Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Research

Our vision is to provide world leading engineering solutions to today’s global challenges.

The breadth of our research activity is captured in our Research Themes, that are served with research activities from our research groups and a number of leading-edge research centres that are hosted by the School. We host two of the National EPSRC Centres for Innovative Manufacturing (CIM), are partners in another three CIMs and lead two EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training, all of which represent funding of more than £90m.

We have also recently been selected to lead one of EPSRC’s multidisciplinary Grand Challenges, SYMETA (SYnthesizing 3D METAmaterials for RF, microwave and THz applications), that is addressing the use of meta materials for future generations of high bandwidth communications and microwave applications.

Research grants, principally from the UK Research Councils and the EU, and extensive industrial collaborations means we currently have over £52m of live research projects. 

Supporting us and helping to ensure that our output reaches and benefits society at large are our strong partnerships with many of the leading British and global technical and engineering organisations.

Our research themes

Engineering systems

Systems engineering research at Wolfson includes both the research into the science and methodologies of systems engineering to product, process and organisational challenges as well as the applications of systems engineering principles to many engineering activities, such as control, embedded electronics, socio-technical organisation, manufacturing systems and automation and virtual reality systems research.

Advanced manufacturing

Manufacturing has been at the core of Loughborough University since its origins in 1909. It remains a very significant research activity and addresses leading edge, next generation manufacturing processes (bio-manufacturing, laser processing, additive manufacturing), manufacturing technologies (automation, robotics, digital manufacturing), organisation (people, processes and operations) and sustainability (resource efficiency, circular manufacturing).

Communications

The Communications Research Division has wide ranging research interests in all aspects of modern communication systems and the processing to support them.

Particular strengths work on Antennas, Bio-Acoustics, Biomedical Electronics, Computer Networks, Microwave Measurements, Mobile Communications, Signal Processing and Wireless Communications.

Engineering for health

Our healthcare engineering covers a broad range of activities, from novel, leading edge medical device technologies and cell therapy manufacturing, to sports technology and human performance engineering interventions for paralympians and wearable robotics for healthcare application

Engineering design and analysis

Research and delivery of new design and analytical technologies and solutions as well as the utilisation of such state of the art techniques across our engineering research disciplines are a significant activity across many of our research groups and centres.

Energy engineering

Energy engineering is a core strength of Wolfson School, with a very broad reach from energy generation, storage, transmission, utilisation and energy systems management through to energy delivery and utilisation in power train activities.