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Duc Pham

It is hard to imagine that it has been almost two years since I attended the inaugural meeting of the administrative committee of the International School of Materials Science and Engineering (ISMSE) at Wuhan University of Technology (WUT). more

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Readers of this column will remember that the circular economy is a paradigm being considered in the EU-funded Futuring project partnered by our Autonomous Remanufacturing Laboratory and led by colleagues at the University of Patras. more

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Believe it or not, this article is about innovation.  However, before talking about innovation, allow me a diversion. more

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An email from the University’s Centre for Learning and Academic Development (CLAD) arrived recently about a half-day workshop on a methodology to develop and enhance creative and reflective processes. more

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I remember senior colleagues telling me, when I was a young academic, about the golden era of the department. more

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Despite having worked for many years in robotics and automation, a field dedicated to replacing human labour by that of machines, I have so far not caused anyone to lose their livelihoods. more

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CMM readers not working in UK higher education may not be aware that the government is introducing a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). more

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Through the good offices of Professor Francesco Jovane, the doyen of the EU Manufuture initiative, I have become involved in two independent and complementary exercises contributing to EU policy on the future of European manufacturing. more

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Despite my background being in mechanical engineering, I have been working with computers and electronics for most of my career so far to create systems which one might consider to possess some form of “intelligence.” more

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Yes, no, maybe would be my considered response. Let me clarify. more

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Readers of this column might remember an article I wrote a couple of years ago about a systematic creative problem-solving technique invented by the Soviet mechanical engineer Genrich Altshuller more

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A few years ago, as part of our Mechanical Engineering degree programme, I started a series of weekly lectures delivered over one semester by different guest speakers from industry. more

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Through the good offices of Professor Francesco Jovane, the doyen of the EU Manufuture initiative, I have become involved in two independent and complementary exercises contributing to EU policy on the future of European manufacturing. more

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Next week, I will deliver my annual induction talk to our new PhD students, offering them advice on how to succeed in their endeavours. more

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One of the first tasks I undertook at my previous institution in the late 1980s was to set up a new postgraduate Masters programme. more

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It is a fact that international university students make a major contribution to the UK economy and this country has been attracting more new international students each year than any other host nation. more

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We recently moved to a conservation area which, although only a stone throw from the city centre, has an unusually semi-rural character. more

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Many years ago, my colleague Professor Peter Hines at Cardiff Business School led a bid to secure funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to establish an Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre. more

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I first came across, and instantly took to, the Encyclopaedia Britannica when seeing it on display at a fair in Christchurch, New Zealand, many years ago. more

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the first publication of Peter Senge’s The Fifth Discipline, the book that advocates a revolutionary management philosophy and makes the case for creating ‘learning organisations’. more

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At an annual dinner of Cardiff University Innovation Network several years ago, the University gave me a special award for my contribution “to innovation and to the links between university and industry”. more

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Let me start with apologies for the flippancy of my previous column (“How (not) to lead an organisation”, CMM Vol 8 No 2). more

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Recently, the Times Higher Education magazine featured an article on how to lead a university (http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/features/how-to-lead-a-university-a-beginners-guide/2018804.article). more

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Surely, one of the most-often uttered words at UK universities last December must have been “REF”. more

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I am struggling to find the time to write my CMM column — I have been preoccupied with preparing to appear in front of a research grant-awarding panel to try and convince them to fund one of my pet projects. more

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On my second visit to Wuhan University of Technology, my ever-generous host kindly gave me a leather-bound copy of a translation of Sun Tzu’s ‘The Art of War’. more

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When meeting prospective students and their parents, I am often asked these two questions: what distinguishes mechanical engineering from other engineering disciplines and what differentiates between our educational offerings and those of our peers. more

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When I began my academic career as a lecturer in robotics and control engineering at the University of Birmingham, the BBC had just screened a Horizon film titled ‘The Robots Are Coming’ about the increasing use of robots in industry. more

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Earlier this year, I delivered my inaugural lecture in the superb setting of the Manufacturing Engineering Centre in Coventry to an audience of family, friends, colleagues and fellow members of the Royal Academy of Engineering. more

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