Satya Shah

Satya Shah

Professor, Director of Postgraduate and DL Education, Head of Engineering Operations Management (LGS)

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Personal profile

Personal profile


Prof Satya R Shah (SRS) is a Professor of Engineering Management, and Director of Postgraduate and Distance Learning Education, at Royal Holloway, University of London. A multi-disciplinary background of Engineering and Management, with Services and Manufacturing industries, Satya has followed his continuous learning and passion in the areas, and further within International Education and Programme Portfolio development. The current role focusses on driving excellence for educational programmes and wider involvement towards the development of global partnerships and collaborative development by working across international and postgraduate development teams at Royal Holloway. 

Satya has 20+ years of experience on all aspects of educational governance, including operational, strategic, quality, recruitment, student experience, teaching & learning and academic management. His work had been instrumental towards raising the student attrition and retention measures, thus improving overall student performance measures and the school’s conversion ratio from 62% to 92% through his philosophy of “students as partners”. 

Alongside his educational pedagogy and teaching, Satya has also been research active, with five PhD completions, and 110+ research outputs in peer-reviewed journals and IEEE international conferences. The key research and teaching areas are:

Technology and Engineering Management; Engineering Supply Chains; Manufacturing Logistics; Industry 4.0; Sustainable Engineering. 

Satya considers himself an Applied Research Academic (ARA) where he brings his teaching, research practices and theories to life through on and off classroom. Using Management and Business practices, he has supervised more than 120+ projects and theses. A successful Programme Portfolio Specialist successful leadership of design, re-design, develop & delivery of 24+ programme portfolio (UG/PG/DL), including MSc/EngDs in Engineering Management; Global & Specialist MBA's; Logistics and Supply Chain Management; Global Healthcare Management; and 6+ UG/PGT Apprenticeships (Digital Skills; Data Analyst; Engineering, Product Design; CMDA; Logistics). More recently (Nov 21-Sep 22), Satya has led the design, development and management of the UoLW and RHUL Distance Learning Education portfolio for Online Master's Programmes. 

Passionate about recruitment and attainment through involvement in International Development and TNE activities, Satya has led multiple recruitment projects in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Kuwait, Oman, Greece, Romania, Turkey, with a combined market coverage and recruitment numbers of 2000+ students on various university wide programmes. Externally, Satya has been invited as an External Examiner for 30+ portfolio review, institutional, and collaborative events within UK, Finland, Turkey, Germany, UAE, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Malaysia and India for UG/PGT/PGR programmes; and completed five (4year) tenure at UK institutions as Programmes Examiner. 

As a passionate advocate of education, Satya dedicates his free time as Founding Director of a charitable initiative engaging in supporting communities for education/skills-based projects, mainly promotion of “Education for Girls” within rural villages in India.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

External positions

External Examiner, Cranfield University

1 Jan 20191 Apr 2024

Programmes Examiner, University of Manchester

1 Sept 201830 Aug 2022


  • General engineering
  • engineering management
  • Management studies
  • Production & manufacturing engineering
  • Manufacturing systems engineering
  • Strategic management
  • Supply Chain Strategy
  • Digital Strategy

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