• 531 Citations
1991 …2019
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“Inspired mechanical design and engineering overwhelms through the simplicity of its solutions and may see a revival elsewhere in the medium distant future”.

Research profile

Nick Rosielle is an associate professor at the Dynamics and Control group and the Control Systems Technology Group of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His areas of interest include the design of machines and instruments. He is responsible for the course Design Principles in the bachelor program of the Mechanical Engineering faculty for the past 28 years and Applications of Design Principles in the ME master program for the past 22 years. Research includes Thermo mechanic deformable mirror technology.  Image manipulation for wafer plane conformity in optical lithography systems, Design of Internally Over-actuated Stages, Optical chip to fiber connections, interventional X-ray equipment, superconducting actuator design, wafer handling robotics and robot systems with haptic feedback for precision minimally-invasive, eye, reconstructive plastic and bone sculpting surgery.

The statically determinate design method, evolved from the Philips Centre for manufacturing technology in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, is still considered the base for mechanical design of machines and instruments. Of some 140 design principles from the eighties, roughly 100 have survived to be applied for the latest design problems at companies like ASML, Fei, VDL, Zeiss and smaller engineering companies. A successful design is more than a mere combination of these design principles and convinces as a whole.

Academic background

Nick Rosielle obtained his MSc in Mechanical Engineering from TU/e in 1980. Since then he worked in Dutch and International industry in materials research. From 1988 onwards he worked at the TU/e department of Mechanical Engineering as an assistant professor. In 1994 he received his PhD from TU/e. In 1996 he was appointed Associate Professor in design of precision machinery and instruments. Nick is the (co-)author of refereed and proceedings publications in fields varying from Precision Engineering and Biomedical engineering to Education Research and Automotive Engineering.

“The next generation of mechanical design educators may not be appointed at universities at all. They will face fierce competition from a multitude of colleagues to whom mechanical engineering is a field of endless proportions and an opportunity to score in science rather than in mechanical engineering. A new kind of educational institute may be aimed at producing a high level engineer/problemsolver type capable of serving society once more. Such Mechanical Engineering Institute aimed at application exclusively may have to be created outside existing universities.”

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Research Output 1991 2019

3 Citations (Scopus)

Nanometre-accurate form measurement machine for E-ELT M1 segments

Bos, A., Henselmans, R., Rosielle, P. C. J. N. & Steinbuch, M., 1 Apr 2015, In : Precision Engineering. 40, p. 14-25 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Bearings (structural)
Sintered carbides
Level measurement
Machine design
36 Citations (Scopus)

Design of a long stroke translation stage for AFM

Werner, C., Rosielle, P. C. J. N. & Steinbuch, M., 2010, In : International journal of machine tools and manufacture. 50, 2, p. 183-190

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Compensation and Redress
26 Citations (Scopus)
Torsional Vibration
24 Citations (Scopus)

An elastically guided machine axis with nanometer repeatability

Seggelen, van, J. K., Rosielle, P. C. J. N., Schellekens, P. H. J., Spaan, H. A. M., Bergmans, R. & Kotte, G. J. W. L., 2005, In : CIRP Annals : Manufacturing Technology. 54, p. 487-490

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Coordinate measuring machines
Compensation and Redress
15 Citations (Scopus)

Accurate assessment of in situ isometric contractile properties of hindlimb plantar and dorsal flexor muscle complex of intact mice

Gorselink, M., Drost, M. R., Louw, de, J., Willems, P. J. B., Rosielle, P. C. J. N., Janssen, J. D. & Vusse, van der, G. J., 2000, In : Pflügers Archiv : European Journal of Physiology. 439, 5, p. 665-670

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review


Activities 1994 1994

  • 1 Contributed talk

Tucson (Arizona)

Nick Rosielle (Speaker)
8 Apr 1994

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific


Design principles

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Student theses

Analyse en voorstellen tot verbetering van het dynamisch gedrag van de slede-aandrijving van een Hembrug Super-Mikroturn CNC draaimachine

Author: Smeets, E., 30 Jun 1993

Supervisor: Szepesi, D. (External person) (External coach), Rosielle, P. (Supervisor 1), Weekers, W. (Supervisor 2) & Schellekens, P. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Analysis, optimization and design of a B-IST transmission

Author: Werner, C., 30 Apr 2004

Supervisor: van Campen, D. (Supervisor 1), van Druten, R. (Supervisor 2) & Rosielle, P. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

A new layout for producing mounts for PAR38-lamps

Author: Houben, M., 31 Jan 2005

Supervisor: Steinbuch, M. (Supervisor 1), Rosielle, P. (Supervisor 2), van Druten, R. (Supervisor 2) & Kessels, H. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master


Automatisch verwijderen van honingraatafdichtingen: onderzoek naar methoden en ontwerp van een specifiek productiemiddel

Author: van Hoecke, D., 31 Aug 1999

Supervisor: Schellekens, P. (Supervisor 1), Rosielle, P. (Supervisor 2) & Reker, E. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Chassis and suspension design FSRTE02

Author: van Berkum, A., 2006

Supervisor: Steinbuch, M. (Supervisor 1) & Rosielle, P. (Coach)

Student thesis: Master