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Anja M Maier, Ph.D. is Professor at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).  Her research focuses on engineering systems design, with a particular emphasis on complexity and human behaviour and a particular interest in health.  This includes design communication, design in networks, and design cognition.  She has led the Engineering Systems Design Section (2014-2021), conducting interdisciplinary research into designing, building, and operating engineering systems; and has been directly involved in all levels of teaching of design and systems from bachelor, to master, to PhD, through to continuing education. 

Professor Maier is an editor of the Springer Handbook of Engineering Systems Design, serves as Vice President and Treasurer on the Board of Management of the worldwide Design Society, on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Engineering Design, as Associate Editor of the journal Design Science, is a Board member of the Copenhagen Center for Health Technology (Cachet), a fellow of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, a fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering, a fellow of acatech - the National Academy of Science and Engineering, Germany, and a fellow of ATV – the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences, Denmark.  She has worked as a technical consultant in the manufacturing and software industries. 

Other information

Language Skills:
German, English, Danish 

Research areas

Engineering Systems Design
Human Behaviour in Design
Design Communication
Network Analysis
Interface Management in Product Development
Organisational Capability Assessment
Management of Change

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Engineering Design, University of Cambridge, UK


Political Science, Philosophy, Communication Science, Universität Münster, Germany


International Relations, Political Thought, Engineering, University Toronto, Canada


External positions

Research Associate, University of Cambridge, UK


Technical Consultant, IBM



  • User defined:
  • Network Analysis
  • Healthcare
  • Engineering Design
  • Organisational Capability Assessment
  • Human Behaviour in Design
  • Design Communication
  • Engineering Systems
  • Interface Management in Product Development
  • Management of Change


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