Duc Pham

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

Dec 6, 2017 9:57 PM duc pham blog

A Museum for Learning

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

Oct 18, 2017 12:00 PM Duc Pham's blog

Serious Play

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

Sep 15, 2017 11:21 AM Duc Pham's blog

Academia and I

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

Jul 26, 2017 11:06 AM Duc Pham's blog


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

May 23, 2017 10:08 AM Duc Pham's blog

TEFinitely Sensible Lords

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

Mar 29, 2017 8:50 AM Duc Pham's blog

Manufacturing 2030

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

Dec 8, 2016 9:42 AM Duc Pham's blog

Could a Little Technology be a Dangerous Thing?

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

Jul 28, 2016 9:45 PM Duc Pham's blog

Giving our Next-Generation Engineers a Synoptic View of Industry

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

Feb 17, 2017 11:49 AM Duc Pham's blog 1 Comments

Manufacturing 2030

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

Dec 8, 2016 9:42 AM Duc Pham's blog

The Secret of Highly-Effective Doctoral Researchers

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

Oct 18, 2016 4:28 PM Duc Pham's blog

A Tale of Three Masters

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

Sep 7, 2016 4:43 PM Duc Pham's blog

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

May 17, 2016 4:35 PM duc pham blog

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

Mar 30, 2016 9:24 AM duc pham blog

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

Feb 11, 2016 10:01 AM duc pham blog

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

Oct 16, 2015 3:20 PM duc pham blog

The Laws of The Fifth Discipline

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

Sep 29, 2015 4:21 PM Duc Pham's blog

What does one and one make?

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

Aug 27, 2015 10:20 AM Duc Pham's blog

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

May 26, 2015 2:55 PM duc pham blog

How (Not) to Lead an Organisation

Recently, the Times Higher Education magazine featured an article on how to lead a university ( more

Apr 10, 2015 2:26 PM Duc Pham's blog

Zen and the Art of Excelling in Research Quality Assessment

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

Mar 6, 2015 4:19 PM Duc Pham's blog

How to Have Our Cake and Eat It

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

Dec 14, 2014 2:40 PM Duc Pham's blog

Sun Tzu and the Lesson of the Concubines

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

Sep 24, 2014 4:31 PM Duc Pham's blog 1 Comments

Mechanical Engineering: Better by Design

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

Jun 5, 2014 2:26 PM Duc Pham's blog

The Fourth Law of Robotics (or The Robots Are Staying)

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

Feb 10, 2014 12:50 PM Duc Pham's blog

What do the Lotus, Tony the Estate Agent and Cliff Richard Have in Common?

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

Nov 21, 2013 3:30 PM Duc Pham's blog

Do Cars Have a Soul?

I am really proud that, for a number of years, we have been able to give students in Part 2 of our Mechanical Engineering degree programmes what can only be described as a unique educational experience. more

Aug 6, 2013 3:45 PM Duc Pham's blog

The Mystery of Mastery

While helping me with research for a forthcoming talk on robotics, my research team came across the recent article “Chess and 18th Century artificial intelligence” by Adam Gopnik, an American commentator and a staff-writer for The New Yorker. more

Mar 28, 2013 11:46 AM Duc Pham's blog 1 Comments