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Michele Cano is Head of the Division of Engineering. She is a mechanical and manufacturing engineer specialising in quality engineering with over 20 years’ experience within multidisciplinary environments. Her research interests include lean manufacturing, quality and project management.  As founder and programme leader for the MScs in Quality and Project Management, her specialist areas of teaching include compliance and quality systems as well as lean manufacturing and lean six sigma.  Michele has delivered academic and training programmes in quality and lean manufacturing world-wide including, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Russia. She is a reviewer for The TQM Journal, the Journal of Cleaner Production and the International Journal for Six Sigma and Competitive Advantage, and sits on the scientific committees for three international conferences in the field of Quality. She is currently an external examiner for The University of Portsmouth.


Michele's work with industry is in the areas of quality management, lean manufacturing, Lean Six Sigma and project management and includes delivering training, consultancy and Knowledge transfer to organisations including Aggreko and Diageo.

Area of academic expertise - outline

Expertise in Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement; Project Management including Benefits Management Realisation and Quality Management and Systems.

Lean in higher education.

Special interest in Programme and Project Management of Change projects.

Desired research direction

Linking Programme and Project Management with Continuous improvement approaches for sustainability.

Target collaborative companies

International manufacturing and engineering companies.

National and International Universities with interests in lean manufacturing, quality and programme and project management.

External positions

Visiting Professor, University of Angers

9 Mar 201522 Mar 2015


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    Cano-Kourouklis, Michele (Recipient), 5 Mar 2023

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