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prof.dr.ir. M.C. van der Voort (Mascha)

Vice Dean Education, Faculty of Engineering Technology & Full Professor Human Centred Design

About Me

Mascha van der Voort (1974) is Vice-Dean Education at the Faculty of Engineering Technology of the University of Twente. Moreover, she is a full professor in Human Centred Design and scientific co-director of the DesignLab of the University of Twente. She is scientific co-director of Design United, the 4TU Research Centre for Design. 

With a background in both civil engineering and human-centred product design, Mascha works across disciplines ranging from automotive, policy making, to healthcare in the aim to address the challenges we face as society in impactful and meaningful ways.

Mascha is convinced that true innovation can only arise from a cross-disciplinary approach and co-creation. As a full professor in Human Centred Design she continuously develops design approaches and tools that enable and empower all types of stakeholders to actively engage and participate in collaboratively exploring and defining potential futures. Overall aim is to elicit actual stakeholder needs, create commitment and understanding, and design products, services & systems that meet these needs and expectations. Acknowledgement of the use and context related expertise each stakeholder has is key herein. The approaches we develop are participatory and scenario-based. They facilitate and empower active stakeholder participation regardless of discipline, experience or role. Moreover, they contextualize the design challenge. Techniques as workshops, gaming, virtual reality and collaborative prototyping are frequently part of these approaches.

Concurrently, Mascha teaches subjects related to human-centred and scenario-based design. She was one of the founders of the Industrial Design Engineering (IDE) educational programs at the University of Twente in 2001. In 2014 she co-established the DesignLab, of which she is currently scientific co-director. Moreover, she is founder the new cross-faculty educational programme, the Transdisciplinary Master-insert programme 'Shaping Responsible Futures'.

Expertise

Engineering & Materials Science
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
Automation
Endoscopy
Product Design
Serious Games
Earth & Environmental Sciences
River
River Management
Stakeholder

Ancillary Activities

  • De Posten
    Lid Raad van Toezicht
  • Roessingh Concern
    Lid Raad van Toezicht Roessingh Concern

Publications

Recent
van Huizen, J. C. , Waardenburg, T. S. , van Dijk, J., Staal, W. , & van der Voort, M. C. (2022). Design your life: A toolkit that helps young autistic adults create their own supportive technologies. Abstract from Supporting Health by Technology 2022, Groningen, Netherlands.
Waardenburg, T. S. , van Huizen, J. C., Magnée, M. , van Dijk, J., Teunisse, J-P. , & van der Voort, M. C. (Accepted/In press). Meer autonomie door je eigen technologische omgeving te ontwerpen: Resultaten van tien casestudies. Poster session presented at 21ste Nationaal Autisme Congres 2022, Online.
Lim, J. N. W., Niedderer, K., Tournier, I., Almeida, R., Harrison, D., Holthoff-Detto, V. , Ludden, G. , van Rompay, T. , van der Voort, M., Galansinska, A., Smith, T., Lasada, R., Aguado, Y. B., Druschke, D., Berit, Z., & Zanasi, M. (2021). Assessing the generalisability of a multicentre qualitative dementia research: the experience and challenges faced by the MinD project in Europe. Open Research Europe, 1, [1:64]. https://doi.org/10.12688/openreseurope.13700.1, https://doi.org/10.12688/openreseurope.13700.2, https://doi.org/10.12688/openreseurope.13700.3

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Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex (building no. 20), room W235
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex  W235
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands