Dr Andrew Tobias BSc, PhD, FORS

Dr Andrew Tobias

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Senior Lecturer in Operations Management
Deputy Head of Teaching and Learning (PG)

Contact details

School of Mechanical Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

With some thirty years' experience and in excess of 70 publications in operational research, Andrew specializes in the teaching of systems thinking, operations management, systems engineering, simulation and management information systems at MSc level.


  • PhD in Glass Reinforced Plastics, University of Nottingham 1984
  • BSc in Mechanical Engineering, University of Nottingham 1981


Dr Tobias’ interest in operations management can be traced back to the mid 1980s at Lucas Industries where he first became involved with using discrete simulation and various systems modelling approaches in production engineering. This work had included the design of manufacturing systems, associated business control systems, and interfaces to suppliers and customers - all in the context of very rapid and radical change management.

He moved to the University of Birmingham in 1988 to teach operations management more widely at graduate level and, in the wake of twenty-five years researching systems modelling, now focuses his efforts upon teaching our three MSc programmes: Engineering Management, Operations Management and Project Management.


Postgraduate supervision

Dr Tobias welcomes applications from prospective students interested in reading over one year full time or two part time towards the degrees of:


Dr Tobias now focuses on teaching and administration.

Other activities


Over 70 publications and conference papers etc in the areas of operations management, systems engineering and simulation. Most recently: