Willem is an Assistant Professor in the chair of Asset Management & Maintenance Engineering at the Engineering Technology faculty of the University of Twente.

Willem’s research broadly focuses on Sustainable Asset Management. This corresponds closely with Life Cycle Engineering, an engineering perspective that can best be described as the assessment and improvement of the entire life cycle of products and physical systems, to make them more sustainable with respect to people, planet, and profit.

Relevant research areas include Sustainable capital asset and product design; Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for evaluating environmental and social impacts; Life Cycle Costing and Life Cycle Valuation (LCC and LCV) for assessing financial viability and value creation; Maintenance Engineering methods for optimizing reliability, availability, functionality and extending lifespans; The Circular Economy for organizing closed material and re-use cycles and supply chains at the end-of-life; And strategic decision-making as part of Asset Management. 

As a researcher with a background in Industrial Design Engineering, Willem likes to bridge the worlds of theory and practice by asking and answering ‘how can?’ type questions, often in close collaboration with partners from industry. Previous collaborations include partners from the manufacturing, energy, and transportation sectors.

Other roles:


  • Computer Science

    • Asset Management
    • Case Study
    • Decision-Making
    • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Social Sciences

    • Design
    • Decision Making
    • Project
    • Management Decision




Research profiles

Coordinator of the Maintenance Engineering and Operations (MEO) specialisation of the Mechanical Engineering master programme.

Affiliated study programs

Courses academic year 2023/2024

Courses in the current academic year are added at the moment they are finalised in the Osiris system. Therefore it is possible that the list is not yet complete for the whole academic year.

Courses academic year 2022/2023

Co-promotor in the following research project(s):

Merishna Ramtahalsing (PhD - SIRA project) [promoted 26th of October 2023]

Henrike Holwerda (PhD - SAMEN project)

Jan-Jaap Moerman (PhD - PrimaVera project)

Shantal Kartoidjojo (PhD - Rail4Earth project)

Célia Cannappah (PhD - Rail4Earth project)

Zeinab Mowlaei (PhD - R2DATO project)

Faazil Fairooz (PhD - IDLEC project) [starts 1st of April 2024]


Daily supervision in the following research project(s):

Nina Jakubeit (PhD - SIRA project) [promoted 17th of May 2023]

Current projects

Finished projects


University of Twente

Horst Complex (building no. 20), room W260
De Horst 2
7522 LW Enschede

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