Design School

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Dr Tom Page

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Senior Lecturer

Tom’s background is in avionics from when he worked as a development engineer for Ferranti Defence Systems Ltd. in Edinburgh. In 1990, he took up a two-year fixed-term research assistantship at the Engineering Design Research Centre in Glasgow. Upon completion of this role, he taught Computer-Aided Engineering at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield. Since moving to Loughborough University in 2003, Tom has taught electronic product design, interaction design, design and manufacturing technology and physical computing. His research interests are in engineering design, design education, technology education and electronic design automation.

He is the organiser and co-ordinator of all design and prototyping activities required for the Engineering Education Scheme (EES) workshop and is the outreach and widening participation coordinator within the Design School. Tom's work has been widely published in the form of journal papers, book contributions, refereed proceedings, refereed conference papers and technical papers. He has supervised research students, acted as external examiner on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, examined PhDs and MPhils and has acted on the reviewing panel of a number of key journals and conferences.

Further Electronics for Design (DSB007)

Physical and Virtual Prototyping (DSB011)

Design and Manufacturing Technologies (DSB015/16)

Application of Electronics and Mechanics for Design (DSC006)

Dissertation (DSC021)

Final Year Design Practice (DSC026)

Research group: Design Practice.

Tom’s research work spans electronic product design; design education; design practice; the Internet of Things; and engineering related. His work in electronic product design represents a strong realignment in his research direction concerning notions of usability in electronic product design. On joining Loughborough University, he undertook research in Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) using virtual and managed learning environments. Furthermore, he collaborated with colleagues, internationally, to explore computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL) and pedagogical research in design education.

Tom’s work in value management was mainly undertaken with his PhD student (2001 to 2006) and was extended to incorporate Type 2 Fuzzy Logic and performance measurement in time-to-market predication in new product development projects and notions of the extended enterprise. He has worked with colleagues in Finland, to further develop value chain and business models for enabling sectorial and regional growth through innovation.

Tom’s research activity in engineering comprises work done in electronic circuit design and printed circuit fabrication, assembly and test (1994 to 2004). He undertook research with BAE Systems in performance measurement in training effectiveness of flight crew (2007). Further to this, Tom has worked with colleagues in Southern India and contributed to work in the area of design for manufacturing, experiment design methods and the application of optimisation algorithms in production scheduling.

  • Thorsteinsson, G. and Page, T. (2014) User attachment to smartphones and design guidelines, International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, 8(3/4), pp.201-215, ISSN: 1746-725X. DOI: 10.1504/IJMLO.2014.067020.

  • Page, T. (2014) Product attachment and replacement: implications for sustainable design, International Journal of Sustainable Design, 2(3), pp.256-282, DOI:10.1504/IJSDES.2014.065057.

  • Page, T. (2014) Skeuomorphism or Flat Design: Future Directions in Mobile Device User Interface (UI) Design Education, International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, 8(2), pp.130-142, DOI: 10.1504/IJMLO.2014.062350.

  • Page, T. (2014) Application Based Mobile Devices in Design Education, International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, 8(2), pp.96-111, DOI: 10.1504/IJMLO.2014.062347.

  • Page, T. (2014) Touchscreen Mobile Devices and Older Adults: A Usability Study, International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics, 3(1), pp.65-85, DOI: 10.1504/IJHFE.2014.062550.