Dr. Rob Baker – Current job role and institution: Senior Lecturer and Departmental Quality and Student Experience Enhancement Co-ordinator
Business, Operations and Systems sub group of the Finance, Accounting and Business Systems Department. Sheffield Business School (a Faculty of Sheffield Hallam University).
Operations research; management evolution and future; the management of quality, statistical process control and six-sigma; ethical philosophy and its implications for management strategies; computing science, artificial intelligence for decision-making; the natural sciences; 19th-century physics; mathematics in the natural and lived worlds; the sociology of Pierre Bourdieu.
The pursuit of teaching excellence.
The use of theatrical devices in teaching. The aim is to develop this as a niche area and write up a text in 2017-18.
Curriculum development. Pushing back the boundaries of quality learning materials.
Electronic assignment feedback – making it speedier, more efficient and ‘collateable’.
Collaborative ‘communities of practice’: their inter-disciplinary coalescence, formation and propagation for the enhancement of quality.
Artificial Intelligent decision-making (fuzzy logic, neural nets, genetic algorithms).
First Career in UK/overseas manufacturing industry with Courtaulds plc:
Quality Manager (BS 5750)
Production Manager, Trainer and Mentor
Information Technology Project Manager.
Astronomy and cosmology (but from a warm armchair!). In 1970, at the Mill Hill Observatory of University College London, I handled some of the first samples of moon rock brought back by the Apollo 11 astronauts!
Currently restoring a 1967 Triumph Spitfire mark III classic car.
My wife, Carole, daughter Alexis, son Adam. James Clerk Maxwell, Mark Granovetter; John Dewey. Brandon Flowers, Jonny Wilkinson, Sir Isaac Newton,
What do I know for certain?
Two things. One: challenge every thing, de omnibus dubitandum est (‘of every thing doubtful be’). Two: the second law of thermodynamics, entropy tends to a maximum.