Ms Alexandra Pfeiffer

Ms Alexandra Pfeiffer

Doctoral Researcher




I am a doctoral researcher in the department of Engineering Systems and Management. My research addresses the problem of the lack of supply chain strategies in an emerging market by focusing on supply uncertainties and risks which often prevent novel energy solutions from being implemented and commercialised. The aim of this research is to gain a better understanding of the supply uncertainties and risks in an emerging supply chain for a novel technology using energy from waste and bioenergy as a case.

  • Supervisor: Dr Louise Knight
  • Associate Supervisor: Dr Aristides Matopoulos

I am the president of the Aston Postgraduate Research Society (APRS) and the APRS representative for Engineering and Applied Sciences (EAS). I am also the school representative for all post-graduate research students in EAS.

Qualifications and Education 

  • MSc with Distinction in Industrial Enterprise Management, Aston University, 2012 (accredited by CMI)
  • BEng in Mechanical Engineering, Georg-Simon-Ohm University of Applied Sciences, 2011


  • 2012: MSc Researcher, SPX Corporation, Germany
As part of my MSc I completed a research project with the topic: "Strategic Market Analysis of Power to Gas as an Innovation Opportunity in a Business Environment Using an Action Research Approach". The research was undertaken for Balcke-Dürr GmbH which is part of SPX Corporation.

  • 2007-2011: Participant in Work Study Programme, Siemens Energy, Germany 

The work study programme consisted of a BEng in Mechanical Engineering and an apprenticeship as an Industrial Mechanic which is accredited by the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK). Additionally, a six month placement semester and several shorter internship periods were included in the programme. My BEng final year project was also part of my work at Siemens Energy and had the following title: "Technologic-Economic Comparison of Austenitic and Ferritic Steels and Their Usage in Tube Bundle Heat Exchangers in Power Plants".

 Research Activity 

  • Supply Risks and Uncertainties
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Innovation
  • New Product Development
  • Energy from Waste, Bioenergy
  • Emerging Markets and Supply Chains
  • Energy Solutions

If you are interested in any of the areas above and would like to share ideas or require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me via email or LinkedIn.