Welcome at the website of the International Research Project 2021!


Welcome at the website of the International Research Project!
The International Research Project (IRP) is a study trip combined with internationally oriented research projects. This project is an initiative of students of the School of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Students of the Master Programs ‘Innovation Management’, ‘Operations Management & Logistics, ‘Manufacturing Systems Engineering’, and ‘Data Science & Entrepreneurship’ are allowed to participate. Firstly, the students conduct research in the Netherlands, based on a predetermined theme. Secondly, 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, the new board choose a different theme and destination. This theme is a basis for the projects and companies that are visited during the trip. This year’s theme is “Connecting worlds – where new opportunities arise”. The destinations are Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo and Reykjavik! We hope that it will be possible to travel in the summer of 2021 despite the current Corona regulations. In 2020, the students would visit Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Their theme was “Data-Driven Business: Build the future”. Unfortunately, due to the Corona situation, this trip was cancelled. In 2019, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco have been visited and the theme was “Digital Business Era: Stretch your boundaries”.
The aim of the International Research Project is to provide students with the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge about a subject of research that suits their interests and education. In addition, the IRP enables students to learn about different cultures and to acquire international experience.

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 theme. If a company faces any unfulfilled research need in the field of Industrial Engineering, the IRP provides an opportunity to get this need fulfilled. All 20 students have a project at one of the companies that are shown below on this page. The company brochure can be found 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 widespread 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 company brochure, which can be found here.

Of course, you can always contact us for further questions or comments.


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
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