Professor Carl Perrin

Globally recognised research with impact. Addressing the issues of today and shaping the agenda for the future. Bringing together learning, research and business to create robust sustainable solutions to profitably grow the UK manufacturing base.

Taking innovations and maturing these through an underpinning robust scientific understanding to create and commercialise solutions to benefit business and customers. Looking ahead and turning the vision for future world class manufacturing into a reality.

Carl is a graduate of Sheffield University, where he studied Metallurgy and completed his PhD on light-weight metallic composites.

He has over 20 years industrial experience, initially in the automotive sector, developing thermal management, powertrain and braking systems for the high volume passenger car, heavy duty and Formula 1 markets. He was R&D Director for Dana Glacier Vandervell, where he successfully introduced a range of patented lead-free engine bearings, as well as commercialisation of an award winning low cost coating process for high performance diesel engines.

Carl joined Rolls-Royce in 2007 to head the corporate surface engineering group, where he led the introduction of several new technologies into the latest generation of Trent engines to deliver improvements in life, emissions and performance. He also spent several years in an operations role, as Head of Technology in a joint venture manufacturing high pressure turbine components for Rolls-Royce gas turbine engines. This included several new product introduction successes as well as delivery of significant operational improvements and cost reduction through lean initiatives and embedding processes for design for manufacture and design for cost for new engine programmes.

In 2014, Carl moved on to the role of Director for the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, where he heads the collaboration between Coventry University and Unipart - a new approach to bringing together teaching and skills, research, and business development. Carl is also the Executive Director of the newly formed Manufacturing and Materials Engineering research centre, and in 2015 was appointed as Professor of Manufacturing. 

Coventry University No.1 Modern University No.1 Modern University in the Midlands
Coventry University awarded TEF GOLD Teaching Excellence Framework
University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2020
Coventry City of Culture 2021