Professor David Harrison manages a wide range of collaborative projects with colleagues and students plus a diverse group of manufacturing companies at Glasgow Caledonian University. His research interests are primarily concerned with improving overall manufacturing competitiveness in companies via Optimised Design, CADCAM and advances towards CIM. Most of his research has been in association with industrial partners. He has an active interest in the Total Technology programme at UMIST. Through his involvement with European projects he has built up strong links with fellow academics in several European countries and during the past four years five applications for funding have been made. During 1995 he was awarded the Rectors Medal of the University of Mining and Metallurgy, Krakow, Poland, for his work in promoting international co-operation. His has been an active researcher for 16 years and contributed to over 250 publications, many in International Journals. He has presented papers and chaired sessions at a number of international conferences and represented the University in India, USA, China, Saudi Arabia and Oman.