Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


Dr Ben Halkon BEng PhD

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  • BEng (Mechanical Engineering (Hons) DIS, 1999) & PhD (Mechanical Engineering, 2004) both at Loughborough University.
  • Three seasons in motorsport engine design with Ilmor Engineering Ltd. & three years with LMS International.
  • Appointed to a HEFCE funded lectureship in Oct. 2009 as Lecturer, Sports Technology, Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University.
  • Elected as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in Aug. 2012.
  • Elected as a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and registered as Chartered Engineer, the Engineering Council in Sept. 2012.

Research Interests and Activities

  • Research, analysis, design and testing of sports equipment and integrated training systems.
  • Structural statics and dynamics, optical measurement techniques & intelligent system instrumentation.
  • Advanced manufacturing technologies and materials, including computer modelling techniques thereof.
  • Personal Protective Equipment design, development and testing.
  • Sports Informatics.
  • Particular sporting interests in high-performance cycling, rowing, sailing & swimming.
  • Singapore Institute for Sports Research, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Research Funding

  • Royal Society Research Grant: “The determination of ‘Swimmer Drag’ in the pool using white-light & air bubble tracer Tomographic Particle Image Velocimetry”, 1st Dec. 2011 - 28th Feb. 2013, Prinicipal Investigator, £13k.
  • Confidential Industrial Sponsor: “Sports Protective Personal Equipment I & II”, Apr. - Dec. 2011, Principal Investigator, £50k.
  • Confidential Industrial Sponsor: “Sports Bra 2014 Innovation I, II & III”, Apr. 2012 – Jun. 2013, Co-Investigator, £67k.
  • International Cricket Council: “Grant in Aid of Research into Cricket Helmet Safety”, 17th Aug. 2012 – 30th Sept. 2014, Co-Investigator, £10k.Teaching Interests and Activities
  • Responsible Examiner: Application of Product Design in Sports & Sports Equipment Industry.
  • Tutor: Applied Sports Technology I, Engineering Computation for Sports Technology, Applied Sports Technology II & Sports Engineering.
  • Dissertation Tutor for Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering programmes.
  • Personal Tutor for Sports Technology BSc undergraduates.
  • Invited Short Course Tutor “Modal Analysis of Sports Equipment” and “Sports Equipment Industry” (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore).

External Activities and Awards

  • Invited guest lecture at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Winner, 2012 Loughborough University Enterprise Awards, Consultancy category: “GB Rowing Team success”
  • Reviewer Measurement Science & Technology, Institute of Physics
  • Reviewer Optics & Lasers in Engineering
  • Member Institution of Mechancial Engineers
  • Member International Sports Engineering Association (ISEA)
  • Member NAFEMS
  • Received Thomas Andrew Common Grant from the IMechE, 2001 and 2002, to assist with travel to IMAC XX and XXI.
  • Invited to submit paper for special issue of Mechanical Systems & Signal Processing, 2003:
    "Vibration Measurements using Continuous Scanning Laser Vibrometry: Advanced Aspects in Rotor Applications"
  • Shortlisted for NPL National Measurement Awards & SET for BRITAIN Awards, 2003:
    "Synchronised-Scanning Laser Vibrometry: Frontier Measurement Technology for Rotating Machinery Development"

Highlighted publication: Rothberg, SJ, Halkon, BJ, Tirabassi, M, Pusey, C (2012) Radial vibration measurements directly from rotors using laser vibrometry: The effects of surface roughness, instrument misalignments and pseudo-vibration, Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, ISSN: 0888-3270.