Staff profile

Dr Kapila Liyanage

Senior Lecturer in Engineering Management

Dr Kapila Liyanage


Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering


College of Science and Engineering


School of Computing and Engineering




Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



I am a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for the MSc Strategic Engineering Management.  Before joining the University of Derby in 2013, I worked at the University of Strathclyde, the University of the West of Scotland, Warwick Business School and the Open University of Sri Lanka. Throughout my career, I have received achievement awards for outstanding performance in teaching and doctoral supervision. I hold a PhD in Computer Simulation of Manufacturing Systems from the Sheffield Hallam University (UK) and a BSc (Hons) in Physics and Industrial Management from the University of Kelaniya (Sri Lanka). I am also a fellow member of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and a member of the Institution of Engineering Technology (MIET).

My research interests include operations and supply chain management, business improvement, systems modelling & simulation and sustainable operations. I have published a number of articles in reputable Journals and international conferences. I am currently serving as a regular reviewer for leading international journals including the Journal of Cleaner Production, IET Collaborative Intelligent Manufacturing and Sustainability MDPI Journal. I have also served as a technical committee member and acted as session chair for several international conferences and been invited to give Keynote Speech at several international conferences.

Teaching responsibilities



Programme Development:

Designed and developed the following two programmes

Research interests

Note: PhD applications in the above areas or related areas are welcome.

Membership of professional bodies


Undergraduate qualifications

Research qualifications

Recent conferences

Experience in industry

Furthermore, I have been involved in a number of projects. Here are some examples: 

International experience

Conference technical committees

Additional interests and activities

Active Reviewer of the following journals

External Examiner at Lancaster University (from 2022)

Recent publications