faces any unfulfilled research need in the field of Industrial Engineering, the IRP provides an opportunity to get this need fulfilled. You can download our company brochure here.

For any questions, please send an e-mail to


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 of the IRP and their presence at various workshops, lectures and activities create a wide spread awareness of your company to all students and other companies.

For the above reasons, we would like you to support the IRP and therefore we have different opportunities that we would like to bring to your attention. If you are interested and you would like to support us: please contact or have a look at our brochure here.
Of course, you can always contact us for further questions or comments.

Study Trip

This year the International Research Project will head to Vancouver, Seattle, Portland and San Fransisco. During the study trip, several visits to companies that have a connection to the theme Digital Business Era will take place. Also several universities will be visited, and a visit to the Dutch Embassy.

The goal of the study trip is to explore and document the applications and possibilities of Digital Business Era in a corporate and academic environment. By discussing the topic with employees of manufacturing plants, company headquarters, universities, and official country representation offices, we want to gain extensive knowledge on Digital Business Era

We are looking for several companies to visit during our study trip. We are looking for companies that have affinity and experience with the theme and are interesting from an industrial engineering perspective. A company visit also gives a good opportunity for sharing knowledge and promoting your company a group of high educated Dutch students. More information regarding a company visit (including several examples of company visits), please have a look at our brochure. 

If you are interested in participating in the IRP by facilitating a company visit, please contact us.


For more information, please contact us:

Regarding research projects, please contact Ward de Kleijn
Regarding financial support, please contact Harm van Duijnhoven
Regarding company visits, please contact Niek Segers

Regarding other matters, please contact us at


Welcome at the website of the International Research Project 2019!

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.

This year’s theme is “Digital Business Era: Stretch your boundaries”. The destination will be Vancouver, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco!

The IRP is a research project in which 22 Industrial Engineering students conduct research in the Netherlands, based on a predetermined theme. Afterwards the students will go on a study trip, organized around that same theme. On this study trip, the IRP will visit several companies, universities and a Dutch embassy.

The IRP is organized each year; each year has a different theme and destination. If you’d like to know better what the IRP is about, have a look at the magazine of the IRP 2018, with destination Dubai, Shanghai, Busan, Ulsan, Seoul and theme The New Work Future. In here, the research projects as well as the trip itself are discussed.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.