Dr Muhammad Khan

Job Title

Senior Lecturer in Engineering Management

Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
School School of Engineering
Subject(s) Engineering Management 
Tel 01902 321756

Dr Muhammad Khan

Dr Muhammad Khan is a dynamic researcher, educator and innovation consultant.

He holds a first-class honours Masters of Engineering (MEng) degree in Computer-Aided Mechanical Engineering from Kings College London and a PhD from Cranfield University. He has previously worked at BAE Systems and has collaborated with many organisations, including Rolls-Royce, Airbus, VW and Indesit to improve their design processes.


Dr Khan has gained an international reputation for his expertise in lean product development and set-based concurrent engineering, and has published several journal and conference papers related to his research.

  • Lean Thinking
  • Process Improvement
  • Lean Product Development
  • Managing the design process
  • Innovation Management
  • Product and Service Design
  • Project Management
  • Systems Engineering
  • Knowledge Management
  • Design Strategies
  • Ethics for engineers & the impact of engineering
  • Customer Value
  • Lean Product Development
  • Set-Based Design/ Set-Based Concurrent Engineering (SBCE)
  • Design Thinking and Design Strategies
  • Process improvement in Engineering
  • Process improvement in other disciplines (e.g. Healthcare) 

2014  Khan, M.S., Al-Ashaab, A., Shehab, E., Kerga, E., Martin, C. and Ewers, P., 2015. Define value: applying the first lean principle to product development. International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering, 21(1), pp.1-30.


2013  Al-Ashaab, A., Golob, M., Attia, U.M., Khan, M., Parsons, J., Andino, A., Perez, A., Guzman, P., Onecha, A., Kesavamoorthy, S. and Martinez, G., 2013. The transformation of product development process into lean environment using set-based concurrent engineering: A case study from an aerospace industry. Concurrent Engineering, 21(4), pp.268-285.


2012  Cabello, A., Flores, K., Flores, M., Khan, M. S. and Al-Ashaab, A., 2012, An

analysis of methods to achieve conceptual robustness for lean product

development, 18th International ICE Conference on Engineering,

Technology and Innovation, 18 - 20 June 2012, Munich (pp. 1-10). IEEE.


2012  Kerga, E. T., Blázquez, A. and Khan, M. S., 2012, "Advanced process planning in lean product and process development", 18th International ICE

Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation, 18-20 June,

Munich (pp. 1-13), IEEE.


2011  Khan, M.S., Al-Ashaab, A., Shehab, E., Haque, B., Ewers, P., Sorli, M. and Sopelana, A., 2013. Towards lean product and process development. International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing, 26(12), pp.1105-1116.


2011  Khan, M., Al-Ashaab, A., Doultsinou, A., Shehab, E., Ewers, P. and Sulowski,

R., 2011, Set-Based Concurrent Engineering process within the LeanPPD

environment, 18th ISPE Conference on Concurrent Engineering, Vol. 6, 04

- 08 July 2011, Massachusetts (pp. 433-440), Springer London.


2010  Al-Ashaab, A., Flores, M., Khan, M. S., Maksimovic, M., Alam, R., Shehab, E.,

Doultsinou, A. and Sopelana, A., 2010, The Industrial requirements of KBE

for the LeanPPD model, International Conference of Advances in

Production Management Systems, 11 - 13 October 2010, (APMS 2010) Como, Italy.



Articles (in-progress)


Khan, M. S., Al-Ashaab, A. and Shehab, E. (2018), “A set-based process model for lean product development”, Journal of Engineering Design.


Khan, M. S., Oyekan, J., Al-Ashaab, A. and Golob, M. (2018), “Developing a knowledge-shelf to support set-based design”, Journal of Engineering Informatics.