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

Prof Andrew Thomas


Head of Department (Aberystwyth Business School)

Aberystwyth Business School

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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 (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 (, and the: Journal of Production and Manufacturing Research



Module Coordinator
Course Builder

Quality Engineering and Management

International Business Environments

Project Management

Supply Chain Management


Forensic Engineering,

Engineering Management,

Six Sigma, Lean Six Sigma

Business Process Reengineering,

Systems Behaviour and Performance


Head of School

PhD and DProf Supervisor 


Thomas, A, Morris, W, Haven-tang, C, Francis, M & Byard, P 2021, 'Smart Systems and Collaborative Innovation Networks for Productivity Improvement in SMEs', Journal of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity, vol. 7, no. 1, 3.
Francis, M, Thomas, A, Fisher, R & Mason -Jones, R 2019, 'Author and institution citation analysis of the lean literature', International Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Resilience , vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 330-352.
Fisher, R, Francis, M, Thomas, A, Mutter, K & Jones, O 2018, 'Conceptions of value as family resemblances: A theoretical model and methodology', International Journal of Business and Society, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 287-301 . <>
Thomas, A, Haven-Tang, C, Barton, R, Mason -Jones, R, Francis, M & Byard, P 2018, 'Smart Systems Implementation in UK Food Manufacturing Companies: A Sustainability Perspective', Sustainability, vol. 10, no. 12, 4693.
Thomas, A, Dorrington, P, Haven-Tang, C, Mason -Jones, R, Francis, M & Fisher, R 2018, 'The application of group consensus theory to aid organisational learning and sustainable innovation in manufacturing SMEs', Cogent Business and Management, vol. 5, 1423788.
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