Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


Dr Carmen Torres-Sanchez MEng PGCAP PhD FHEA

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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.   

Professional affiliations

  • 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