Han Brezet is professor of Design for Sustainability (DfS) at Delft University of Technology at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. He holds a MSc in Electrical Engineering from TU Delft, where he graduated in 1977 on the issue of integration of WindPower in the grid. After the co-creation of the Erasmus’ Environmental Sciences Institute (ESM), he completed his PhD in energy innovation at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He held several jobs in industry and became director of the Institute of Environmental Economics (TME), before returning to Delft University of Technology. In cooperation with UNEP Paris and companies like Philips, the program was among the first in the world in the area of life cycle oriented Applied Ecodesign: the development of useful products with de-carbonization, de-toxification and de-materialization as co-drivers. Among the outputs are ca. 30 doctoral dissertations and a few hundred MSc theses. Today, the Design for Sustainability program includes concepts and themes like product-services systems, energy-efficient and renewable energy based products, natural materials’ based products and product design for emerging markets. Prof. Brezet combined is a visiting professor in at the Lund University (SE) and Aalborg University (DK) and has a senior fellowship at the University of Melbourne (AU).
In close connection to his position in Delft, he is member of the Jury for the Royal Environmental Awards (Duurzame Lintjes) in the Hague, the Jury for the Gasterra Energy Transitions Award and the Jury of the ‘Bataafs Gezelschap’. During several years he was also a jury member for the popular Dutch TV program ‘The Best Idea of the Netherlands’.
Regularly, at special –national and international- academic events, Prof. Brezet performs on the tenor sax with his band “ProfB & the Design Girls” to underscore the importance of design for sustainability for and with the next generations.