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 


Xia, H, Wang, Y, Jasimuddin, S, Zhang, JZ & Thomas, A 2022, 'A big-data-driven matching model based on deep reinforcement learning for cotton blending', International Journal of Production Research. 10.1080/00207543.2022.2153942
Mason-Jones, R, Davies, PG & Thomas, A 2022, 'Applying the Theory of Constraints to Explore the UK Renewable-Energy Supply Chain', Sustainability (Switzerland), vol. 14, no. 20, 13307. 10.3390/su142013307
Schmidt, I, Morris, W, Thomas, A & Manning, L 2022, 'Smart Systems: The Role of Advanced Technologies in Improving Business Quality, Performance and Supply Chain Integration', Standards, vol. 2, no. 3, 0020, pp. 276–293. 10.3390/standards2030020
Abdulai, A-F, Murphy, L, Thomas, A & Thomas, B 2022, 'Technology Transfer Offices and Their Role with Information Mechanisms for Innovation Performance in Firms: The Case of Ghana', Knowledge, vol. 2, no. 4, 0041, pp. 719-734. 10.3390/knowledge2040041
Haven-Tang, C, Thomas, A & Fisher, R 2022, 'To What Extent Does the Food Tourism ‘Label’ Enhance Local Food Supply Chains? Experiences from Southeast Wales', Tourism and Hospitality, vol. 3, no. 1, 11, pp. 153-160. 10.3390/tourhosp3010011
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