Professor Baines joins Aston Business School

Professor Tim Baines
Professor Tim Baines
27 October 2010

The Operations & Information Management Group at Aston Business School has further strengthened its team with the appointment of a new member of staff – Professor Tim Baines.

Professor Baines specialises in the realisation of competitive operations. He joins Aston from Cranfield University where he led the Product-Service Systems (PSS) theme of the EPSRC sponsored IMRC (Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre); headed the Manufacturing Systems Centre; and was a co-creator and Technical Director of the Boeing Centre in IVHM (technology systems for asset management). 

“I am looking forward to moving to Aston,” said Professor Baines. He added: “I have a strong association with the region and its history, and I’m keen to make a contribution and impact on industry.”

Professor Baines has experience that covers a wide range of disciplines including manufacturing operations strategy, industrial engineering, and technology management.  His career started with technician apprenticeship training and has progressed through a variety of industrial and academic positions, including that of Visiting Scholar within the Centre for Technology, Policy and Industrial Development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He holds a variety of positions, including membership of EPSRC College of Peers, a Fellow of both the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Institution of Engineers and Technologists, and is a Chartered Engineer.

At Cranfield, Professor Baines led the Product-Service Systems theme of the Cranfield EPSRC / IMRC; a £5 million initiative of almost 40 researchers across the Schools of Science, Engineering and Management.  In support of this role he has recently completed a three month secondment to Caterpillar Inc, USA, where he has worked with CAT dealers and customers to explore the factors leading to the growth and productivity of technology based services.  Professor Baines has a consistent track record of raising both public and private sector funds for his research, working close to industry and winning projects with a combined value in excess of several million pounds.  He is also a co-creator of the Boeing Centre of Excellence in IVHM (£8.5 million largely industry funded initiative), and the Technical Director for technology management within this centre. 

Through his work Professor Baines has produced over 170 research papers, managed a wide range of research staff, and has supervised over 90 post-graduate students to successful completion.  He is also an active contributor to international conferences and workshops, and regularly makes research presentations abroad, especially in the USA.  As to the future at Aston, his personal mission is to continue to develop and deliver excellence and relevance in operations strategy research and education, and to achieve this through working intimately with the world’s leading industrial organisations. 

Award-winning Professor Baines is married to Jo and the couple have a daughter, Jessica. The family live in Cranfield but will soon to moving to an area in Shropshire. His external interests include conservation, classic cars and motorbikes, mountain activities and rock music.

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