Dr Carmen Torres-Sanchez MEng PGCAP PhD FHEA
Senior Lecturer in Additive Manufacturing
Professional / academic background
Carmen received a MEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Granada (Spain). After a few years working in Brussels, sitting on the executive board of the European Confederation of Junior Enterprises, she decided to undertake a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, graduating in 2008 from Heriot-Watt University, in Edinburgh. Her PhD work has driven the development of a novel technique for the engineering and tailoring of functionalities and geometries within solid polymeric foams via controlled ultrasonic irradiation.
Carmen was a research fellow at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, from 2008 until 2010. She then took up a lectureship position in Mechanical Engineering, at Heriot-Watt University. Carmen joined the Additive Manufacturing Research Group at Loughborough University in April 2013 as a Senior Lecturer.
Carmen's research interest in the manufacture of porous materials whose internal architecture can be tailored to meet specific requirements(i.e. structural and bio-mimetic materials) has brought her to collaborate with a broad spectrum of disciplines (e.g. bioengineering, computer modelling, mathematicians, food technologists, zoologists,etc). Her teaching is equally exciting because the nature of her field (Design & Manufacture) requires a very close contact with industry. Carmen always ensures her students get exposed to very hands-on activities, where they can practice the theory and learn by doing.
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Broad interests and expertise
- Added functionality in materials and structures
- Materials and lightweight structures
- Medical and Orthopaedic applications and devices
- Bioengineering and scaffolds for Medical applications
- Packaging and sacrificial structures
- Architecture and design; intelligent buildings
- Elimination and control of hazardous substances
- Use of renewable, biodegradable materials
- Acoustic applications for the manipulation and manufacture of materials
- Biologically inspired decision-making, optimisation strategies
Current research activity
- Generation of engineered multifunctional structures, tailored to specific applications in bioengineering and the food industry, via ultrasonic sonication
- Design and manufacture of medical devices with a biomimetic approach