Mr Michael Miles

Mr Michael Miles

Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering (Education)

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)




BSc Eng (Hons), MPhil

Professional membership

C.Eng., M.I.Mech.E.



Teaching interests

Manufacturing and Business Systems

Quality and Project Management

Supply Chain Management

Waste Measurement



Research interests

Quality and Project Management
Lean manufacturing

Other research

Peer Assessment

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

Successfully supervised five Ph.D. and two M.Phil. Currently supervising one other Ph.D.

  • Venkat Bakthavatchaalam, PhD 2019 "Motivation to conduct research in a rapidly evolving academic environment: a study of Coimbatore’s engineering institutions”
  • Khaled Sherif, PhD, 2010:"Total Quality Management and Construction Project Management in Lybia"
  • Veronica Lattore, PhD, 2009: "The Construction Manager's Influence on Project Success"
  • Rupert Lorraine, MPhil, 2009: "The Development of a Best-Practice Framework for the implementation of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (AMTs) in Low-Technology Enabled Small & Medium Enterprises (LTESMEs)"
  • Craig Woodward, MPhil, 2002: The application of Poka Yoke to administrative functions within an organisation.
  • Joachim Gingele, PhD, 2001: The future structure of Open Management Systems.Restricted Abstract: IoT 51-10772
  • John Bradford, PhD, 2000: The systematic redesign of Manufacturing Systems in Small to Medium Sized Enterprises

Grants & contracts

Teaching Company/KTP programme supervisions :

  • BD Ltd (2010-12 )
  • Rittal CSM Ltd (08 - 10)
  • Algram Group Ltd (06-08)
  • Patronics International Ltd (05-08)
  • Devonshire Pine Ltd (04-05)
  • Dart Valley Systems Ltd (03-05)
  • Teignbridge Propellors Ltd x2 (99-02)
  • Creative Products Ltd (96-98)
  • Patronics Ltd (95-97)
  • Quasar Microwave Technology Ltd (94-96)



AS Virk, J Summerscales, W Hall, SM Grove and ME Miles
The design, manufacture, mechanical testing and numerical modelling of an asymmetric composite crossbow limb Composites Part B: Engineering, 2009, 40(3), 249-257.

Grove S M, Popham E, Miles M, An investigation of the skin/core bond in honeycomb sandwich structures using statistical experimentation techniques, Composites Part A: applied science and manufacturing, Volume 37, Issue 5, May 2006, Pages 804-812. DOI: 10.1016/j.compositesa.2005.07.005

Gingele J, Childe S J, Miles M, 2003, Incorporating links to ISO9001 into manufacturing process models using IDEF9000, International Journal of Production Research, Vol.41 No 13 (10 September) pp3091-3118.

Gingele, J., Miles, M.E., Childe, S.J., (2003). Redesigning operating business processes whilst maintaining ISO 9001 certification. International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Production Management (IEPM 2003), FUCaM and University of Porto, Porto, Portugal, 26-28 May 2003, Vol. II, pp. 558-570.

Gingele, J., Childe, S.J., Miles, M.E., (2003). IDEF9000 - A modelling technique for redesigning business processes controlled by ISO 9001. in: I.P. Tatsiopoulos and V.N. Leopoulos, eds., The 6th SMESME International Conference – Stimulating Manufacturing Excellence in Small and Medium Enterprises, Hellenic Management Association & National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece, 1-3 June 2003, pp. 221-232.

Gingele J, Childe S J, Miles M, 2002, A modeling technique for re-engineering business processes controlled by ISO9001, Computers In Industry, Vol.49, No.3 pp235-251.


Bakthavatchaalam, V.P., Sa, M.J., Baburaj, E and Miles, M. (2020) “Are Female Academics More Research Resilient? Evidence from South India’s Engineering Institutions” In STEM Education for Girls and Women. Breaking Barriers and Exploring Gender Inequality in Asia (148-188). Paris and Bangkok, UNESCO.

Conference Papers


 Bakthavatchaalam, V.P., Miles, M., Sa, M.J. and Machado-Taylor, M.L. (2019) “I don’t want to be an academic anymore! Changing perspectives on the academic profession in South India’s HEIs” EAIR Conference, 25-28 Aug. Leiden, Netherlands.

Bakthavatchaalam, V.P., Miles, M., Sa, M.J., Machado-Taylor, M.L. and Gingele, J. (2019) “Gender and Research Productivity of Academics in South India's HEIs”, ICGR, ACPI. pp.:685-692.

Bakthavatchaalam,V.P., Miles, M., Sa, M.J. and Baburaj, E. (2019) “Gender, Culture and Research Productivity: A quantitative study” [Poster]. 2nd International Conference on Gender Research, 11-12 Apr. 2019, Rome, Italy.

Bakthavatchaalam V.P., Miles M. and Machado-Taylor, M.L. (2018)* “The Influence of Rapidly Changing Higher Educational System on the Academics’ Research Productivity”, CHER Conference,30 Aug – 2 Sept., Moscow, Russia.

Bakthavatchaalam V.P., Miles M. and Machado-Taylor, M.L. (2018)* “Motivation to Conduct Research in a Rapidly Evolving Academic Environment: A study of South Indian engineering institutions”,EAIR Conference, 26-29 Aug. 2018, Budapest, Hungary.

Bakthavatchaalam V.P., Miles M. and Machado-Taylor, M.L. (2018) “Evolution of Coimbatore’s HEIs: Current Challenges and Future Directions”, CEHEC18, 12-13 Apr. 2018, Budapest, Hungary.

Bakthavatchaalam V.P., Miles M., Horodnic I.A. and Machado-Taylor, M.L.(2017) “Research Productivity of Higher Educational Systems inTransition: A Study of Engineering Institutions in Coimbatore, India”**, Mission Responsible: Future ofEducation and Youth Work, 30 Nov-2 Dec., Athens, Greece.

Bakthavatchaalam V.P., Miles M., Horodnic I.A. and Gingele J. (2017) “Influences of Cultural Identities onthe Research Productivity of Academics”**, UNESCO’s World Humanities Conference, 6-12 August,University of Liege, Belgium.

Chuah Y D & Miles M E, A study and improvement of test and measurement industry's supply chain system; 26th International Conference on Robotics, CADCAM and Factories of the Future, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 2011

Davis, L, Miles, M, Riley, M and Pan, W (2010) Developing lean supply in construction. In: Egbu, C (Ed.), 26th Annual ARCOM Conference, Leeds. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 1, 705-13.

James N M, Miles M, Burton C, Ricketts C, Introducing Computer-Aided Peer Assessment (CAPA) in Engineering, The First International Conference on Teaching and Learning through Assessment, Hong Kong, June 2005.

 Woodward C, Miles M, The transfer of Poka Yoke technologies from industrial to administration environments, 17th Conference of the Irish Manufacturing Committee, Galway, August 2000.