Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


Professor Steve Rothberg BSc PhD FIMechE CEng

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Professor of Vibration Engineering

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research)


  • Born in Manchester, attended Manchester Grammar School.
  • BSc and PhD attained at University of Southampton, Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR).
  • Joined Loughborough University in 1990 as Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Head of Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering 2001-2007.
  • Dean of the Faculty of Engineering 2007-2011.
  • Academic lead, Centre for Engineering and Design Education (CEDE)

Research Interests and Activities

  • Vibration measurement and analysis including modal analysis.
  • Laser Vibrometry including:
    • Measurements directly from rotors.
    • Laser speckle and elimination of pseudo-vibration.
    • Scanning and tracking applications.
  • Noise measurement and analysis.
  • Sports equipment design including:
    • Impact modelling and analysis.
    • Noise and vibration related to "feel" of impact sports equipment.

External Activities

  • Professional affiliation: Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • International conferences: co-chair of IMechE/IEE/InstMC Symposium on Multi-body Dynamics, Loughborough 2004; International conference scientific committee: SPIE Vibration Measurements by Laser and Non-contact Techniques, Ancona, Italy, 2014 (since 2002); Optical Measurement Techniques, Belgium, 2012 (since 2007).
  • Invited lectures:Vibration Measurements by Laser Techniques short course, Ancona, Italy, 2014 (since 2002); Advanced Course in Structural Dynamics, ISVR, Southampton University 2010 (since 2007). Polytec Laser Vibrometer Users’ Technical Meeting keynote lecture (2011).
  • Editorial board membership:Scientific World Journal
  • Advisory roles:Committee member of NAFEMS working group on Dynamics and Testing; EPSRC College member; Royal Society Diversity Programme Steering Group; International expert reviewer for Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes (ANVUR) assessment (VQR 2004-2010).
  • Collaborative Research: examples include Automotive Transmission Rattle (EPSRC and Ford University Research Project Award, 2006-9), Impulsive Sound Quality in Tennis (HEAD Sport, Austria, 2008-11), Invited ‘international expert’ on Flemish government-funded laser measurements network.


  • 2012: Selected for Institute of Physics ‘Measurement Science and Technology 2011–2012 highlights collection’ for “Methods for the quantification of pseudo-vibration sensitivities in laser vibrometry” by Martin and Rothberg.
  • 2003: National Physical Laboratory Award for Measurement, short-listed Synchronised Scanning Laser Vibrometry
  • 2003: Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Industrial Fellowship Awarded to my research student Paul Varney
  • 2001: Peterson Award from the Society for Experimental Mechanics: Best Applications Paper in the journal “Experimental Mechanics”.
  • 2000: Leverhulme Fellowship: Pseudo-Vibration Elimination in Laser Vibrometry