Recent research graduates

The following is a selection of recent research graduates of the Department of Management Science.

Edd Berry

Degree: MPhil
Year: 2014
Thesis Title: An Examination of the use of Balanced Scorecards in NHS Acute Hospital organisations

Franklin Fomeni Djeumou

Degree: PhD
Year: 2014
Thesis Title: The Quadratic Knapsack Problem and Related Problems

Maulana Syuhada

Degree: PhD
Year: 2014
Thesis Title: The Value of Information Sharing in a Multi-Echelon Supply Chain: a Simulation Study

Alex Armstrong

Degree:PhD
Year: 2014
Thesis Title: Passenger Rail Pricing and Revenue Management

Emily Cookson

Degree: PhD
Year: 2014
Thesis Title: Models for Air Cargo Revenue Management
First Destination Employer: Virgin Media

Bethan Jones

Degree: PhD
Year: 2014
Thesis Title: Learning about Safety in a Changing High-Reliability Organization
First Destination Employer: University of Liverpool

Liang Wen

Degree: PhD
Year: 2014
Thesis Title: Cost Optimization in Vehicle Routing Problems with Time-Dependent Speeds and Road Toll Pricing.
First Destination Employer: Barclays

Yifei Zhao

Degree: PhD
Year: 2013
Thesis Title: Facility layout under uncertainty: A stochastic programming approach

Thanh-Ha Nguyen

Degree: PhD
Year: 2013
Thesis Title: Essays on Resource Management in Service Enterprises

Luciano Brandao De Souza

Degree: MPhil
Year: 2013
Dissertation title: Critical Assessment of Lean in Healthcare: Empirical Evidence in the NHS

Seb Miller

Degree: PhD
Year: 2013
Thesis Title: Simple Plant Location Problem: Heuristics, Algorithms and Reductions

Taghreed Al-Ghaith

Degree: PhD
Year: 2013
Thesis Title: Stakeholder saliency dynamics in strategic ICT projects in the Saudi public healthcare system: appreciative systems perspective

Chris Wright

Degree: PhD 
Year: 2013
Thesis Title: Complex procurement with complex organisations
First Destination Employer: Sheffield Hallam University

Chris is a Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University in Diagnostic Radiography and health management sciences. He has published two papers from his PhD and aims to write several more in the procurement field. In a parallel project he has developed and commercialised through a joint venture with Papaya UK, 'RadBench', a benchmarking image interpretation product which enables a platfom to study 'return on investment'. As part of a multi-disciplinary team he has also recently secured a research grant to develop fusion between histology and radiological images, as an integrated approacrh to the diagnosis and management of cancer.

Juliana Bonomi Santos

Degree: PhD
Year: 2013
Thesis Title: Operations Management Perspectives on Expert Services
First Destination Employer:Centro Universitario da FEI, Brazil

Devon Barrow

Degree: PhD
Year: 2013
Thesis Title: Active Model Combination - an evaluation and extension of bagging and boosting for time series forecasting
First Destination Employer: Management Science Dept, Lancaster University

Gabriel Mandujano Garcia

Degree: PhD
Year: 2013
Thesis Title: Operations Strategy in Start-Up Organizations

Jochen Schurr

Degree: PhD
Year: 2013
Thesis Title: On Assortment Optimization under Active Learning

Andrey Davydenko

Degree: PhD
Year: 2012
Thesis Title:  Integration of Judgment and Statistical Approaches for Demand Forecasting; Models and Methods

Andrey came to the Department on a full-scholarship with a mathematics degree from Russia and expertise in computer programming. He completed his PhD in forecasting and has written one research paper based on his thesis. He now works for a German software company using his forecasting and programming experience.

Jiani Qian

Degree: PhD
Year 2012
Thesis Title: Fuel Emission Optimization in Vehicle Routing Problems with Time-Varying Speeds

Jiani was supported by the LANCS Initiative and her doctoral work has contributed to the research programme in Green Logistics. She came with an MSc in Operational Research from Edinburgh University and is now working with PingAn Insurance (Group) Company of China. The first paper based on material from her thesis has been accepted for the journal, Networks.

Colin Paterson

Degree: PhD
Year: 2012
Thesis Title: Hybrid Later Transshipments: Reative Stock Rebalancing in Supply Networks

Lixian Qian

Degree: PhD
Year: 2012
Thesis Title: Essays on forecasting demand and preferences for cars in emerging markets: The case of China
First Destination Employer: Business School of Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)

Before coming to Lancaster, he had worked in the field of supply chain management at Intel Corporation and Emerson Electric for five years. During that period, he always encountered management issues due to demand fluctuation in the upstream of the supply chain. He decided to extend his career scope to demand forecasting and hoped to fulfill this transition through pursuing a doctorate degree overseas.

Andrew MacPherson

Degree: PhD
Year: 2012
Thesis Title: On the design of policies for the inspection, repair and replacement of 2-phase systems subject to ageing.  When can error-prone sensors help?

Adrian Fletcher

Degree: PhD
Year: 2012
Thesis Title: Generic Simulation modelling of Accident and Emergency patient flows in acute hospitals in England

Mahmut Boz

Degree: PhD
Year: 2011
Thesis Title: The Genesis of Initiative Formation in Medium-Sized Enterprises: A Capability-Based Perspective on Quality Management Standard-driven IS Development in the Turkish Automotive Industry

Bulut Aslan

Degree: PhD
Year: 2011
Thesis Title: Enterprise Resource Planning Systems: An Assessment of Applicability to Make-To-Order Companies

Bulut Aslan received a LUMS studentship to fund his research into the suitability and impact of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems on high variety manufacturing companies. Bulut completed a large scale survey of users and non-users of ERP systems and followed this up with case studies of three companies to explore the findings of his survey in more depth. Bulut is now a lecturer at Istanbul Bilgi University.

Greg Rogers

Degree: PhD
Year: 2011
Thesis Title: Improving Marketing Decisions Through the Use of Choice Models 
First Destination Employer: Procter & Gamble

Tu-I Jessica Hu

Degree: PhD
Year: 2011
Thesis Title: A behavioural model of the adoption and use of new telecommunications media: the effects of communications scenarios and media product/service attributes

Jessica arrived in the department from Taiwan with a background of Master degree in telecommunications management and Bachelor degree in transportation, communication and management science. Whilst working on her thesis she developed expertise in market research on multi-attribute choice model and consumer behavioural model of the usage of new technology. She also developed expertise in questionnaire design which she used to help study Operational Research Practice across the world. Since completing her PhD she has been carrying out further research writing up the results of her thesis for publication. Whilst in Lancaster she met and married her Spanish mathematician-physicist husband, Ricardo.

Tao Huang

Degree: PhD
Year: 2011
Thesis Title: Forecasting Retailer Product Sales at the UPC Level Using Econometric Models with Promotional Information

Abubakar Yahaya

Degree: PhD
Year: 2011
Thesis Title: Heuristic Approaches to Portfolio Optimization
First Destination Employer: Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria

Yuan Huang

Degree: PhD
Year: 2011
Thesis Title: Workload Control (WLC): Success in Practice

Yuan came to the department after completing her MSc in Supply Engineering & Logistics at Warwick. Her research focused on implementing the Workload Control concept through action research in a high variety manufacturing company before exploring the relevance of the implementation issues she encountered to other companies through cross-sectional interviews. Yuan has published several papers on her PhD research and is now a lecturer at Southampton University.

Dong (Devin) Li - Joint Kingsman Prize 2011 Award Winner and OR Society Runner Up Prize 2011 Winner

Degree: PhD
Year: 2010
Thesis Title: An approximate dynamic programming approach to the scheduling of impatient jobs in a clearing system
First Destination Employer: AVIS Europe

Devin's PhD focused on analyses of a class of stochastic scheduling models concerned with the allocation of scarce resources to a collection of customers who will become unavailable for service at an uncertain point in the future. The goal is to allocate the server to the waiting customers to maximise the mean number served. Conventional dynamic programming (DP) is only available for small problems and special cases. We proposed an approximated dynamic programming approach which rests on the use of a fluid approximation to the stochastic system. This algorithm comfortably beats all the alternative heuristics in the literature.  

After his PhD he worked for Avis Europe plc for two years (2010-2012) as an operational research developer, where he applied the OR techniques, mainly forecasting and mathematical programming, to their revenue management problems. In October 2012 he joined the York Management School, University of York and has been working as a lecturer in Operations Management since then. 

Dominic Duckett

Degree: PhD
Year: 2010
Thesis Title: Zoonosis and the social amplification of risk

Dominic is a social researcher in risk at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen working within the Socio-Economics and Geographical Sciences Group (SEGS) and specialising in social theories of risk particularly as applied to livestock diseases. He joined the institute in 2012 to pursue his interest in the sociology of epidemiological risk and to contribute to the Scottish Government’s Centre for Excellence in Epidemiology, Population Health and Disease Control. Dominic’s focus is on farmer behaviour in relation to animal disease risk. Currently he is investigating technological dimensions of farmer risk management.

Matthias Koenig

Degree: PhD
Year: 2010
Thesis Title: Risk considerations in revenue management

Navid Izady - Joint Kingsman Prize 2011 Award Winner

Degree: PhD
Year: 2010
Thesis Title: On queues with time varying demand
First Destination Employer: Southampton University

Eliot Simangunsong

Degree: PhD
Year: 2010
Thesis Title: Supply chain uncertainty: linking sources of uncertainty and management practices
First Destination Employer: Prasetiya Mulya Business School, Indonesia

Channa Gunawardena

Degree: PhD
Year: 2010
Thesis Title: Donor Project Funded ICT Initiatives in the VTE Sector of Asian Developing Countries: A Systems Study of Strategic & Management Issues

Oliverio Cruz-Mejia

Degree: PhD
Year: 2010
Thesis Title: Merge-in-Transit Supply Chains: Operations Analysis

Qianxin Mu

Degree: PhD
Year: 2010
Thesis Title: Disruption Management in Vehicle Routing and Scheduling

Arne Strauss - Kingsman Prize Award Winner 2010

Degree: PhD
Year: 2010
Thesis Title: Optimisation in Choice-Based Network Revenue Management
First Destination Employer: Lancaster University

Hong Juan Liu

Degree: PhD
Year: 2010
Thesis Title: Customer Profitability Modelling for Direct Marketing of Business Insurance to Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
First Destination Employer: Prudential, Hong Kong

Nikolaos Kourentzes - Kingsman Prize Award Winner 2009

Degree: PhD
Year: 2009
Thesis Title: Input variable selection for time series forecasting with artificial neural networks - an emirical evaluation across varying time series frequencies
First Destination Employer: Lancaster University

Katharina Kinder

Degree: PhD
Year: 2009
Thesis Title: Ubituitous Computing in Industrial Workplaces: Cultural Logics and Theming user contexts
First Destination Employer: Lancaster University

Dong Fang Shi

Degree: PhD
Year: 2009
Thesis Title: Determining the Range of Predictions for Calibrated Agent-Based Simulation Models
First Destination Employer: Bank of China

James Langabeer

Degree: PhD
Year: 2009
Thesis Title: The Diffusion of Operations Reaserch in Management Decision Making: An Analysis of U.S. Healthcare Organisations
First Destination Employer: University of Texas

After spending considerable time travelling through England doing management consultancy, he decided that he wanted to pursue a PhD there. So, instead of looking for programmes near Boston where he was living at the time, he focused a search on the best business schools in England, evaluating the quality of the programmes, the rankings, and the interests of research professors.

Laddawan Kaewkitipong

Degree: PhD
Year: 2009
Thesis Title: E-business adoption and evaluation in Thai tourism SMEs

Syed Ahmad Fuad Syed Abdul Hamid

Degree: PhD
Year: 2009
Thesis Title: Implementation and acceptance of information systems in a developing country - A case study of SMAP implementation in Tenega Nasional Berhad

First Destination Employer: Tenega Nasional Berhad, Malaysia

Abdulrahman Al-Nasser

Degree:PhD
Year: 2009
Thesis Title: A Causal Comparative Study of the Impact of Quality Management Implementation on Organizational Culture

Murat Gunal

Degree: PhD
Year: 2009
Thesis Title: Simulation Modelling for Understanding Performance in Healthcare
First Destination Employer: Turkish Naval Academy

Stavros Asimakopoulos

Degree: PhD
Year: 2008
Thesis Title: A Human Computer Interaction Perspective on Forecasting Systems Design

Joao Minussi

Degree: PhD
Year: 2008
Thesis Title: New Corporate Credit Scoring Models

Konstantinos (Dinos) Kaparis - Joint Kingsman Prize Award Winner 2008

Degree: PhD
Year: 2008
Thesis Title: Knapsack problems: inequalities, separation and heuristics
First Destination Employer: Southamton University

Konstantinos completed the MSc in Operational Research at LUMS before embarking on his PhD. He now lectures at Lancaster.

Daniel Grainger

Degree: PhD
Year: 2008
Thesis Title: Contributions to Quadratic 0-1 Programming
First Destination Employer: Capital One

Kostas Selviaridis - Joint Kingsman Prize Award Winner 2008

Degree: PhD
Year: 2008
Thesis Title: The Process of Service Definition in Third Party Logistics Relationships

Minahi Al-Kahtani

Degree: PhD
Year: 2008
Thesis Title: Using Modified Empathic Design to Improve the Quality of Primary Healthcare Services in Saudi Arabia

Amar Oukil

Degree: PhD
Year: 2008
Thesis Title: Exploiting Sparsity in Vehicle Routing Algorithms

Lan Chen

Degree: PhD
Year: 2008
Thesis Title: High Performance Simulation in Quasi-Continuous Manufacturing Plants

Wang Wang

Degree: PhD
Year: 2008
Thesis Title: Empirical Investigations of Conceptual Modelling and the Modelling Process

Claire Worthington

Degree: PhD
Year: 2007
Thesis Title: A decision support system for modelling the response of police to emergency incidents

David Burnell

Degree: PhD
Year: 2007
Thesis Title: Gains from district meeting: models of final use and leakage in a UK metropolitan area for tactical and strategic application

Hongliang Zhang

Degree: PhD
Year: 2007
Thesis Title: The pathogen construct in project risk analysis

Sheryl Thompson

Degree: PhD
Year: 2007
Thesis Title: ICT adoption of Jamaican SMEs: policy and firm level perspectives on managed interventions.

Nitty Kamarulzaman

Degree: PhD
Year: 2007
Thesis Title: An emperical investigation into the development of e-supply chains in the Malaysian palm oil industry
First Destination Employer: Universiti Putra Malaysia

Evangelos (Vagelis) Tsoukatos - Kingsman Prize Award Winner 2007

Degree: PhD
Year: 2007
Thesis Title: Customer behaviour, service quality and the effects of culture: A quantitative analysis in Greek insurance
First Destination Employer: TEI of Crete - Department of Finance and Insurance

Alexey Artamonov

Degree: PhD
Year: 2007
Thesis Title: Application of Distributed Simulation in Supply Chain
First Destination Employer: RUSAL, Russia

Jenny Hongyan Li

Degree: PhD
Year: 2007
Thesis Title: Capacity Optimization for Supply ChainsFirst Destination Employer: Northeastern University, China

After graduation, Jenny took up a post-doc at Aarhus Univesity, Denmark but also continued her association with Northeastern University, China, She then worked as an associate professor with Northeastern before returning to Aarhus. Her research on the supply chain and revenue management has been published in various journals includingComputers&OR. She comments that the living experience together with the research whilst working “in the beautiful town, and surrounded by lovely people” has taught her to keep a balance between the working and personal aspects of her life.

Adelaide Carvalho

Degree: PhD
Year: 2007
Thesis Title: DotNetSim: NExt Generation Simulation Software
First Destination Employer: IESF - Instituto de Estudos Superiores Financeiros e Fiscais (the Institute for Finance and Tax Studies), Portugal

William Maden

Degree: PhD
Year: 2006
Thesis Title: Models and Heuristic Algorithms for Complex Routing and Scheduling Problems
First Destination Employer: Self employed consultant in logistics modelling

Steve Finlay - Joint Kingsman Prize Award Winner 2006

Degree: PhD
Year: 2006
Thesis Title: Modelling Issues in Credit Scoring

Steve first obtained a BSc in Management Science from Lancaster University and an MSc in IT from Aston, He then spent a few years working for the credit reference agency firm Experian followed by6 two years as the New Products Risk Manager for GUS Home Shopping in Manchester. Steve then took a career break to study for a PhD back at Lancaster, graduating in 2006. Following a post doctoral year in which he published a number of papers in JORS, EJOR and elsewhere as well as  two books on credit, he spent a short time as a consultant, before becoming head of Analytics at HML. Since September 2011 he has been working for HMRC, helping them apply predictive modeling and automated risk assessment across the UK tax system.

Mark Stevenson - Joint Kingsman Prize Award Winner 2006

Degree: PhD
Year: 2006
Thesis Title: Bridging the Gap: Refining a Workload Control Concept
First Destination Employer: Lancaster University

Nicholas Pearson - Kingsman Prize Award Winner 2005

Degree: PhD
Year: 2005
Thesis Title: Minimum Cuts, Circuits and Tours in Planar Graphs
First Destination Employer: University of Southampton

Preeprem Nonthaleerak

Degree: PhD
Year: 2005
Thesis Title: Strengthening Six Sigma for Service Implementations
First Destination Employer: Dhurakit-bundit University

Wing Cheong Tham

Degree:PhD
Year: 2005
Thesis Title: Depot Location-Routing Models Based on a Real Supply Chain Network
First Destination Employer: Melioris, Singapore

Simmy Marwa

Degree: PhD
Year: 2005
Thesis Title: Service Quality Diagnosis and Improvement of Kenya's Insurance Industry
First Destination Employer: Bradford University School of Management

Suzie Ismail

Degree: PhD
Year: 2005
Thesis Title: Algorithmic Approaches to Multiple Time Series Forecasting
First Destination Employer: Universiti Utara Malaysia

Efi Chassioti

Degree: PhD
Year: 2005
Thesis Title: Queueing Models for Call Centres

Eugene Melan

Degree: PhD
Year of award: 2004
Thesis Title: Towards a contingency theory of invervention using system-based methods

Alan Weston

Degree: PhD
Year of award: 2004
Thesis Title: Building and using operational tools associated with time of travel forecasting of pollution in rivers and behaviour analysis of water resource supply systems
First Destination Employer: Environment Agency

Nigel Lockett

Degree: PhD
Year awarded: 2004
Thesis Title: The potential of aggregation for facilitating the engagement of SMEs in E-Business
First Destination Employer: Management Science Dept., Lancaster University Management School

Mike Wright

Degree: PhD (by published work)
Year awarded: 2003
Current Employer: Management Science Dept., Lancaster University Management School

Edgardo Escalante-Vazquez

Degree: PhD
Year awarded: 2003
Thesis Title: A study of variation and defects in manufacturing, with specific application to Mexican Industry
First Destination Employer: Dept. Ing. Industrial, ITESM, Mexico

Umaru Farouk Aminu

Degree: PhD
Year awarded: 2003
Thesis Title: Investigating constraint programming approaches to arc routing
First Destination Employer: Hasson Usman Katsina Polytechnic, Nigeria

Khodakaram (Nasser) Salimifard

Degree: PhD
Year awarded: 2003
Thesis Title: Modelling and Performance Evaluation of Workflows Using Time Hierarchical Petri Nets
First Destination Employer: Persian Gulf University, Iran

Carlos Barbosa Figueiredo

Degree: PhD
Year awarded: 2003
Thesis Title: Forecasting, Monitoring and Stock Control in the Mail Order Environment
First Destination Employer: University of Minho, Portugal

Stephen Barker

Degree: PhD
Year awarded: 2003
Thesis Title: World Class Manufacturing: A Panacea for the Aerospace Sector?
First Destination Employer: Dept. of Power, Propulsion & Aerospace Engineering, Cranfield University