Contact Dr Nicky Yates


Nicky joined Cranfield in December 2008. Prior to joining Cranfield, she spent six years working for Unilever and subsequently Birds Eye as a Research Engineer. Her role was split between process development and simulation modelling. Her simulation work involved developing models of numerous systems including pick and place robotic packaging operations and the frozen pea supply chain. Her development work saw her involved in such diverse projects such as, developing a novel processing route for frozen sauces, developing an optimisation tool for formulating recipes and creating and sourcing a product based on partially dried vegetables.

Nicky is a Chemical Engineer by initial training with a PhD in Food Rheology.

Current activities

Nicky is a Senior Lecturer within the Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management. She specialises in teaching subjects related to the modelling of the supply chain; teaching modules on physical network design, simulation and manufacturing on the Full Time and Executive Masters Programmes in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

Her research is also focused in this area, with a wide general interest in the simulation and modelling of supply chains from strategic network optimisation to detailed simulation studies. Nicky has a particular interest in the management of supply chains which handle perishable products such as food or blood.


Nicky has been involved in projects across a range of sectors including blood, food and drink and construction.


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