Dr Habtom Mebrahtu

Deputy Head of Department

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Engineering and the Built Environment

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Built environment

Habtom is Deputy Head of Department. He has extensive experience of both working and teaching in the engineering industry.

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Habtom holds a PhD in manufacturing simulation and performance optimisation from the University of Bath. He is a fully chartered engineer and member of the UK Engineering Council. Habtom’s research interests include manufacturing simulation and rapid prototyping. He has also worked as a consultant for Ford Motors, Selex, Galileo and Wilkin & Sons.

Research interests

  • Manufacturing simulation
  • Performance optimisation
  • Rapid prototyping


  • PhD Manufacturing Simulation and Performance Optimisation, University of Bath
  • MSc Advanced Manufacturing Systems, Kingston University
  • PGCE Learning & Teaching, Kingston University
  • Chartered Engineer, Engineering Council UK (CEng)

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow, the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member, the Institute of Engineering & Technology (MIET)
  • Committee Member, Essex IET Network
  • Member, the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Computer Aided Engineering and Technology (IJCAET)

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • KTP KEEP supervision
  • Worked on modelling and performance analysis/optimisation of two engine assembly lines for the Ford Motor Company Research Centre
  • Worked on projects with various companies including Ford, Selex Galileo, Calex, Tiptree Jam factory, and Alcan Polymers
  • Developed and set up a full CAD/CAM centre for South East Essex College, 1998
  • Review papers for the IMechE Journal of Engineering Manufacture and the IMechE Journal of Engineering Science
  • Review papers for ICAJET Journal
  • Review papers for the annual Industrial Simulation Conference, organised by the European Simulation Society (Eurosis)
  • Examined PhD and MPhil theses
  • Supervised PhD and MPhil students

Recent presentations and conferences

Mebrahtu, H., Dionysopoulos, T., Mileham, A.M., 2009. Manufacturing Performance Optimisation: The Simulation-Expert Mechanism Approach. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 223(12), pp.1625-1634.

Mebrahtu, H. and Ladbrook, J., 2008. Simulation and Performance Improvement Process at Ford Powertrain Operations. The Industrial Simulation Conference, 9-11 June 2008, Universite de Lyon I, France, pp.126-132.

Mebrahtu, H., Strange, C., Walker, R. and Roman, S., 2006. Simulation Case Study: An Analysis of Reactor Refuelling Lead Time in a Power Plant. Proceedings of the 4th Industrial Simulation Conference 2006, 5-7 June, University of Palmero, Italy, pp.217-222.

Mebrahtu H., Walker, R.W. and Mileham, T., 2004. Performance Enhancement Using an Expert Mechanism in a Manufacturing Simulator. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part B. Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 218(2), pp.245-249.

Mebrahtu, H., Walker, R. and Mileham, A.R., 2004. Knowledge-Based Optimisation in a Manufacturing Simulator. Proceedings of the 21st International Manufacturing Conference (Ireland), 1-3 Sept 2004, University of Limerick, Ireland, pp.243-250.

Mebrahtu, H., Walker, R. and Mileham, A.R., 2004. Automating Part of the Model Verification Process. Proceedings of the 2nd Industrial Simulation Conference, 7-9 September 2004, University of Malaga, Spain, pp.384-388.

Mebrahtu, H., Walker, R. and  Mileham, A.R., 2003. Performance Enhancement Using an Expert Mechanism in a Manufacturing Simulator. Proceedings of 1st Industrial Simulation Conference, University Politecnica De Valencia, Spain, 9-11 June 2003, pp.299-303.