Andrew Thomas

Prof, BEng (Hons), MSc, MA(Ed), PhD, DEng, CEng, FIMechE, MIET, PGCHE, FHEA

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I am Professor of Engineering Management and Head of Aberystwyth Business School. I entered academia in 2002 having followed an industrial career initially with the Royal Air Force and then later with BE Aerospace where I undertook roles in aerospace, manufacturing and production engineering. I have held positions at a number of levels in Higher education including; Lecturer/Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow and management positions as Associate Dean, Dean, Head of School and Director.

As Head of School I am responsible for the effective delivery of teaching, learning, research and technology/knowledge transfer activities in the School. My main research interests include; forensic engineering, maintenance management, engineering management, manufacturing strategy and operations management and have published over 200 research articles, journal papers and delivered a number of key note speeches in these areas. I have supervised and led over twenty KTP projects and managed a number of ERDF, EPSRC and EU FP7 projects. I have also developed a number of academic teaching programmes.

I am currently Chair of the Consortium of Manufacturing and Engineering Heads UK (COMEH) and a member of the Engineering Professors Council (EPC UK).

I am Editor In Chief of the: International Journal of Collaborative Engineering and also a member of the Editorial Board of: MDPI Sustainability, and for Standards Standards (



Head of School

PhD and DProf Supervisor 


Quality Engineering and Management

International Business Environments

Project Management

Supply Chain Management

Research interests

Forensic Engineering,

Engineering Management,

Six Sigma, Lean Six Sigma

Business Process Reengineering,

Systems Behaviour and Performance

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure


  • TS Manufactures
  • Management
  • Quality Improvement
  • Lean Production
  • Maintenance Engineering


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