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Sarah Mountney

Dr Sara Mountney

Senior Lecturer, Engineering Management


Sara's interests and expertise sit at the intersection of engineering and management, developed through ten years of manufacturing and operational process improvement in a variety of industries, primarily aerospace. Having always had a particular interest in the management of the engineering design process, she returned to higher education in 2004 with research at Cranfield University, leading to a PhD award in 2010. She is now responsible for delivering a number of engineering management-related modules to our undergraduate and postgraduate engineering students. Sara is also the Course Leader for the MSc in Advanced Engineering and Management.

  • About


    1989-1993: B.Eng(hons) Aerospace Engineering, University of Hertfordshire
    1992-1994: M.Eng in Engineering, University of Hertfordshire.
    2009: PhD, Cranfield University / Rolls-Royce PLC.
    2011: Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Sheffield Hallam University

    Industrial Experience

    1994-1996: Teaching Company Associate with Warwick Business School.

    Project work to increase productivity and reduce lead times, including improvements to MRP planning and scheduling, implementation of customer performance measures and leading a quality improvement team.

    1996-1998: Manufacturing Engineer, Dunlop Aviation

    Support and ongoing improvement activities for the rotational and prismatic manufacturing cells within the Braking Systems module.

    1998 - 2004: Business Consultant, CSC

    Certified SAP Implementation Consultant specialising in Materials Management and Production Planning modules. Implementation, upgrade and support activities for a range of clients, including utilities, manufacturing and FMCGs.

    Specialist areas of interest

    Servitization; Engineering Knowledge Management, Six Sigma.

  • Teaching

    Department of Engineering and Mathematics

    Business, Technology and Enterprise

    Management, Logistics and Supply Chain / Industrial Collaborative Engineering

    All MEng / BEng undergraduate courses

    Level 5: Process Improvement and Lean Manufacturing; Engineering Business Systems.

    Level 6: Project and Quality Management; Railway Engineering Management; Design and Innovation Management; Quality Engineering.
    Level 7: Lean Operations and Six Sigma

  • Research

    Productization in Servitization

    Servitization is the transformation of organisations from being primarily product-focused to offering a package of products and services as an overall offering addressing the customer's need. This has implications throughout the engineering sector. Current research is based on the reverse continuum of this: service-based engineering companies moving into product development and manufacturing, again with a view to an overall offering to meet the customer's need. Such companies are unusual and their motivations worthy of further investigation.

    2004-2007: Doctoral research student, Cranfield University

    PhD Thesis title
    Acquisition and Sharing of Innovative Manufacturing Knowledge for Preliminary Design

    This research investigated how the knowledge associated with new manufacturing processes can be effectively identified, acquired and shared between designers and manufacturing engineers, during the preliminary stage of design. The specific case studied was the development of gas turbine engines. A workshop-based methodology to identify and capture the required knowledge was developed and tested within the company using three components.

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Asthana, A., Mukherjee, S., Mountney, S., & Griffiths, R. (2017). Experimental Validation of the Structural Integrity of Modular Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine Blades. Proceedings, 1 (7), 694.

    Mountney, S., Asthana, A., Mohammed, K., & Almond, M. (2016). A preliminary investigation of the reserve service continuum. Universia Business Review, 49, 116-131.

    Conference papers

    Mountney, S. (2018). Servitisation or Productisation? Two cases of service-based SMEs moving into manufacturing. In Bigdeli, A., Frandsen, T., Raja, J., & Baines, T. (Eds.) The Spring Servitization Conference 2018: Driving Competitiveness through Servitization, (pp. 180-188). Frederiksberg, Denmark: Copenhagen Business School, CBS

    Moradlou, H., Sawhney, R., Backhouse, C.J., & Mountney, S. (2017). Investigation on Additive Manufacturing as an enabler for reshoring manufacturing activities. In EurOMA Conference 2017, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1 July 2017 - 5 July 2017.

    Mountney, S., Asthana, A., Mohammad, K., & Almond, M. (2015). Why would a service-based SME add manufacturing capability? In 4th International Conference in Business Servitization (ICBS 2015), Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain, 19 November 2015 - 20 November 2015.

    Mountney, S., Roy, R., & Gao, J. (2011). Acquiring innovative manufacturing engineering knowledge for the preliminary design of complex mechanical components. Global Product Development - Proceedings of the 20th CIRP Design Conference, 457-464.

    Mountney, S.L., Gao, J.X., & Wiseall, S. (2007). A knowledge system to support manufacturing knowledge during preliminary design. International Journal of Production Research, 45 (7), 1521-1537.

    Mountney, S., & Rawlinson, P. From 'guys writing software' to PSS: the progression of an SME. Servitization: Shift, Transform, Grow. Proceedings of the Spring Servitization Conference, 16-17 May 2016, 199.

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