Students from all over the country attended Manchester Metropolitan University’s inaugural annual sports engineering seminar day.
The ISEA, the University’s School of Engineering and the IET sponsored the event held on Wednesday March 29.
The aim of the day was to promote sports engineering in an academic environment, raise awareness of the subject and disseminate the work being conducted in this field of research.
There were many speakers from industry including Evotech CAE Ltd, Ansys, Cantebury and their keynote speaker Paul Barratt, who is from the Great Britain Cycling Team/English Institute of Sport.
There were also talks given from leading academics such as Dr Carl Payton, Dr Matt Carré and Dr Steph Forrester as well as PhD students from Manchester Metropolitan University, Loughborough University, Sheffield Hallam University and Griffith University.
The diversity of speakers was received positively and the timing and organisation was praised.
The day started with a tour of the university facilities including the Manchester Fashion Institute, Engineering Workshop and the Movement Lab. Following a networking lunch, which included posters and equipment being displayed.
It was an all-day event and carried onto the early evening where there were prizes and a drinks reception.
The day was hugely successful, drawing crowds from all over the country with approximately 100 attendees, from Manchester Met (20), Sheffield Hallam (15), Strathclyde (12), Loughborough (10) as well as Salford, Anglia Ruskin and Leeds universities.
Our very own PhD students, Chloe Newton-Mann, Todd Shepherd, Kristina Brubacher, Charlotte Moroney and Raya Karaganeva with input from Dr Tom Allen, were all responsible for the planning and production of the entire event and executed it brilliantly.
After the event, the team received very positive feedback.
Sravanthi Sashikumar, Head of Division Mechanical Engineering, Manchester Metropolitan University, said: “I am delighted by the overwhelming response that the event has received, experts in sport science from across the UK and abroad have presented their work in their subject area. It was a great opportunity for networking and collaboration.”
Caroline Adams, of Sheffield Hallam University, said: “It was a great day celebrating the diversity of sports engineering in the UK and fascinating to hear of all the different projects happening up and down the country.”
Other comments included:
“It was interesting to see what kind of projects people already in the sports engineering field are working on. It has broadened my knowledge of possible routes to take from uni.”
“Was really interesting to find out about the different disciplines within sports engineering. Studying MEng Sports Engineering as undergraduate we focus more on product design engineering and development and biomechanics is taught from another faculty. It was good to hear how it all fitted together in industry.
“Great opportunity to mix with so many interested sports engineers and listen to so many experts presenting their research.”