Teaching staff

Reliability Engineering and Asset Management 1 Year MSc

formerly known as Maintenance Engineering and Asset Management

The programme team has an international reputation for both teaching and research. The University of Manchester is itself home to an impressive body of research and educational expertise in the area of maintenance and condition monitoring with first rate facilities for both lectures and practical demonstrations. Many of the lecturers have an enviable reputation for their contacts with British industry as well as their work with universities and companies in the Middle East, Europe, Australia and South Africa. 

Prof Jyoti K Sinha

Programme Director, The University of Manchester

Prof Jyoti Sinha took up the present post in January 2007. He previously worked as a Senior Research Scientist in the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, India for nearly 16 years. He also worked as a Research Fellow in Cranfield University, UK for 18 months. He received his Bachelor’s degree (Mech. Engg.) from BIT, Sindri (India), Master’s degree (Aerospace Eng.) from IIT Bombay, Mumbai (India). He completed his Ph.D. from the University of Wales Swansea (UK). His research area is Vibration and Structural Dynamics using both experiments and analytical methods including FE model updating, Vibration control, and Health Monitoring techniques. He is recipient of the prestigious “Young Scientist (Boyscast) Fellowship” from the Department of Science and Technology, India for his outstanding work in Vibration diagnosis and Structural Dynamics related to number of rotating machines and structural components of Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs). Dr. Sinha has been extensively involved in the number of projects related to Vibration and Dynamics and instrumental in developing number of innovative techniques in his research area.He is the author of more than 60 technical reports and 75 technical papers in the International Journals and Conferences.

Mr John Harris

IMMS, Wilmslow and Honorary Fellow, The University of Manchester

Following experience in research engineering in the early UK nuclear power programme, Mr John Harris lectured in the School of Engineering at Manchester University where, after work in nuclear reactor physics and heat transfer he developed research interests in safety and reliability engineering and in maintenance. He co-authored, with Tony Kelly, the pioneering textbook Management of Industrial Maintenance, and edits the journal Maintenance & Asset Management. His research publications have dealt with topics as diverse as reactor neutronics and heat transfer, nuclear plant containment, the maintenance of hazardous plant and the monitoring of reliability. A founder member and sometime Chairman of the erstwhile Reliability Committee of the UK Institution of Mechanical Engineers, he contributed substantially to its handbook (published in the Institution's Series of Guides for the Process Industries) The Reliability of Mechanical Systems (MEP), which is the recommended textbook for the module.

Prof Ashraf Labib

University of Portsmouth

Ashraf Labib is a Professor of Operations and Decision Analysis and is currently the Associate Dean for Research and has been the Director of the DBA Programme at Portsmouth Business School (PBS). PBS research place the School in the top twenty percent of all UK universities in the subject area of Business and Management Studies (RAE 2001). Prior to joining Portsmouth Business School, he was a Senior Lecturer in the School of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering, University of Manchester. He holds a PhD and MSc from Univ. of Birmingham, an MBA from the American University in Cairo, and a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Univ. of Cairo. He is a Fellow of the Operational Research Society (ORS), a Fellow of the IET and a Chartered Engineer. His major areas of interest and expertise include Maintenance Systems, Multiple Criteria Decision-Making, Concurrent Engineering, Intelligent Manufacturing Systems and Fuzzy Logic Control. He is currently undertaking research into a number of areas such as CMMS, TPM and Reliability & Maintenance Models.

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Mr Tom Lenahan

TLL Limited

Since 1996 Tom Lenahan has worked as an independent consultant assisting clients achieve cost effective solutions to difficult issues in maintenance strategy in general and turnaround management in particular. Tom has been involved in all aspects of maintenance and built up extensive experience working for companies in the UK, USA, India, Malaysia, Russia, South Africa and the Middle East. He has been trained in advanced communication skills and has extensive experience in dealing with 'soft' people issues that are as vital to the success of maintenance strategies as the more traditional technical issues. This has made him expert in the role of facilitation. Tom's first book on turnaround management was published in August 1999 and he is at present engaged on developing a 'stripped down' turnaround methodology for companies with limited resources.

Prof Graham Thompson

The University of Manchester

Graham Thompson trained with Jaguar Cars Limited and held appointments with Renold Limited and BNFL before joining the staff at UMIST in 1978. He is a practising designer and has carried out extensive research into methods of reducing maintenance costs through design and design related matters. Over 50 papers have been published, including a research monograph on Design Review methods. Two papers have received I.Mech.E. prizes. His interests also include creative problem solving. From 2004-2007 Professor Thompson was Head of the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering. He has extensive teaching experience at undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education levels. 

Mr Paul Wheelhouse

Red Wheel Solutions Ltd

Paul Wheelhouse is a chartered electrical engineer a member of the Institution of Engineering Technology and a former council member of the Institute of Asset Management. After studying physics at UMIST (now The University of Manchester) he worked in the speciality chemicals business for 20 years in a variety of engineering, production and distribution roles at several locations in Europe. A large part of his time was devoted to improving the performance of plant, work processes and the functioning of groups. For the past fifteen years Paul has been engaged in asset management consulting. This has involved helping clients to enhance return on assets by improved equipment reliability, reduced working capital and the more effective use of labour. His recent assignments have crossed a wide range of industries in Europe, Middle East, North America and the Far East. Paul is a Director of Red Wheel Solutions Ltd. which specialises in all aspects of maintenance, reliability and asset management consultancy, training and performance improvement. He divides his time between business development, teaching and consulting.

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Dr Moray Kidd

The University of Manchester

Dr Kidd has a wealth of experience gained working in various professional mechanical engineering roles for companies including ABB, GE and BAE Systems. His special interests include Reliability Engineering, Mechanical Design and Project Management. In his role as Deputy Director, Dr Kidd managed the BP Engineering Management for the past ten years for the University of Manchester.

Dr Kidd has been awarded Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in recognition of his significant responsibility and contribution. Dr Kidd is an active BSI committee member for TC251 providing expert input to the development of the ISO55000 (asset management standard). His Doctoral Research focused on Automotive Reliability with special emphasis on Expert Systems for Condition Based Maintenance.

Dr Kidd has supervised over two hundred UG/PG dissertations and ten PhD projects to successful completion (many of these students were based in industry working on real application challenges).

In his current Senior Lectureship post at the University of Manchester, Dr Kidd teaches Reliability Engineering, Mechanical Design and Project Management. He is actively involved in Research, Consultancy and CPD in all these subject areas. Dr Kidd is the Unit Leader for Risk, Reliability and Maintainability on the Professional Development MSc Programme on Asset Management.


Dr Akilu Yunusa Kaltungo

The University of Manchester

Akilu obtained his first degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria. He then joined LafargeHolcim Cement PLC, first as a junior Methods/Reliability engineer and later as the Maintenance Team Leader on a multi-million pounds coal grinding plant project.

In 2008, Akilu moved to the UK for his MSc in Maintenance Engineering and Asset Management (now known as Reliability Engineering and Asset Management) at the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering (MACE). Upon completing his MSc in 2009, Akilu rejoined LafargeHolcim where he served as training and learning manager; health and safety manager; and maintenance manager.

In late 2012, Akilu returned to the University of Manchester for his PhD in Condition Monitoring of Rotating Machines, with particular interest in the development of data fusion techniques that can simplify fault detection and classification. During this time, he authored and reviewed several research articles published in internationally recognised journals and conference proceedings. Akilu has been a lecturer in Plant Reliability and Maintenance Engineering within the School of MACE since November 2015. 


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