Terrence Perera

Professor Terrence Perera

Professor of Computer Simulation


Professor Terrence Perera has a PhD in Operations Planning of Flexible Manufacturing Systems from the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland) and BSc (Hons) Mechanical Engineering from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. He joined Sheffield Hallam University in 1987. He is the Professor of Computer Simulation.

His research interests include Computer Simulation & Supply Chain Management.


When they joined Sheffield Hallam University, Professor Terrence Perera setup Systems Modelling and Integration Research Group. In collaboration with companies such as BAE Systems his group secured 5 research grants from the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). He also developed and managed several Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects in the areas of manufacturing systems design, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Computer Simulation.

Professor Perera is one of the key architects of MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management course, accredited by the Charted Institute of Logistics & Transport, delivered at the university.

Prof Perera is an internationally known consultant in Computer Simulation. His client include His clients include BAE Systems, Siemens, Bosch, Sweden Posten, Sheffield Children Hospital and Fosters Bakery.

During his career at Sheffield Hallam University, Prof Perera has gained extensive academic leadership and management experience through a wide range of roles from Subject Group Leader to Assistant Dean.

Professor Perera has been a Visiting Professor of universities in Malaysia, India, China and Brunei.

In addition to his core research areas, Computer Simulation and Supply Chain Management, he has a strong passion for industrial applications of state-of-the-art technologies such as Big Data Analytics and Industry 4.0.


Department of Engineering and Mathematics

College of Business, Technology and Engineering

MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management 

Modelling and Simulation of Supply Chain

Postgraduate supervision

  • Salem Fadaaq - Framework for improving competitiveness of UAE ports
  • Omar Alshamsi - Integrating Digital Technologies in Emergency Planning and  Management
  • Chow Pow - Enhancing Internship Programme in Malaysia: A Model for Accounting Students
  • Ranjika Gunathilaka - Embedding simulation and optimisation in supply chain design
  • Elishia Loo - Managing efficient and effective pharmaceutical supply chains

  • Mukthar Elbergi -  Simulation Enabled Framework for Improving Supply Chain Performance
  • Dr Banu Callis (Marmara University, Turkey) -  Post Doctoral Project - Simulation of Healthcare Systems

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