Professor Kiran Fernandes (https://www.dur.ac.uk/directory/profile/?id=11444) is the Chair of the Operations Management Group and a Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute. He is also a Fellow of the interdisciplinary York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis (YCCSA). He holds a PhD in Operations Management and Systems from the University of Warwick; a Masters (MS) from the James Worth Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University (MSU) and a Bachelors of Engineering (Hons) degree in Production from Waltech. Prior to his current role, Professor Fernandes worked as the Pro-Dean for Research and Head of the Operations Management Group at The University of York. He started his academic career as an EPSRC Senior Research Fellow at the University of Warwick. He worked as a sub-systems engineer at the NASA - John C. Stennis Space Centre working for the Late Tom Cobb (Product Director for the Space Shuttle Main Engine Program). Working at NASA also allowed him to complete a professional program from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Professor Fernandes works with UK and International companies on modelling complex business domains ranging from operational processes to strategic decisions. Using a complex systems lens he has worked with construction, pharmaceutical, biotech and digital firms. His research has been funded by prestigious and competitive funding bodies like the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Department for Business Innovation and Skills, Economic and Social Research Council, Sun Microsystems, Chongqing Foreign Trade & Economic Relations Commission, Yorkshire Forward, Royal Academy of Engineering, British Council and Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
He has published widely in the area of operations management and sits on the editorial board of a number of top journals in the area. Professor Fernandes is a Chartered Engineer and advises a number of companies both nationally and internationally.