Dr Mikela Chatzimichailidou MEng MSc FSaRS CEng MIET

I am a heretical researcher of all things technical and a consulting engineer bringing together experience and expertise from across healthcare, aviation, rail and infrastructure; in the fields of system engineering, product engineering, system and safety assurance and project management. I have been leading research and consulting assignments for more than a decade both in academia for some of the world’s top universities, and in industry for a world class design and built environment consultancy.

During my career I have worked in both hands-on R&D roles, consultancy and design roles and as a project manager, leading others to deliver client objectives and cutting-edge academic research. My offering is that I bring experience of both the academic and industrial worlds, am able to bridge the gap and draw the best from each. My core skills are: complex, integrated socio-technical systems; systems safety and engineering; multidisciplinary design assurance; and, project engineering.

“SaRS changed my life and so it can change yours!”

Currently, I am a Systems Assurance Engineer and a Team Leader at WSP (UK) and a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University (UK) and Imperial College London (UK). I was awarded my PhD in Complex Systems Safety and Human Factors, as well as my MSc in Systems Engineering Management from Democritus University of Thrace (GR) where I also did my MEng as a Mechanical Engineer. As a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Cambridge (UK) I worked on Patient Safety for a year in collaboration with the NHS. During my three years at Imperial College London (UK), Department of Civil Engineering, I led versatile projects ranging from systems safety and human factors to complexity management and systems engineering in transportation and infrastructure.

I have published a book on Project and Risk Management, a best practice report with Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network (UK), 20 peer reviewed papers to international journals and over 40 conference papers. I am a reviewer in numerous international journals, such as Accident Analysis & Prevention, Safety Science and Risk Analysis etc., and conferences.

I was introduced to SaRS by a colleague back in 2016 and while I was looking for a relatively small but dynamic society to become part of and get to know industry experts from the field of systems safety. Since then, I have been attending all the London Branch events, I organised four in collaboration with Imperial College and WSP, and in 2018 I was invited to give a talk. In 2018 I was awarded the Fellowship (FSaRS) and between 2018 and 2020 I served as a London Brach Committee member. Recently, I was the Guest Editor for a special issue of the Safety and Reliability Journal, which attracted attention from industry and academia and from many different sectors and countries around the world. In 2020 I was invited to join the SaRS National Council, having as an aim to engage more early-career engineers and create stronger links between academia, industry and SaRS.

SaRS changed my life and so it can change yours!