Biography

Dr Tomás Harrington is Associate Professor in Digitalisation and Operations Management within the Innovation, Technology and Operations Management Group at Norwich Business School. Prior to joining the Faculty of Social Sciences at UEA in August 2017, Tomás spent eight years at the University of Cambridge, Institute for Manufacturing (IfM).

His research focuses on industrial systems transformation, enabled by the adoption of advanced manufacturing and digital technologies. In this domain, he has co-developed a number of successful grant proposals and led a series of research programmes and workpackages at Cambridge: CMAC EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation - £6 million initial funding (2011-2017); CMAC Future Manufacturing Research Hub - £10 million initial funding (2017-2021); ReMediES BIS Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative in Reconfiguring Medicines E2E Supply - £11 million initial funding (2014-2018); EIT Food European Institute of Innovation and Technology Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) in Food - €400 million total funding (2016-2023). Industry matched funding for these research programmes is estimated to be > £150 million.  

At UEA, Tomás continues to collaborate with the University of Cambridge as a Co-Investigator on the supply chain element of a successful bid he helped co-develop in 2016. TIGR2ESS: Transforming India’s Green Revolution by Research and Empowerment for Sustainable food Supplies is supported by the BBSRC/RCUK Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) in 'Growing Research Capability to meet the challenges faced by developing countries' - £7.8 million initial funding (2017-2021).

In terms of practice outputs based on his research, he has been significantly involved in consultancy projects with leading multinational companies and SMEs, and developed the multi-organisational network (MON) suite of management tools that contributed to the University of Cambridge’s REF 2014 impact case studies submission on 'Manufacturing Networks'.

Previous senior roles in industry have encompassed new product development, process design, and big data analytics - most recently with Intel Corporation. As a Senior Design Engineer at Littelfuse Inc. (formerly a GE business unit) he conceived the MHSTM series of electronic components for mobile devices, and led multi-disciplinary project team activities in going from concept development and manufacturing scale-up, to market launch and sales exceeding 500 million units within 2 years. At Intel Corporation, Tomás also led a series of large-scale design and process engineering programmes, resulting in $52 million cost savings in capital equipment investment.

Tomás holds Bachelor’s and PhD degrees (Chemistry), and an MBA (distinction) for which he received a Chartered Management Institute Award in 2008.

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