Prof. Ing. Philip Farrugia

Prof. Ing. Philip Farrugia

Prof. Ing. Philip Farrugia


Associate Professor

Room 007
Engineering Building
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2045
Philip Farrugia received the B. Eng. (Hons) degree from the University of Malta in 2001 with First Class Honours. He joined the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (DIME) at the University of Malta in 2001, as a Research Assistant. In February 2003, he was appointed as an Assistant Lecturer with the same department. In September 2008 Philip was appointed as a lecturer after completion of Ph.D. with research related to 'Computer-Aided Early Form Modelling'. Currently he is an Associate Professor with DIME. Prof. Ing. Farrugia coordinated the taught masters course in integrated product development for ten years. He has published over fifty peer reviewed research papers in fields related to product development. Furthermore, he has attracted over 1 million Euros in research funding from various programmes, including Horizon2020, over a period of 7 years. He is currently the regional coordinator of the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) UK.
  • Design and Manufacture of High-Value Added Products
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Computer Aided Design and Manufacture
  • Collaborative Design
  • ENR5006 - Research Methods for Engineering
  • ENR5102 - Tool Design and Manufacture
  • MFE1101 - Engineering Drawing
  • MFE2004 - Computer Aided Engineering Design (CAED)
  • MFE2201 - Advanced Manufacturing Processes
  • MFE3105 - Engineering Design
  • MFE3208 - Digital Manufacturing
Research Projects:

Personalised Recovery Through A Multi-User Environment: Virtual Reality For Rehabilitation
Date: Oct'19 -
Role: Principal Investigator (PI), University of Malta (UM)
Funding body & level: Horizon2020, Call H2020-ICT-2018-2020, Research Innovation
Action (Eur4M, UM's share: Eur395k)

Rider-Centred Product+Service System for Designing Safer Motorcycles (RIDE+SAFE)
Date: Sept'18 -
Role: PI
Funding body: Malta Council For Science & Technology (MCST): 2018 FUSION Technology
Development Programme (TDP)
Funding body & level: MCST: 2018 FUSION R&I TDP (Eur194,861)

Development of a Device Supporting Children with Language Impairment (SPEECHIE)
Date: Jul'16-Nov'19
Role: PI
Funding body & level: MCST: 2016 FUSION R&I TDP (Eur194,460)

Exploiting Multi-Material Micro Injection Moulding for Enhancing Manufacturing
Competitiveness (EX-MMIM)
Date: Oct'12-Oct'15
Role: PI
Funding body & level: MCST R&I2012 (Eur141,871)

Commercialisation projects:

Conformity and Usability Risk Assessment for SPEECHIE Commercialisation (CRISP)
Date: July18 - July'19
Role: PI
Funding body & Level: TAKEOFF Proof-of-Concept (POC) Funds (Eur16,500)

Registered International Community Designs:

European registered community design (ERCD) Nos. 001428254-0001 to 001428254-0003: Design of
a novel suction device used in a medical instrument.

ERCD No. 001420863-0001 & US registered design patent No.
29519235:A novel design of an artificial rib bridge.

ERCD No. 003040799-0001:Endoscope Lens.

Key Awards:

Aug13: Reviewers' Favourite Award for the paper titled 'A Training Strategy for Managing
Distributed Conceptual Design Work', presented at the 19th International Conference on
Engineering Design, Seoul, South Korea.

Nov19: WIPO IP Enterprise Trophy for SPEECHIE, awarded by the Malta Intellectual Property
Awards 2019 (MIPA19). SPEECHIE was also the winner of the MIPA19 (Technological Initiative

UM Activities:

- Coordinator of the M.Sc. Integrated Product Development (IPD) course (2008-2018)
- Member of the M.Sc. IPD board of studies (BOS) (2008 to date)
- Member of the M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering BOS (2018 to date)
- Member of the Faculty of Engineering board (2009-2015).
- Member of the Faculty of Engineering M.Sc. by Research BOS (2012 to date)