dr.ir. Y. Abbas MSc (Yawar)

About Me

Yawar Abbas is a part-time postdoctoral researcher with a strong interest in knowledge management, maintenance management and organisational learning. He is also a senior maintenance engineer at Netherlands Railways since 1 July 2022. In his PhD research, he investigated how to improve the management of lessons learned from a technological and social standpoint. In doing so, he took guidance from literature on project management, systems engineering, information management and knowledge management. For the practical exploration and application of his research, he works closely with colleagues from the Netherlands Railways and ProRail.  

Yawar completed his PhD on the topic *Advancing knowledge management for system integration: Improving the management of lessons learned to enhance organisational learning and railway system performance* on 14 October 2022. 

Yawar holds a master's degree in mechanical engineering with a specialisation in maintenance and operations from the University of Twente. Moreover, he has a fair amount of study experience abroad, having done his bachelor Mechanical Engineering at Politecnico di Torino, Italy. He also participated in an exchange programme during his undergraduate studies, where he spent a semester studying at Mississippi State University, USA.



Business & Economics
Knowledge Management
Tacit Knowledge
Traffic Management System
Earth & Environmental Sciences
Social Sciences
Traffic Management System


Abbas, Y. , Martinetti, A. , Rajabalinejad, M., Frunt, L. , & van Dongen, L. A. M. (2021). Lessons Learned from System Integration: A Strategic Synopsis. In 10th International Conference on Through-life Engineering Service 16-17 November 2021, University of Twente, The Netherlands https://doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3944608
Abbas, Y. , Martinetti, A. , Rajabalinejad, M., Frunt, L. , & van Dongen, L. (2020). Tacit Knowledge Sharing for System Integration: A case of Netherlands Railways in Industry 4.0. In A. Martinetti, M. DeMichela, & S. Singh (Eds.), Applications and Challenges of Maintenance and Safety Engineering in Industry 4.0 IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-7998-3904-0.ch004
Abbas, Y. , & Rajabalinejad, M. (2019). Adequate Tacit Knowledge Management for Railways: A Conceptual Framework. In M. Beer, & E. Zio (Eds.), Proceedings of the 29th European Safety and Reliability Conference (pp. 2289-2296). European Safety and Reliability Association. https://doi.org/10.3850/978-981-11-2724-3_0837-cd

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Participated as teacher/assistant in:

  • Master Class Systems Performance (2020)
  • Master Class Maintenance Engineering & Management (2019)
  • Master Class FMEA within Master Risk Management (2019/2020)
  • Master Course Safety by Design (2018/2019)

Participated as a tutor in:

  • Minor: From Idea to Prototype (2020-1A)

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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