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Prof Voicu Ion Sucala

Head of Engineering


Telephone: 01392 724046

Extension: (Streatham) 4046

I am the Head of Engineering and Professor in Engineering Management at the University of Exeter since August 2022.

I am vice-chair of the Research, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer committee at Engineering Professors' Council.

I hold a PhD degree in Industrial Engineering (TU Cluj-Napoca) and a PhD degree in Social Sciences (University of Glasgow). I attended Teaching and Learning Studio workshop at, Stanford University in 2019. I am a Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.

Research interest: My research interests are focused on modelling, simulation, digital twinning and optimisation of manufacturing processes, technology innovation and entrepreneurship, industrial organisation management, and engineering education. I am member of the Engineering Management group and I am the lead of Exeter Digital Enterprise Systems (ExDES) laboratory, more details here.

Research projects:       

Automated Coil Bending Tool Innovation Project at Lynch Motors (2022)

Scoping study of the under-stencil cleaning process innovation at ASM Assembly Systems. With Prof Saeema Ahmed-Kristensen and dr Peter Melville-Shreeve (2021-2022)

KTP with Smart Manufacturing ltd to develop and embed the capability to develop a novel Multidisciplinary Design Optimisation solution for the manufacture of complex bespoke manufacturing machinery. With Prof Gavin Tabor and dr Martino Luis. KTP Associate: Yousuf Seyed. (2022-2024)

KTP with Smart Manufacturing ltd to create and implement a dual-production business model and a novel simulation tool to enable the optimisation of multi production manufacturing flows (completed). With dr Baris Yuce. KTP Associate: Sam John Abraham (2019-2021)

Research students: 

Sam John Abraham MPhil in Engineering, co-supervisor dr Martino Luis Thesis title: Design, Development and Validation of a Management Tool for ATEX-compliant Products Systems: a Case Study in an Engineering SME

Linlin Wang PhD in Engineering, funded by China Scholarship Council. Co-supervisors prof Oana Ghita and prof Yanqiu Zhu. Research project: Modelling and Implementation of Digital Twin of Intelligent Manufacturing Factory on Physics Simulation

Rongxu Liu PhD in Engineering, co-supervisor dr Martino Luis. Research project: Application of Industry4.0 Technologies in Project Management 

Haobing Li PhD in Engineering, co-supervisor dr Baris Yuce. Research project: Digital Twinning for Manufacturing Machine Tools

Jianwei Xu PhD in Engineering, funded by China Scholarship Council. First supervisor Dr Dong Wang. Research project: Industry4.0: Digital Hybrid Integrated Manufacturing System and Business Model Research for Additive Manufacturing Orthopaedic Implants

Feel free to email me if you're interested in pursuing a PhD in the area of innovation and Industry4.0 technologies.


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In media:

University of Exeter Engineering forms new partnership with Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology at the University of California, Berkeley

University of Exeter KTP plays key role in the manufacturing process of the new Covid-19 vaccin

KTP helps power production of the new Covid-19 vaccine

Engineering Business Management MSc programme at University of Exeter


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