Health Innovation Fellowship


Introducing our Education Coordinators

Did you wonder after reading our previous blog post which professor is energetic enough to introduce the Biodesign Health Innovation Fellowships in two countries simultaneously after successfully launching them in the UK?
Here is the answer: Prof. dr. ir. Maarten De Vos from KU Leuven in tandem with Dr. ir. Armaĝan Albayrak from TU Delft. 

Maarten De Vos and Armagan Albayrak

A podcast by means of introduction

Maarten was recently interviewed by Duane Schulthess, Managing Director of VitalTransformation in Belgium. Their Vital Health Podcast Series highlights interesting developments in the field of healthcare innovation.

We were grateful for the opportunity to talk about BENEFIT and encourage you to listen to the interview: KU Leuven Launches Health Innovation Fellowship.

Full profiles

Prof. dr. ir. Maarten De Vos is an Associate Professor at KU Leuven, Belgium, through a joint appointment at the Faculty of Engineering Science - in the Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT) - and at the Faculty of Medicine - in the Department of Development and Regeneration.

After the successful completion of the Biodesign faculty training at Stanford University (USA) in 2015, he founded and directed the Oxford Biodesign programme.

He has a strong interest in translational research and consults for different digital health and medical innovation companies. His pioneering research in the field of mobile real-life brain-monitoring led to the formation of mBrainTrain, which he supported with scientific advice and which has won several prizes for their mobile EEG innovation. He also co-founded Circadian Therapeutics, an Oxford University spin-out aiming to revolutionise circadian measurement and modulation by developing products that target serious diseases associated with circadian rhythm disruption

Maarten is excited to bring his knowledge and expertise to the BENEFIT fellowship programme and will lead the educational programme development in this pilot year 2021-2022 in close collaboration with Dr. ir. Armaĝan Albayrak.

Dr. ir. Armaĝan Albayrak is a senior staff member from the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering (IDE) at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). Her expertise is in design research, human factors & ergonomics and complex multi-user interactions in healthcare. 

Armaĝan studied industrial design engineering at IDE and did her PhD in collaboration with Erasmus Medical Centre. Since 2007, she has been working as an assistant professor at the Department of Human-Centered Design

As the coordinator of the Medisign spezialisation, she is actively involved in the research and education programme of IDE in the field of healthcare. The aim of the Medisign specialization is to educate dedicated and skilled design engineers in the field of healthcare in order to develop products, services and systems that meet the needs and expectations of healthcare professionals, patients and informal caregivers. 

Armaĝan is involved in the supervision of PhD candidates, students in different master courses & graduation projects and as a researcher in various research projects. 

If you have any further questions for either of our education coordinators, please do reach out to us via the contact form

Other BENEFIT lecturers?

Ever since we launched this blog post in March, we were asked who else would be involved in the programme. We therefore decided to launch a who's who page on our website. The page was launched on 21 May 2021 and will be updated gradually and continuously as the programme evolves. We will also feature fellows on that page as promised.