Contact Professor Konstantinos Salonitis

Areas of expertise

  • Advanced Casting Science and Technologies
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Product and Service Design
  • Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Welding and Laser Processing


Professor Konstantinos (Kostas) Salonitis (Dip Eng, MSc, PhD, MBA, PGCAP, CEng FIMechE, FHEA) graduated from University of Patras with a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering in 2001 and was awarded a PhD in Manufacturing Processes in 2006. In 2014 he completed a Master in Business Administration from the Hellenic Open University. He has worked as a Research Engineer at the University of Patras in a number of research projects funded by the CEU. He has participated in more than 10 European Commission funded projects as Project Manager or Technical Site Manager.

From 2006 to 2010, Kostas was the Project Manager of an FP6 integrated project (FUTURA - on multi-functional materials processing for the automotive industry.

He joined Cranfield University in February 2012 as a Lecturer in Manufacturing Systems, progressing to Senior Lecturer in October 2015 and Reader in October 2017. He was appointed a Professor of Manufacturing Systems on October 2019. Kostas has published more than 200 research papers in major international journals and internationally referred conferences and authored two books. 

Kostas was a Research Affiliate of the CIRP (2007-2013), he is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the IMechE and a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece.  He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research opportunities

- Simulation and modelling of manufacturing systems and processes

- Sustainability of manufacturing

- Lean thinking and implementation

Current activities

Professor Salonitis current research interests include:

- Simulation and modelling of manufacturing processes and systems
- Energy efficiency of manufacturing processes and systems 
- Environmental impact assessment of manufacturing processes
- Lean manufacturing and management.
Currently, he is the co-investigator in 2 EPSRC projects (EP/P012272/1 & EP/M013863/1), 1 Horizon 2020 project (“Score board of competitiveness of European transport manufacturing industries” project id: 724112), he is the KTP academic supervisor (KTP 009855) and co-investigator in one Newton Fund project for Industry Academia Partnership Programme with Universidad Industrial de Santander, Colombia.  He is the head of Sustainable Manufacturing Systems Centre and supervises 11 phd students.

He has successfully completed the supervision of over 70 PhD and MSc students and has published over 200 research papers in refereed academic journals and conference proceedings. He serves in the editorial board of 4 international journals and has participated in several scientific committees of international conferences and workshops. He is the associate editor for Journal of Manufacturing Systems.

As the Director of the Manufacturing Systems and management Masters programme, he is responsible for Masters students across 5 MSc courses. He is the course director for Aerospace Manufacturing Masters.  He currently lectures Operations Management, Management Science, Lean Manufacturing and Manufacturing processes modelling.


Funding bodies: European Commission (FP5, FP6, FP7, Horizon 2020), EPSRC, Innovate UK

Industrial partners:  Safran Landing Gears, BD, Saint-Gobain Pam, Prima Industries, Daimler, Volvo, CRF, Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Ross Ceramics, QiOptic, Quality Furniture Company, METKA, Midland Lead, Alto Ltd, Haddonstone Ltd

Other Universities: Durham University, Open University, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Jiangsu University


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