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Professor Memis Acar BS MSc PhD DSc FIMechE CEng FASME

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Professor of Mechanics

Background

  • Born in Cappadocia, Turkey
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey (1974)
  • MSc in Textile Technology, UMIST (1979)
  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Loughborough University of Technology (1984)
  • DSc, The University of Manchester (2010)
  • Fellow, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (1992), Member and Chartered Engineer (1987)
  • Fellow, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2007), Member (1995)
  • Member, the Fiber Society (1998)

Employment

  • Associate Dean Teaching (2011- 2015)
  • Deputy Head of School for Teaching (2010-11)
  • Professor, Loughborough University (2009- )
  • Senior Lecturer, Loughborough University (1991-09)
  • Lecturer, Loughborough University (1986-90)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Loughborough University (1984-86)
  • Research Assistant, Loughborough University (1983-84)
  • Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, METU (1974-77)
  • Visiting Scholar, College of Textiles, NC State University, Raleigh, USA (1998-99)

Research Interests and Activities

  • Biomechanical modelling and design for occupant injury prevention
  • Modelling of cervical spine for whiplash analysis
  • Car seat and head restraint design for whiplash prevention
  • Passive/active vehicle safety systems, child restraint systems
  • Engineering processes using fibres and fibrous products
  • Modelling of airflow and heat transfer through fibrous webs
  • Modelling the microstructure of bonded nonwoven webs
  • Application of air and water jets in textile industries
  • Design of textile machinery
  • Collaboration with Nonwovens Research Institute, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

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Distinctions / Awards / Prizes

  • Research Informed Teaching Award (2015)
  • ASME District H (Europe) Student Section Advisor Award (2011)
  • DSc (Doctor of Science) Manchester University (2010)
  • Outstanding Leadership in ASME District H Award (2009)
  • Invited author of the “Biographical Memoirs of the Late Professor Gordon R Wray, FRS”, the Journal of the Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, Vol. 54, Dec. 2008
  • Elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2007)
  • 2006 Charles E. Ives Award for the paper "Digital Image Processing and Illumination Techniques for Yarn Characterization," Journal of Electronic Imaging, 14(2)(2005) - The Charles Ives Award recognizes an outstanding contribution in the area of applied science or engineering published in the Journal of Imaging Science and Technology during the preceding year.
  • Global Research Award, Royal Academy of Engineering, for secondment to North Carolina State University, 1998
  • Elected Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (1995)
  • NATO Advanced Study Institute (ASI) Award on “Mechatronics Design in Textile Engineering”, NATO Scientific Affairs Division, 1992
  • 76th IMechE Thomas Hawksley Memorial Lecture:"Supersonic Jet Texturing of Yarns", jointly with Professor Gordon Wray, FRS, FREng (Dec 13, 1989)

Research Councils

  • Reviewer for the Canadian National Sciences and Engineering Research Council, 2017.
  • EPSRC Peer Review College Member, 2000 to date
  • Reviewer for the Hong-Kong Research Grants Council

External Examination/Assessment 

  • External Examiner, MSc in Mechatronics and Fluid Power Engineering, the University of Bath (2012-)
  • External Examiner, MSc in Textile Technology, the University of Manchester (2009-13)
  • External Assessor, Validation Panel for the MSc Programme in Mechanical Engineering, De Montfort University (June 2009)
  • External Examiner of Textile Technology Programmes at UMIST (1993-97)
  • External Examiner of Mechatronics Programmes at Wolverhampton University (1995-99)
  • External Examiner of Mechatronics Programmes in Singapore by Wolverhampton University (1997-99)
  • External Examiner of Mechatronics Programme at University of Abertay, Dundee (1999-03)
  • Advisor to Assuit University Mechatronics Programme, Egypt (2005-06)

Learned society engagement

  • IMechE Accreditation Panel visit to UCL, Oct 2016
  • Leader of ASME District H (European District), 2012-15
  • Member of the ASME Global Communities Operating Board, 2012-15
  • ASME District H Student Sections Advisor, 2009-12
  • Member of ASME Student Sections Committee, 2009-12
  • Member of the IMechE ‘Machine Systems, Informatics and Control’ Group Executive Committee, 2000 to date
  • Invited author of the ”Biographical Memoirs of the late Professor Gordon R Wray, FRS”, the Journal of the Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, Vol. 54, Dec. 2008
  • Chair of the IMechE/IEE ‘Mechatronics Forum Committee’, 1997-98 and 2000-04
  • Member of the ASME European District Executive Board, 2006 to date
  • Chair of the ASME UK and Ireland Section Executive Operating Board, 2007-10
  • Treasurer of the ASME UK and Ireland Section Executive Committee, 2005 to 2007
  • Member of the ASME UK and Ireland Section Executive Committee, 2003 to date

Conference Chairing

  • Conference Chair, 12th Biennial ASME Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis, ESDA 2014, July 25-27, Copenhagen
  • Technical Programme Chair, 10th Biennial ASME Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis, ESDA 2010, July 12-14, Istanbul
  • Technical Programme Chair, 7th Biennial ASME Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis, ESDA 2004, July 19-22, Manchester
  • Co-Chair of the IMechE 9th Biennial Mechatronics Forum International Conference, Aug 30-Sept 1, 2004, Ankara
  • Chair of the Fiber Society Annual Spring Symposium 2003: Advanced Flexible Materials and Structures - Engineering with Fibers, June 30 - July 2, 2003, Loughborough
  • Chair and Organiser of the IMechE ‘Mechatronics in Medicine, Healthcare and Rehabilitation’ one-day symposium, November 2003
  • International Programme Committee of the Mechatronics Forum International Conferences, 1994 to date
  • International Programme Committee of the ASME ESDA Conferences, 2004 to date
  • Technical Committee Member of the annual INTC Conferences 2005 to date
  • Member of International Programme Committee, Organiser and Chair of sessions at numerous other conferences

Invited lectures

  • Regular Speaker at Dulwich College, London, Courses and Careers Convention on "Studying Engineering"
  • Keynote Lecture: "Examples of Mechatronics Curricula in the World Higher Education Institutions", International Workshop on Mechatronics Education, Feb 13-14, 2006, Luxor
  • Keynote Lecture: "Modelling and design for occupant safety", 13th International Conference on Machine Design and Production, September 3-5, 2008, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Invited Speaker: “Effect of Flow Characteristic, Fibre and Web Properties, and the Process Parameters on the Energy Transfer and Microstructure of Hydroentangled Fabrics”, International Nonwovens Technical Conference, Sept 2006, Houston, TX
  • Invited Speaker: “Bonding fibres in through-air process”, 6th Nonwovens Network Seminar, 19 June 2006, Bradford
  • Seminar at Sabanci University, “Biomechanical Modelling and Injury Prevention Research at Loughborough”, Istanbul, June 2006
  • Seminar at Yeditepe University, “Biomechanical Modelling and Injury Prevention Research at Loughborough”, Istanbul, June 2006
  • Invited Speaker: "The role of university research in textile machinery development”, International Textile and Textile Machinery Congress, 1-2 June 2006, Istanbul
  • Seminar: “Textile Engineering Research at Loughborough University”, Cornell University, April 2004, Ithaca, NY
  • Seminar: “Head and Neck Modelling of Human Spine”, April 2004, Penn State Great Valley Campus, Malvern, PA

Journal reviewing

  • Annals of Biomedical Engineering
  • ASME Journal of Design
  • Chemical Engineering Research and Design
  • Composite Science and Technology
  • Fibres and Polymers journal
  • International Journal of Crashworthiness
  • International Journal of Mechatronics
  • Journal of Materials Science
  • Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering
  • Journal of Precision Engineering
  • Journal of Sound and Vibration
  • Journal of Testing and Evaluation
  • Proceedings of the IMechE, Part K, Journal of Multi-body Dynamics
  • Textile Research Journal
  • Transactions on Mechatronics, IEEE
  • International Journal of Mechatronics and Manufacturing Systems
  • International Journal of Numerical Methods in Fluids
  • Journal of Mechanism and Machine Theory
  • Journal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics
  • Journal of Separation Science and Technology
  • Journal of the Textile Institute
  • Machine Vision and Applications
  • Mechatronics Journal, Elsevier Science

Teaching 

  • Advanced Engineering Research, Part D (4th year) elective, Module Leader
  • Kinematics of Machinery, Part C (3rd year) elective, Module Leader.
  • Dynamics of Machinery, Part D (4th year) elective, Module Leader.
  • Total Product Design, Project Supervision, Part C and D.

University/Management

  • Member of the University Council (2002-11) and (2012-16)
  • Member of the University Learning and teaching Committee (2012-15)
  • Member of the University Quality and Standards Subcommittee (2011-15)
  • Chair of the Wolfson School Learning and teaching Committee (2011-15)
  • Member of the Senate (2000-03), (2005-08), 2010-13) and (2016-19)
  • Member of the Human Resources Committee (2005-09)
  • Member of the Resources and Planning Committee (2000-03)
  • Member of the PVC(R) Appointment Committee (2006)
  • Member of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Appointment Committee (2002)