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Dr Michael Ward

Technical Director

Advanced Forming Research Centre

As Technical Director Dr Michael Ward’s role at the AFRC is to lead and develop the Technology Strategy and to enable the future growth of the centre through winning new business.  Michael also chairs the AFRC Technical Board, represents the centre at the High Value Manufacturing Catapult Chief Technical Officers’ forum, the Scottish Aerospace, Defence, Marine and Security (ADMS) Industry Leadership Group, and is a board member of ALFED. Michael previously worked in Rolls-Royce, where as corporate Chief of Capability Acquisition, he was responsible for the definition and leadership of Capability Acquisition across aerospace, marine, energy, and nuclear sectors.  He has significant experience in manufacturing process modelling, having led the Rolls-Royce Process Modelling Group for five years.


Managing capabilities for research centres in the UK's manufacturing sector : from literature review to a conceptual framework
Uflewska Olga, Wong T.C., Ward Michael
2nd IEOM European Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, (2018)
Three dimensions of maturity required to achieve future state, technology-enabled manufacturing supply chains
Ward Michael, Halliday Steven, Uflewska Olga, Wong TC
Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, (2017)
Development of technology maturity framework in managing manufacturing improvement for innovation providers
Uflewska Olga, Wong TC, Ward Michael
24th Innovation and Product Development Management Conference, (2017)
The development of a novel standardisation-customisation continuum
Heredia Jimenez Juan Antonio, Whitfield Robert, Ward Michael, Grierson Hilary
ICED17, 21st International Conference on Engineering Design, (2017)
Three dimensions of readiness required to achieve future state, technology enabled manufacturing supply chains
Ward Michael, Halliday Steven
23rd Computer-Aided Production Engineering (CAPE) Conference, pp. 1-6, (2015)

more publications


EMPIR: Metrology for the Factory of the Future
Andonovic, Ivan (Principal Investigator) Rodden, Anthony (Co-investigator) Tachtatzis, Christos (Co-investigator) Ward, Michael (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jun-2018 - 31-May-2021
Interactive Virtual Reality (VR) safety training for Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM)
Ward, Michael (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2018 - 31-May-2018
Luo, Xichun (Principal Investigator) Ward, Michael (Co-investigator) Tamang, Subha Chandra (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2013 - 01-Oct-2017
KTP - Confederation of British Metalforming
Ward, Michael (Principal Investigator) Conway, Alastair (Co-investigator) Laidlaw, Stuart (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Mar-2015 - 28-Feb-2017

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Advanced Forming Research Centre
Advanced Forming Research Centre

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