School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


Professor Carys Siemieniuch BA, MSc, PhD, M.ErgS, eur.erg, JP

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Professor of Enterprise Systems Engineering

Carys has both UK professional and European CREE registration as an ergonomist, with expertise across the full range of systems-related human factors topics. Her key skills are in knowledge lifecycle management systems, organisational and cultural aspects of enterprise modeling techniques, organisational systems architectures, dynamic allocation of function and the design of complex systems. She is active in both the military and civilian domains.

She has extensive and varied consultancy expertise, turning her applied research into practical advice for a number of organisations including the European Parliament, the Ministry of Defence and a range of engineering organisations in the UK and Europe. She is a member of the Engineering Systems of Systems Research Group in the Department.

She is a reviewer for UK EPSRC and DTI funded programmes and a registered ‘expert’, project reviewer and evaluator for the EU Framework Programmes. In addition she is a reviewer for various academic journals and national and international conferences. She has a particular interest in the promotion of women in science, engineering and technology (SET) and is a Mentor on MentorSET: a national mentoring scheme for Women in SET

Professor Carys Siemieniuch has worked as a Systems Ergonomist for 22 years in the manufacturing and aerospace domains. As a PI/CoI on a range of EPSRC (8), EU (6) & MoD/Industry (7) funded projects, she has developed new understandings about: knowledge lifecycle management systems, organisational and cultural aspects of enterprise modeling techniques, organisational systems architectures, dynamic allocation of function and the design of complex systems.

She is a registered member of INCOSE, the UK Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors, has European CREE professional registration and is a registered Proposal Evaluator and Project Reviewer for the EU Framework Programmes.

She has over 100 referred publications in the area of organisational and system design. Prior to joining the University in 1987 as an RA in the Human Sciences and Advanced Technology Research Institute, Carys worked in the automotive industry for 10 years: her research has continued this focus and expanded to encompass aerospace and engineering organisations in both the military and civilian domains.

1974 - 1977 Management Trainee with Turner & Newall. Undertook a number of training courses and placements in different departments (eg production, planning, finance, marketing) at Ferodo Brake Linings in Chapel-en-le Frith and then moved to Payen/Hall Gaskets in Slough where I worked both as a shop floor supervisor and then Export Office Supervisor

1977 - 1980 Moved to Leyland International in London as a Programmer for Landrover & Military Sales, which required me to act as the link between Sales and Production Planning. Then, as a result of company-wide re-organisation, accepted a job as an Economic and Political Market Analyst in the export marketing department of Leyland Vehicles in London

2005 Together with 2 colleagues Carys has recently set up a consultancy company to offer advice and guidance to SMEs in the manufacturing/ engineering domain in the UK - an exellent example of transferring knowledge and 'making a difference'.

Work carried out here includes process change and work instruction documentation, constraint management, capacity management, implementation of new systems for managing throughput etc.

Examples of contracts completed include:

  • Company "S": Lead times reduced from 8 to 2 weeks, 100% On Time in Full achieved within 3 months, Throughput increased by 100%
  • Company "G": Lead time reduced from 18 to 12 weeks, 40% extra capacity released for no consequent increase in operating expense, overtime cost reduced significantly, Due Date performance improved to 90%+

Carys is a member of the newly formed Engineering Systems of Systems Research Group (Web site under construction), which takes an holistic view of Systems of Systems design, focusing particularly on the interoperability, sustainability and re-configurability aspects of systems with the overall aim of improving their predictability and usability.

Current and recent projects include:

DTC SER006 CULTURE - Semi/Autonomous Systems Defence Technology Centre, 2005 – 2009 Impact of Different Cultural Attribute Sets on S/AS Decision structures and interfaces EPSRC IMCRC IITKM - ‘Grand Challenge’ Through-life Information management, 2005-08 Exploration of ‘immortal information’, and its impact on the design of decision making systems within the extended Engineering Life Cycle EPSRC proposal: EP/D05821X/1 UMCS- Unified Modelling of Complex Systems, 2006 – 2008 To extend and integrate existing enterprise modelling methods and tools and apply them in complex organisational systems EPSRC IMCRC 79 GEG- Good Engineering Governance, 2004-06 Cascading Corporate Governance down into the engineering function by creating a framework and organisational context within which it could be applied EPSRC IMCRC 86 VORTICS- Virtual Organisational Rig for Testing and Investigating Company Structures, 2004-06 Specification of a management prognosis and enterprise modelling tool EPSRC IMCRC 49 MTKN– Managing Tacit Knowledge in Design Reviews, 2003-05 Methods for the capture and re-use of tacit knowledge within the context of Design Reviews & reengineering the whole Design Review Process and associated structures and roles She is currently supervising 1 MPhil, 2 PhD and 2 Engineering Doctorate students in the domains of Human Reliability Assessment, Organisational Modelling, Knowledge Management Systems and the impact of Cultural Attributes on Team Design and Performance

Carys is the Course Director for the Under Graduate Systems Engineering BEng and MEng Courses at the University

She also lectures / supervises/ vivas etc on the following modules

  • ELB007 System Methods
  • ELC012Systems Engineering Applications Theory
  • ELD033System Diagnostics
  • ELP060Soft Systems Engineering
  • ELP064Team Project
  • ELP085MSc Group Project
  • ELD003Composite Group Project

She also holds positions as External Examiner for Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia and External Lecturer at University of Manchester Computer Science Dept and Glasgow Caledonian School of Computing and RMA Shrivenham

Selected Publications

CALLAN K, SIEMIENIUCH C E, SINCLAIR M “ A Case Study Example of the Role Matrix Technique’. International Journal of Project Management Vol 24, Issue 6, August 2006, pp 506 – 515,

Elsevier SIEMIENIUCH C E and SINCLAIR M A, ‘Systems Integration – the ‘System of Systems Issues”. International Journal of Applied Ergonomics special issue on "Fundamental Reviews In Applied Ergonomics" , eds J Wilson, R Haslam & P Carayon. Vol 37, January 2006, ISSN 003-6870, pp91-110

NG G, SIEMIENIUCH C E, SINCLAIR M A, "Proposal for a sustainable framework process for the generation, validation, and application of human reliability assessment within the engineering design lifecycle". Journal of Reliability Engineering & System Safety, Volume 92, Issue 6 , June 2007, Pages 755-770

SIEMIENIUCH C E and SINCLAIR M A “Using corporate governance to enhance ‘long-term situation awareness’ and assist in the avoidance of organisation-induced disasters”. Journal of Applied Ergonomics. Vol 39, Issue 2, pp229 – 240, March 2008.

JOHN ROOKE, ELLA-MAE MOLLOY, MURRAY SINCLAIR, LAURI KOSKELA, MOHAN SIRIWARDENA, MIKE KAGIOGLOU, CARYS SIEMIENIUCH "Models and metaphors: complexity theory and through-life management in the built environment", 2008, Journal of Architectural Engineering and Design Management, volume 4, pages 47-57

MOLLOY, E.-M., SIEMIENIUCH, C. E. & SINCLAIR, M. A. ‘A systems approach to supporting decisions for the product-service shift’. International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology: Special Issue on Decision Support Systems, in print August 2009

MOLLOY, E.-M., SIEMIENIUCH, C. E. & SINCLAIR, M. A. ‘Decision-Making Systems and the Product-Service Shift’. Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, special issue on the Product Service Shift, vol 20, No 5, 2009

HASSAN M G, HURST R, SIEMIENIUCH C E, ZOBAA A F, “The Impact of Energy Awareness On Energy Efficiency” Accepted 16 June 09 for International Journal of Sustainable Engineering