Research areas

  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General) - Engineering Management, Quality assurance, Performance Analysis
  • TS Manufactures - Operations Management, quality improvement
  • HD28 Management. Industrial Management - Organisational Behaviour, National Culture
  • HA Statistics - Statitstical Process Control
  • HT Communities. Classes. Races - National Cutlure, Equalities
  • L Education (General) - STEM in prmary schools

Overview

I am a Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in Quality and Performance Management, Organisational Behaviour and National Culture. I have worked as a researcher in Fraunhofer Institute in Germany after my first degree,  in Spain as a consultant and in Scotland as a Quality Engineer and Local Authority officer.

My first degree is on Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineer. I completed an MSc on Quality Management in the University of Paisley after being awarded a competitive scholarship by the Greek State. The scholarship allowed me to continue my postgraduate studies for a PhD on the area of Quality and Performance Management combined with the impact of National Culture on manufacturing companies practice.

I have worked in manufacturing and service sectors with one of the previous roles as a Quality and Service Review officer in a local authority where I applied lean management principles and quality improvement methods in both Housing and Finance Services.

I am a Chartered Quality Professional from the Chartered Quality Institute and a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. I am also a certified EFQM assessor, PRINCE2 practitioner and previously ISO9000 auditor.

 

Area of research expertise - Outline

My research interests are Quality Management, Performance Management, the impact of National Culture on International Business Models and Equalities.

Engineering Management is also a topic that I am very keen to research – it combines the technical and scientific knowledge of Engineering with “softer” issues such as motivation, human elements, communication, sustainability, globalisation and cultural influences. I think that since we prepare graduates to work in a global environment we have a duty to prepare them to do so with providing more than just the technical expertise.

I have recently developed an interest for STEM education in Primary and Secondary schools and more specifically how we can shape young minds and aspire for learning and following a career in STEM and particular in Engineering. I strongly believe that there is a missing link between primary schools and science and I hope to investigate it further.

The reported lack of female engineers (as well as across all STEM areas) is something that I am currently involved and I would like to deepen my knowledge and expertise by doing further research and by bringing my personal experience on the issues.

Engineering education is one of my the research areas that I would like to explore and potentially link with international experts that they have an established expertise on the subject

Current research activities.

  • The Social Fabric– Engagement with the Materials of Art, Craft, and Industry. interdisciplinary activity at UWS on the interaction of People and Materials in research, industry, art, heritage, education and leisure. Starting at a local level, the project will extend nationally and globally
  • Intangible Cultural Heritage for women in science and engineering– Creating history for unexpected pioneers (Carnegie Trust Grant proposal)
  • Continuous Improvement in the Public Sector (in collaboration with the colleagues form the School of Sport and Science)
  • Quality, Lean and Energy Saving (PhD studentship supervision)
  • Investigating contextualization of mathematics within FE/HE, and its eventual effect on attitude, attainment and progress within STEM (potential PhD studentship)
  • Gender gap in STEM

Desired research direction.

  • STEM in Primary Education
  • STEM in Secondary Education
  • National Culture effect on STEM uptake
  • Gender issues in Engineering
  • Engineering Management in a global perspective
  • Interdisciplinary projects on Engineering, Social Sciences, Culture and Arts
  • Sustainability and remanufacturing

Other areas of Expertise available for knowledge exchange.

  • EFQM
  • PSIF
  • Performance Management
  • Equality and Gender action
  • Widen participation
  • Public/Community Engagement and Consultation
  • National Culture
  • Engineering Management
  • Industrial studies

Activities

  1. Public Engagement: Engaging the Public with Research and Outreach

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

  2. Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce - Schools event

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Schools engagement

  3. British Academy of Management (External organisation)

    Activity: MembershipMembership of network

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