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Personal Statement

Dr Tariq Masood is passionate about design, operations and innovation policy topics related to smart factories, Industry 4.0 technology adoption, system design, process & change management, manufacturing systems, through-life engineering service systems, smart grids, and global challenges addressing UN Sustainable Development Goals. He has published numerous book chapters, conference papers (e.g. in European Operations Management Association series) and articles in leading journals (e.g. Science Robotics, Robotics & Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Journal of Manufacturing Systems, International Journal of Production Research, Computers in Industry, Computers & Industrial Engineering, International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing, and Production Planning & Control).

Dr Masood sits on the editorial advisory boards of "IET Collaborative Intelligent Manufacturing", "Cobot" and "Digital Twin" journals. He is also an academic editor of PeerJ Computer Science journal. During 2015-16, he founded a research programme on Industrial Systems of the Future, and a global network on Disaster Resilient Operations (DROPS), both at the University of Cambridge. Both initiatives have left legacies. These programmes have also been instrumental in successfully producing impact and several high calibre research students. Dr Masood was also a co-founder and an Interest Group Champion at Cambridge Global Challenges Strategic Research Initiative.

Prior to this, Dr Masood has worked at University of Cambridge, Rolls-Royce, Cranfield University and Loughborough University. He has a PhD in Reconfigurable Manufacturing from Loughborough University.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Engineering, Loughborough University

External positions

External Examiner - MSc Management and Information Systems, Cranfield University

Feb 2024 → …

Member, UKRI Talent Peer Review College

Mar 2023 → …

External Examiner - MSc Smart Manufacturing, Birmingham City University

Sept 2022 → …

Member, EPSRC Peer Review College

Jul 2021 → …

Associate Chief Advisor - Cobot journal, F1000, Taylor & Francis Group

Jul 2021 → …

Advisor of the Digital Twin International Advisory Committee - Digital Twin journal, The Digital Twin International Advisory Committee

Apr 2021 → …

Topical Advisory Panel Member, Energies journal

2021 → …

Academic Editor - PeerJ Computer Science journal, PeerJ

Oct 2020 → …

Advisory Board Member - IET Collaborative Intelligent Manufacturing journal, IET - The Institution of Engineering and Technology

Jul 2019 → …


  • Industry 4.0
  • Digital Manufacturing
  • Digital Twins
  • Robotics
  • Augmented Reality
  • Virtual Reality
  • System Design
  • Resilience
  • Change-ability


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