Former Rolls-Royce Director appointed to senior advisory post at Strathclyde

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The University of Strathclyde has appointed Professor Hamid Mughal OBE, former Director of Global Manufacturing at Rolls-Royce, as a Special Advisor.

Professor Mughal will advise the University’s Principal, Professor Sir Jim McDonald, on issues relating to Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing.

Professor Mughal is an internationally acclaimed manufacturing leader, with more than 35 years’ experience in the automotive and aerospace Sectors. During this period, he has held senior positions in a number of disciplines, including product engineering, operations management, manufacturing engineering & technology, supply chain management and product development of large-scale programmes.

Sir Jim said: “Hamid has been a tremendous asset to every company he has worked for and to industry in the UK as a whole, and I am delighted he will be joining Strathclyde.

“As a leading international technological university, we have a long and productive relationship with Rolls-Royce, which has led to years of high impact research and many highly qualified graduates who have benefited from the opportunities the company has to offer. We have hosted the only Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) in Scotland, with a focus on Electrical Systems. In recent years, the relationship has deepened with the status of Rolls-Royce as a founding member of our Advanced Forming Research Centre and Hamid has played a significant role in this.

“His vast experience in engineering and leadership will be particularly important to us as the anchor university of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland. His knowledge and advice will help to ensure that academia and industry work together at NMIS to bring both strategic focus and global opportunities to Scottish manufacturing.”

Professor Mughal began his career with various managerial roles in US, UK and Japanese automotive companies before joining Land Rover as General Manager New Product Programmes in 1991. He progressed to becoming the company’s Director of Manufacturing and Product Integration before moving to the BMW Group as Director of Product Programmes.

He then joined Rolls-Royce as Director of Strategy, in which he oversaw the development and roll-out of global operating systems and supply chain operations. In 2006, Hamid became Rolls-Royce's Executive Vice-President of Manufacturing Engineering & Technology, a role in which he led the development and roll-out of multiple modern Manufacturing programmes and strategic partnerships in advanced Manufacturing systems and technologies.

Appointed Director of Global Manufacturing in 2014, Hamid provided overall leadership for the company’s global Manufacturing community and led the development and implementation of its manufacturing strategy.

During his career, he has played a leading role in the advancement of competitive manufacturing by promoting collaborative programmes such as the global network of Advanced Manufacturing Research Centres, cross-sector application of Lean Production Systems, formation of the UK’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult and cross-sector training and leadership programmes for industrial leaders.

Professor Mughal has an Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering, BA in Mathematics and Technology, MSc. in Production Engineering & Management and a Doctorate in Manufacturing Systems. He has also been awarded Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Strathclyde, Hertfordshire, Birmingham and Sheffield.

Professor Mughal is a Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering, of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He is a Board Member of the Unipart Group and Chair of both UKRI’s (UK Research and Innovation) Industrial Advisory Group and Scotland’s Industrial Programme, Making Scotland’s Future. He is also Chair of A*Star Advanced Remanufacturing & Technology Programme Board in Singapore.

Professor Mughal was appointed an OBE in the 2014 New Year Honours List, for services to Innovation, Technology and Manufacturing.