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Industry moves towards ever increasing functionality, performance, miniaturization and less cost, resulting in higher heat densities and corresponding higher temperatures. Unfortunately, these have a negative impact on the performance, reliability and lifetime of electronic products, making thermal design more challenging than ever. Optimization of thermal design is relevant for many electronic applications, such as consumer electronics, semiconductors, power electronics, LED applications, automotive, data centers, internet of everything, digital twins etc.

Two very experienced lecturers, Wendy Luiten (winner of the prestigious Harvey Rosten Award 2014) and Clemens Lasance (a.o. SEMI-THERM THERMI Award winner in 2001), teach the participants how to solve the thermal problems inherent in electronics thermal management today. Based on a combined 75-plus years of industrial thermal design experience, they present a balanced mix of theory and practice.

The course is designed in such a way that both engineers with hardly any thermal knowledge and engineers with many years of thermal experience can benefit. On four different moments during the course, the participants can choose to deepen their understanding of the presented material OR to do a hands-on application exercise on an industrial relevant example. They can choose during the course right before the selection moments.

On the third day, participants practice the acquired thermal know-how by solving a real life case of current or previous participants.

This 3-days classroom offline course has been extended with two online courses:
- Electronics cooling thermal design (lecturer: Wendy Luiten) - online module;
- Advanced thermal management of electronics (lecturer: Clemens Lasance) - online module.

The thermal design online course has been extended with two half days to give more opportunities for practicing and achieving an active skill level for designing new thermal applications, evaluating existing thermal applications, and assessing computational simulation models. 

The advanced thermal management online course has been extended with one half day.
The character of this course is more knowledge oriented, it does not include practicing.
It not only discusses a topic like reliability and thermal management but also extends the knowledge on heat transfer and assumes that the participant has the knowledge of the thermal design course.


The course focuses on recognition and prevention of thermal problems through optimal thermal design and architecture choices in all stages of the industrial product creation process – avoiding re-design, delayed time-to-market and associated costs in time and resources. It gives concrete guidelines to make the right thermal design choices on component, module and system level. 

After the course, the participant:

  • has obtained a basic understanding of heat transfer phenomena;
  • knows how to apply this knowledge in practice;
  • is able to make the right thermal design choices on component, module and system level;
  • knows to estimate when a thermal expert needs to be consulted;
  • is able to communicate with thermal experts;
  • Is able to estimate the impact of system architecture, mechanical dimensions, material properties and heat dissipations on critical

Intended for

Engineers (electronic, mechanical/mechatronic, reliability) directly involved with thermal design and cooling of electronic components, modules and systems, engineers confronted with thermal problems/issues, Thermal Engineers, System Architects, or those who want to understand and learn more about this subject of growing importance due to the electronification of society, be it automotive, LEDs, Internet-of-Things or data centers.

Prerequisites: technical college/university education.

The course can also be organized in-company, adapted to local needs.

Course schedule
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
Location Eindhoven
Duration 3 consecutive days
Course leader Hans Vink MSc
(Average score of last 3 editions)
Price € 1,700 excl. VAT *
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The course is designed in such a way that both engineers with hardly any thermal knowledge and engineers with many years of thermal experience can benefit.

On four different moments during the course, the participant can choose to deepen understanding of the presented material OR to do a hands-on application exercise on an industry relevant example. The four choice modules are:

  • Exercises on fundamentals of heat transfer using the electrothermal analogue OR advanced heat transfer
  • Exercises on heating & fan cooling OR advanced thermal characterisation
  • How to do numerical analysis OR advanced numerical analysis
  • How to do measurements OR advanced measurement

Day 1, AM:

  • Conduction -, convection - and radiation heat transfer
  • Choice module 1
  • Heat spreading

Day 1, PM:

  • Heating & Cooling
  • Fan cooling
  • Reliability issues
  • Specifications and thermal requirements
  • Thermal characterisation
  • Choice module 2

Day 2, AM:

  • Thermal way of working
  • Thermal rules-of-thumb
  • Hand calculations
  • Heat sink exercise

Day 2, PM:

  • Problem solving example
  • Sources of information
  • Numerical analysis
  • Choice module 3
  • Measurement techniques
  • Choice module 4

Day 3, AM:

  • Cooling solutions
  • Liquid cooling
  • Advanced cooling technologies

Day 3, PM:

  • Case study

Classroom lectures, exercises and a group case study.
Course material: lecture notes, booklet Heat Transfer Theory applied to Electronics Cooling by Lasance & Luiten.


Participants will receive a High Tech Institute course certificate for attending this workshop.

Remarks from participants

‘Your course cannot be praised enough. It will definitely be of great use to me and will benefit my students at University next year and for many years on. The insight you provide as world-class experts is a treasure itself.’

José F. Toledo Alarcón - Universitat Politècnica de València

'Most important items I’ve learned: basics about heat transfer, hand calculations, thermal design walkthrough.'

Lars Keller - Continental Automotive

'Very relaxing, open atmosphere. Good feedback between lecturers & class.'

Thady Bruton - NXP Semiconductors

'Good course with good combination of instructors.'

Abdulaziz Al Hussain - Advanced Electronics Company

* Prices are subject to change. Price correction will be applied at the end of the year.