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20052020

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Overview

I am a Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineer with focus on Quality Management and Continuous Improvement.  I am a Chartered Quality Professional from the Chartered Quality Institute, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. I have a diverse engineering background with project management and Six Sigma applied knowledge in the industry and research.

My research is centred on applying operations management, quality improvement and lean principles to solve industry problems as well as how they apply to the work of craft groups and in the cottage industry particularly in low resource economies. I am interested in user centred approaches and interdisciplinary research projects with focus on systems approach and sustainability.

 Awarded Grants:

(2020), Global Challenges Research Fund, Empowering Women in protracted displacement in Nigeria: entrepreneurship, livelihoods and communities of resistance, Co- Applicant

(2019) Royal Academy of Engineering, GCRF Africa Catalyst Programme, Partnership with APWEN (Association with Professional Women Engineers in Nigeria)

(2019), Scottish Funding Council, “Changing the landscape within Engineering and Physical Sciences (Equality and Inclusion in industry, academia and research)”, Principal Investigator

(2019), Global Challenges Research Fund (seed funding), “Building Manufacturing capacity for Kenyan Craft Women”, Principal Investigator

(2018), Culture, Event and Heritage Fund Renfrewshire Council, “Trailing the trailblazer - in the steps of Dorothee Pullinger (engineer, pioneer and business woman)”, Co Applicant

(2018), Scottish Crucible, “Seaweed based medical patch for delivery of heart medication”, Co-Applicant

(2018) GCRF Seed Funding, Frontiers of Engineering Development, Circular Economy call, “Circular Economy In Motion”, Co Applicant

(2018) Ingenious Award for Public Engagement by the Royal Academy of Engineering, Making Engineering a Family Affair – Principal Investigator

(2017), GCRF Seed Funding, Royal Academy of Engineering, Critical Success Factors for Building Manufacturing Capacity for Craft Women in Uganda – Principal Investigator

(2017) Ingenious Award for Public Engagement by the Royal Academy of Engineering, A car for Women and other stories – Team member

(2017) (In)Visible Stories: An investigation of the status of Intangible History in Scotland, by UWS Crucible – Team Member

(2017) The Social Fabric: Engagement with the Materials of Art, Craft and Industry, Vice Principal of UWS fund, Team member

Area of academic expertise - outline

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

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.

Circular Economy 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

  • Female Enterpreunership for African craft women
  • Quality, Lean and Energy Saving (PhD studentship supervision)
  • Waste of Electronic and Electrical Equipment in low resource economies
  • Gender gap in STEM
  • STEM engagement for female pupils in middle and low income countries
  • Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in STEM
  • Circular Economy/Industrial Ecology

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

External positions

Business Performance and Planning Officer, Renfrewshire Council

Sep 2014Jul 2015

Service Review & Development Officer, Renfrewshire Council

Nov 2009Dec 2016

Performance Officer, Renfrewshire Council

Dec 2005Oct 2009

Quality Engineer, Hoover Candy

Jan 2003Jan 2004

Quality Management Researcher, Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeistwirtschaft und Organisation - Außenstelle STEP

Jul 1997Mar 1998

Keywords

  • 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

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