Professor Konstantinos (Kostas) Salonitis (Dip Eng, MSc, PhD, MBA, MEd, 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. He has since completed a Master in Business Administration and a Master in Education (Adult learning). 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.
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 in October 2019. Kostas has published more than 250 research papers in major international journals and internationally referred conferences and authored two books. He has supervised more than 20 PhD students to completion.
His current research focus is on the sustainability of manufacturing systems and processes, the design and optimization of manufacturing systems, and the use of lean and green approaches for managing manufacturing. He is currently Cranfield University PI on an ATI project (total budget of £15.9M), an IETF project (total budget of £365K) and the deputy director of the TransFIRE Hub (total budget of £4.7M).
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. He is the vice-chair of Manufacturing Industries Division at IMechE and will become the Chair from July 2022. He is a visiting professor at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and at Jiangsu University.