School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


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Technology and Operations Management Research Group

We are an internationally recognised group who conduct research, teaching and consultancy across the breadth of technology and operations management practice.

The group is broadly concerned with improving engineering and technology organisations through the research and development of operations management. This includes the development and implementation of the elements of production as well as their competitive strategies. Key areas of interest include:

  • Organisational Resilience
  • Engineering Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Innovation Management
  • Lean Operations
  • Process and Enterprise Modelling
  • Information Management

Professor C. J. Backhouse

Chris is professor of Product Innovation, Associate Dean (Teaching).

Dr R. S. Bhamra – Research Group Leader

Ran is Senior Lecturer in Engineering Management and joined the School in 2008, prior to which his career was spent in a variety of industrial organisations and consultancy. Research interests are focused on how organisations can become more competitive and resilient, so organisational resilience, competence and resource-based theory, sustainable manufacturing strategy, and also product-service operations are his focus. Ran is a Chartered Engineer and a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong.


Dr J. A. Colwill

James is Lecturer in Sustainable Manufacturing. James joined Loughborough University’s Wolfson School in 2009, prior to which the majority of his career has been spent in the manufacturing industry as a consultant, primarily in the Food, Drink and FMCG sectors. James is currently involved with two national research centres with combined funding of approximately £10M over 5 years, specifically as the Principle Investigator for the Resource Efficient Manufacturing (REM) Grand Challenge Project within the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial Sustainability (CIMIS) and as Co-I on the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Food.

His industrial experience includes; product, process and supply chain improvements, as well as packaging design, product innovation and strategic operational change. James is also a serial entrepreneur and innovator, with three successful start-ups to his name.


Dr M. Goh

Mey is a Senior Lecturer in Product Design. Her interdisciplinary research activities are focused on developing knowledge management and modelling approaches to support decision-making under uncertainty. She has been investigators on two EPSRC IeMRC-funded projects and is a Co-Investigator in the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Intelligent Automation (2011-2016). She has worked with the aerospace, defence, energy and automotive sectors addressing challenges associated with delivering complex, high-value and through-life engineering systems. She is a Member of the Design Society and has served on the Scientific Committee for international conferences and journals, including the International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED), ASME IDETC/CIE, DESIGN and Engineering & Product Design Education Conference (E&PDE).


Dr R. P. Monfared

Radmehr is Senior Lecturer in Intelligent Automation and has more than 17 years’ experience working with various industrial domains, including automotive, aerospace, electronics, and train maintenance. His research interests and his main focus are on business analysis and simulation, business process modelling and enterprise architecture, manufacturing automation, virtual engineering, and production control and monitoring.

He is fellow member of Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Higher Education Academy. He is also an academic member of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Intelligent Automation and the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Embedded Intelligence at Loughborough. He has been investigator of numerous UK and EU funded projects.

He is currently Programme Director for Engineering Management course at Loughborough University.


Dr E. Hubbard

Ella has been a lecturer in Systems Engineering since completing her PhD in Human Sciences (Ergonomics) in 2008. Her research focuses on the impact of technology insertion on organisational and business processes and practices, especially areas such as decision support and training.

Ella was the first Technical Member of the CIEHF (Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors) and is a member of both their Events and Membership Committees. She is also part of INCOSE’s (International Council on Systems Engineering) Human Centric Systems Engineering Working Group and UK Academic Team.

Ella is currently Programme Director for the Systems Engineering Undergraduate courses at Loughborough University. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has pedagogical research interests and is part of the UK and Ireland Engineering Education Research Network.


Dr E. Sabet

Ehsan is a lecturer in engineering management, with 14 years of ongoing research and consultancy activities in automotive, gas turbine and heavy duty manufacturing firms and their value chains. Ehsan’s current research is mostly focused on four major areas, namely business excellence (lean, six-sigma and the theory of constraints) in high-tech service engineering firms and manufacturers, efficiency improvement in product design and development, agile value chains in fast evolving industries, and the use of optimisation and decision science in manufacturing.

Associate Members


Dr L. Yang

School of Business & Economics

Reader in Information Systems and Emergency Management

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