Professor James Gao BSc, MSc, PhD, FIMechE, CEng

Medway Chair of Manufacturing Engineering; Design, Manufacture and Innovative Products Theme Leader

Key details

Professor James Gao

Professor James Gao
BSc, MSc, PhD, FIMechE, CEng

Medway Chair of Manufacturing Engineering; Design, Manufacture and Innovative Products Theme Leader


  • 2006-date: Medway Chair of Manufacturing Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Science, University of Greenwich
  • 1993-2006: Lecturer/Senior lecturer, School of Industrial and Manufacturing Science, Cranfield University (1994-2000; Director of MSc in CAD/CAM)
  • 1989-93: Post-doctoral research fellow, Loughborough University of Technology
  • 1987-89: PhD student, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.

Responsibilities within the university

Recognition

  • Coordinator of a special industrial group in Kent and the surrounding regions in innovative product development and manufacturing
  • Committee member, Consortium of UK Manufacturing Engineering (COMEH)
  • Industrial assessor, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • Associate editor, Proceedings of the IMechE, Part B - Journal of Engineering manufacture.

Editorial board memberships

  • Proceedings of IMechE, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture
  • International Journal of Product Design
  • International Journal of Manufacturing Engineering, Hindawi Publishing Corporation
  • International Journal of Engineering Business Management
  • International Journal of Robotics and CIM, Elsevier
  • International Journal of CAD and Applications

Research / Scholarly interests

Professor James Gao is a world-class academic with an international reputation in manufacturing engineering, particularly in the application of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the manufacturing industry. He has directed a large number of research projects sponsored by research councils and leading manufacturers in manufacturing-related sectors and published over 230 papers in international journals and conferences. Professor Gao is particularly interested in the following research topics:

  • Collaborative product development with global supply chains
  • Manufacturing information and knowledge management
  • Digital manufacturing including CAD/CAM/CAE
  • Product lifecycle management (PLM) including maintenance and services
  • Lean and sustainable manufacturing including quality issues
  • Design for manufacturing and assembly.

For more information about Professor Gao's research and enterprise activities please visit the CiPDM website.

Currently Professor James Gao is the leader of the Greenwich team in a £4m collaborative project funded by the European Commission's Interreg (France Channel Manche England) entitled "Improving The Design of Flexible and Responsive Manufacturing Systems Involving Autonomous Collaborative Robots". He is also the co-leader of the overall project involving four industrial and five academic partners. 

Visit www.corot-project.org for more Information about this project.