Graham Tranfield graduated with a BSc in Physics from Birmingham University in 1971 and a PhD from Warwick University in 1975.
After a brief spell teaching Physics at Ahmadu Bello University in Northern Nigeria in 1976 he joined the Cripps Computing Centre at Nottingham University from 1977-81 providing support for computing activities in academic research.
He later moved on to Systems Programming International Ltd in 1981 working on financial applications, and from there he joined Production Engineering Research Association where he worked on and eventually lead the team developing the 4W factory scheduling system.
In 1985 he joined the Manufacturing Engineering Department at Nottingham Trent University where he became the Course Leader for BSc Industrial Management and later for MSc Multimedia Engineering. After transferring to the Computing Department he became the Postgraduate Programmes Manager until 2012, when he took partial retirement but retains course leadership of MSc Interactive Media Engineering.
Throughout his academic career, he has maintained close ties with industry through the Knowledge Transfer Programme (formerly Teaching Company Scheme). More recently he has become interested in the management and analysis of scientific data and is collaborating with the Laser-Plasmon research group and the Imaging Science research group.