• 1121 Citations
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“I hope you find my work a source of inspiration! We are all part of one system which needs optimization…”

Research profile

Pascal Etman is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Control Systems Technology group at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His research field of interest is system design and optimization. Together with his co-workers he is developing methods and tools for model-based design and optimization of complex (mechanical) engineering systems. His scientific achievements include approximation methods for structural optimization, the Augmented Lagrangian Coordination (ALC) method for distributed optimum design, and the Effective Process Time (EPT) as aggregate modeling method for performance analysis of discrete manufacturing systems. His current research focuses on design optimization, design structure matrix modeling, and modeling concepts for systems engineering. Applications include infrastructure systems, mechatronic systems, and additive manufacturing systems.

Pascal has (co-)authored journal publications in Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, Research in Engineering Design, IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing, and International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, among others. He teaches a graduate course on engineering optimization introducing numerical methods for design optimization, and a graduate course on design structure matrix modeling for analysis of integrated systems design. In the bachelor studies, Pascal is involved in a design project for third year undergraduate mechanical engineering students.

Academic background

Pascal Etman received his MSc and PhD degree in Engineering Mechanics from TU/e in 1992 and 1997, respectively. His doctoral work involved numerical techniques for design optimization of multibody systems combining elements of multibody system dynamics with approximation concepts from structural optimization. After his PhD, Pascal joined the Systems Engineering research group of the department of Mechanical Engineering, continuing his research on optimization but in a different domain. In 2015, he joined the Control Systems Technology group.

Pascal was a visiting scientist with Philips Semiconductors (currently NXP) Nijmegen in 1998, visiting professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2001, visiting professor at the University of Pretoria in 2005, and visiting professor at the University of Stellenbosch in 2006. He was the advisor of six PhD students, and is currently involved in the (co-) supervision of five PhD projects. He guided over forty students during their master thesis studies.

Affiliated with

  • HTSC, AM Systems, EM, ISSMO

Partners in (semi-)industry

  • Rijkswaterstaat, TNO, Philips Lighting, VDL

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Research Output 1991 2019

9 Citations (Scopus)
26 Downloads (Pure)

Multi-level flow-based Markov clustering for design structure matrices

Wilschut, T., Etman, L. F. P., Rooda, J. E. & Adan, I. J. B. F., 2017, In : Journal of Mechanical Design : Transactions of the ASME. 139, 12, 10 p., 121402.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Clustering algorithms
Program processors
22 Citations (Scopus)
67 Downloads (Pure)

First-order sequential convex programming using approximate diagonal QP subproblems

Etman, L. F. P., Groenwold, A. A. & Rooda, J. E., 2012, In : Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization. 45, 4, p. 479-488 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Convex optimization
Convex Programming
11 Citations (Scopus)
97 Downloads (Pure)

Generating cycle time-throughput curves using effective process time based aggregate modeling

Veeger, C. P. L., Etman, L. F. P., Herk, van, J. & Rooda, J. E., 2010, In : IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing. 23, 4, p. 517-526

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Semiconductor materials
57 Citations (Scopus)

Augmented Lagrangian coordination for distributed optimal design in MDO

Tosserams, S., Etman, L. F. P. & Rooda, J. E., 2008, In : International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering. 73, 13, p. 1885-1910

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Augmented Lagrangians
Augmented Lagrangian
Large scale systems

Consistent transient thermomechanical process modeling for additive manufacturing

Knippenberg, J., Remmers, J. J. C., Etman, L. F. P. P. & Geers, M. G. D., 11 Sep 2019, Proceedings of the II International Conference on Simulation for Additive Manufacturing SIM-AM 2019.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademic

Open Access

Activities 1993 1994

  • 3 Contributed talk

20th ASME Design Automation Conference, September 11-14, 1994, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Pascal Etman (Speaker)
14 Sep 1994

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

Brite-Euram II meeting, Luik

Pascal Etman (Speaker)
2 Dec 1993

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

conference; Simon Stevin symposium, Kerkrade, 15-16 november 1993; 1993-11-16; 1993-11-16

Pascal Etman (Speaker)
15 Nov 1993

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific


Engineering optimization

1/09/15 → …


Integrated system design

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Mechanical design project

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Student theses

Analysis of the flow time of hereditary disease investigations at the human genetics department of UMC St Radboud

Author: van Heur, J., 31 Dec 2013

Supervisor: Adan, I. (Supervisor 1), Bosgoed, E. (External person) (External coach), Etman, L. (Supervisor 2), Nelen, M. (External person) (External coach), Resing, J. (Supervisor 2), Rikken, A. (External person) (External coach) & Rooda, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Analytical target cascading: convergence improvement by sub-problem post-optimality sensitivities

Author: Tosserams, S., 31 Aug 2004

Supervisor: Rooda, J. (Supervisor 1) & Etman, L. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Analytical target cascading: numerical convergence evaluation and manufacuring system application

Author: Hulshof, M., 30 Nov 2003

Supervisor: Rooda, J. (Supervisor 1) & Etman, L. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

A sequence of linear regression approximations for simulation-based optimization of manufacturing systems

Author: Gijsbers, J., 31 Oct 2002

Supervisor: Rooda, J. (Supervisor 1), Etman, L. (Supervisor 2) & Jacobs, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Crashworthiness design optimisation using multipoint approximations

Author: Adriaens, J., 31 Jan 1996

Supervisor: Wismans, J. (Supervisor 1), Schoofs, A. (Supervisor 2), van Keulen, A. (. (External person) (External coach), Etman, L. (Supervisor 2) & van Slagmaat, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master