Professor Mark Jolly has been appointed Director of Manufacturing at Cranfield University. He will take up the post on 1st August 2019.

Professor Jolly joined Cranfield in 2012 as Professor of Sustainable Manufacturing, working closely with clients such as Coca-Cola Enterprises (Europe), Cast Metals Federation (CMF), Depuy-Synthes (J&J), Rolls-Royce, GKN, Tata Steel and St Gobain. Before becoming interim Director of Manufacturing earlier this year, Professor Jolly was head of Cranfield University’s Sustainable Manufacturing Systems Centre.

Professor Helen Atkinson CBE FREng, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Aerospace, Transport Systems and Manufacturing) at Cranfield University, said:

“Professor Jolly has a strong reputation in manufacturing and materials both nationally and internationally and brings a special combination of industrial and academic experience. I very much look forward to working with him, as we build on Cranfield’s excellent reputation in manufacturing education and research.”

Professor Mark Jolly, Professor of Sustainable Manufacturing at Cranfield University, said:

“I look forward to building on the work of the Cranfield Manufacturing team. At Cranfield we have a strong track record of delivering leading education programmes and research for our students and for our clients. Our triple joint degree course and Mastership - master’s-level apprenticeship – programme, are fantastic example of innovative educational models that meet the needs of students and business.

“Cranfield has a strong reputation for helping businesses embrace both Industry 4.0 and the Circular Economy and it is one I am looking forward to helping grow further.”

Professor Jolly is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Environmentalist, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and a Fellow of the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers. He is currently Co-Director of the EPSRC-funded Centre of Doctoral Training in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing which is run in collaboration with the Universities of Warwick and Exeter.

He is also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Founders and a Freeman of the City of London.

Manufacturing at Cranfield

We provide world-class and niche research, education, training and consultancy in manufacturing and play a key role in ensuring that the UK remains at the cutting edge of manufacturing research.

We are unique in our multi-disciplinary approach by bringing together design, technology and management insight. We are a driving force for both the rapid growth of established areas of manufacturing expertise and the development of new research areas.

Research partnerships are undertaken with more than 500 organisations of all sizes and disciplines and industry advisory panels ensure our graduates move seamlessly from the academic world into the world of work and provide skills the sector needs.


Our world-class facilities include the Ultra Precision Machining Laboratory, which houses a range of ultra-precision diamond turning machines and is the UK's national facility for large x-ray optics manufacture.

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