Dr Jonathan D Owens is a proud Welshman and a registered Chartered Engineer with the UK Engineering Council. He left school at sixteen to serve a four year accredited Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship with British Steel® Plc. Later he successfully won a scholarship to read Engineering at the University of Salford.
Post-graduation he was employed as a Research Engineer with Celestica® Limited, a leading global manufacturer of printed circuit boards. During this time his research evolved around Quality Modelling Systems for Surface Mount and Through Hole Technologies.
Jonathan later returned to the University of Salford where he was part of a research team who successfully bid for a £1.25m Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) grant investigating the cost and benefits of integrating current technologies into the NPD process, and how NPD could be understood more effectively and taught in a learning organisation, whether this be industrial or academic. He left Salford in order to take up a Junior Lectureship in Operations Management at Buckinghamshire Business School. He then spent eleven years as a Senior Lecturer in Operations Management at the University of Lincoln
With over twenty five years’ work experience and fifteen of those in academia; he has gained extensive experience of teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels on numerous degree programmes where the Operations Management discipline is involved. In addition, he has travelled widely and subsequently has experience of teaching in Europe and the United States. He currently lectures and researches in the Operations Management discipline within the College of Business and Law.