Contact Dr Ip-Shing Fan

Areas of expertise

  • Aerospace Manufacturing
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Aviation Management & Operations
  • Defence manufacturing
  • Industrial Automation
  • Industrial Ergonomics and Human Factors
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Product and Service Design
  • Throughlife Engineering Services


Fan was born and studied in Hong Kong, graduated with First Class Honours in Industrial Engineering. He completed his graduate engineer training at Qualidux Industrial Co Ltd in Hong Kong. He was awarded the Commonwealth Scholarship and completed his PhD in Computer Integrated Manufacturing in Cranfield. After returning to Hong Kong, he worked as CADCAM Manager in Qualidux Industrial Co Ltd, responsible for the introduction of CAD, CAM and CNC in plastic injection design and engineering.

In 1990, Fan started to work in The CIM Institute, endowed by IBM in Cranfield, to carry out research, education and consultancy in new applications of computers in manufacturing. He led many European and UK funded research programmes to create new tools and methods in knowledge based engineering design, business performance, quality management, supply chain, and complexity science.

The complex dynamics of people factor in technology implementation prompted him to create an European research consortium fort the Framework 5 research project BEST - Better Enterprise System Implementation. The 12 partners, €4 million project created a body of knowledge that Fan worked to translate into Masters level teaching curriculum. The holistic thinking also influence research developments that brings together business, technology and organisation factors.

Current activities

Dr Ip-Shing Fan has a passion to understand the underlying reasons and develop better approaches to help organisations work more effectively. He looks to the world with a socio-technical lens to explore the complex interactions between people systems and technology systems. The knowledge span includes system engineering, business process analysis, quality and performance management system, organisation design and behaviour, technology induced change, human psychology and motivation. The application domains include aerospace, engineering, manufacturing, business services, IT, education, health, local government. He has a research team investigating the interaction between new development in information systems and changes in management concepts that need to use the large volume of immediately available data for evidence based real time decision making. A number of projects are looking at new organisation models in education and public sector improvements. Since 2010, Fan spends time in the IVHM Centre to lead the Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) Design System project. This has delivered industry relevant solutions to partners and applied projects with tools to carry out Cost Benefits Analysis and design methods and tools to add IVHM capability in Unmanned Air Vehicles. He is the Course Director of the MSc in Management and Information Systems in Cranfield University, developing postgraduates who would understand the interaction between IT, organisation and people behaviour. Fan is the Chairman of the Bedford Branch of BCS, and sits on the BCS Council. He is also a member of the IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing) Working Group 5.8 on Enterprise Interoperability.


He works with a wide range of engineering, IT and non-business organisations, including:

  • The Boeing Company
  • BAE Systems
  • EADS
  • Interserve Plc
  • Meggitt Systems
  • Milton Keynes Borough Council
  • MOD
  • Nissan
  • Pitney Bowes Ltd
  • Rolls-Royce
  • SAP
Fan is experienced in forming industrial companies into consortia and win public funding from the European Commission, UK research council, Department of Trade and Industry and other sources for research and technology transfer.


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