I am currently a Professor of Operations Management and Head of the Centre for Supply Chain Improvement, College of Business, Law and Social Sciences of the University of Derby, UK. Some other activities I am involved with, apart from my research duties include: supervision of PhD and Master research projects, teaching and consultancy.
I graduated in 1998 from the Autonoma de Nuevo Leon University (U.A.N.L.) in Mexico as Mechanical Administrator Engineer. Then, in 2001 I completed an MSc in Production and Quality from the same University. In 2003, the Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) awarded me a scholarship to pursue a PhD in Manufacturing Systems and Operations Management at the University of Manchester, from where I graduated in 2008. Then, in 2009 I finished an MBA at the University of Northampton, UK and in 2010 I completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education at the University of Derby.
Professional Certifications and Industrial Experience
I am a Chartered Engineer (CEng) with the Institution of Engineering Technology (IET) and a certified process improvement Six Sigma-Green Belt. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), and Fellow of the Society of Industrial Engineering and Operations Management (FIEOM) and have over eigth years of industrial experience working as Production Manager, Production Engineer and Operations Manager for several international and local companies in both the UK and Mexico.
Research interest, outputs and activities
My main research interests are in the area of Operations and Production Management, Supply Chain and Logistics Management, Lean and Agile Operations and Supply Chains, Sustainability within the context of Operations and Supply Chains, Circular or Closed-Loop Operations and Supply Chains, Sustainable and Green Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 technologies application in operations and supply chains, Lean Management, Quality Management & Operations Excellence, Innovation Management. Currently, my research interest on business and process excellence methods has been refocused to incorporate and explore how these can enable more sustainable, greener and circular supply chains and internal business operations through the implementation of Industry 4.0 technologies.
I have published an extensive number of papers in highly regarded peer reviewed Journals and International Conferences, as well as six books in the areas of operations and innovation management, quality management systems, manufacturing performance measurement systems and continuous improvement. I am also an active reviewer of more than 30 journals.
I am one of the founders and Editors of the International Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Resilience (IJSCOR) of Inderscience
I am also Associate Editor for the International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Associate Editor of the Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Industrial Engineering and Operations Management. I am also part of the editorial board (EB) of journals such as JMTM, IJLSS, IJLER, IJEME, IJETI, IJMAI and OMJ, and have participated as part of the organising committee and scientific boards of International Conferences that include FAIM, IEOM, EUBITM, ICMR, IETSD. I have Guest Edited six special issues on:
"From Linear to Circular Manufacturing Business Models" - Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management
"Interventions for Delivering the Triple-Bottom-Line" - Production Planning & Control
"Supply Chain Resilience in the Era of Industry 4.0: Network Design and Relocation in Emerging Markets" - Journal of Supply Chain Relocation
"Managing Reverse Exchanges in Service Supply Chains" - Supply Chain Management: An International Journal
"Seeing Green: Achieving Environmental Sustainability through Lean and Six Sigma" International Journal of Lean Six Sigma"
"Manufacturing Operations Management and Optimisation" - International Journal of Engineering Management and Economics
"Lean Six Sigma Developments in Manufacturing Applications" - International Journal of Lean Enterprise Research
"Advances in Manufacturing Technology" - International Journal of Engineering and Technology Innovation