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Luciënne T.M. Blessing

Professor / Co-Director (IDC)

Telephone: +65 6499 4904
Research Areas:
Design Science,Mechanical Engineering

Pillar / Cluster: Engineering Product Development


Lucienne Blessing studied Industrial Design Engineering in Delft, the Netherlands, where she obtained her MSc in 1984. Until 1992 she worked as lecturer at the University of Twente (NL) in the department of Mechanical Engineering, where she obtained her PhD. Until 2000 she worked in the Engineering Design Centre of the University of Cambridge (UK), initially as senior research associate and from 1995 as Assistant Director of the Engineering Design Centre. In 2000 she was appointed full professor at the University of Technology Berlin on the Chair of Engineering Design and Methodology. In 2007 she became vice-president for research of the University of Luxembourg and was appointed to the Chair in Engineering Design and Methodology. After the end of the mandate as vice-president in April 2013 she is back as full professor. In April 2013 she received an honorary doctorate from the Swedish Mälardalen University. Since October 2013, she is also the Director of the University of the Greater Region, a network of 6 universities in 4 countries.

Her research interests include: empirical studies into the product development process, design methodology and theory, methods for early design stages, product service systems, user interface design and user experience, diversity (culture, age and gender), and design research methodology.

She has been lecturing since 1985 at bachelor and master level. A total of 22 researchers successfully defended their PhD under her supervision and 5 under her co-supervision; a further 5 are currently working on their PhD under her supervision. She has been on a large number of PhD committees in various countries.

Since 1999 Lucienne Blessing is co-organiser of the International Summer School on Engineering Design Research, a 2-week course for PhD students. In 2000, she co-founded the Design Society, was elected member of its Management Board from 2000-2005, and has since been an elected member on its Advisory Board. She was co-editor of the journal Research in Engineering Design (Springer Verlag) from 1994-2009. In 2011 she was appointed as a member of the steering committee of the European University Association’s Council of Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE). Since 2011 she chairs the University of Luxembourg Ethics Review Panel.

She has written a book on Design Research Methodology together with Prof. Amaresh Chakrabarti, and is (co)author of over 160 peer-reviewed publications. Together with Ken Wallace (UK), she translated the German standard book on Engineering Design from Professors Pahl and Beitz into English. She has been in the organization and program committees of various conference, and is reviewer of journal articles, conference papers, as well as research projects.