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Personalised Footwear: E2HS - From Elite to High Street

Team

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Project main investigators

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Diane Gyi, Co-Investigator
Dr Gyi is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Human Sciences specialising in health ergonomics. Previously, she worked as an Occupational Therapist providing insight into the damaging effects of poor design. She is currently a scientific editor for Applied Ergonomics and a member of the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. Diane directly supervises the research into the anthropometry and biomechanics of the foot in terms of specifying personalised insoles.

Samantha Porter, Co-Investigator
Dr Porter is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Design and Technology specialising in design ergonomics. She has worked in the area of design ergonomics for 18 years and more recently been the principal investigator on a number of grants, both UK and EU funded, concerning the consumer's relationship with products. Samantha is the co investigator for the high street element of the project and is directly supervising the research into the high street system that the consumer will interact with.

Neil Hopkinson, Principal Investigator
Dr Hopkinson is a Reader in the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering specialising in additive manufacturing technologies. He has recently been appointed the University's first Senior Enterprise Fellow, funded by the IMCRC, with a remit to exploit results from his research portfolio. Neil leads the E2HS project and directly supervises the research into additive manufacturing processes, materials and midsole design.

Mike Caine, Co-Investigator
Mike is Professor of Sports Technology and Innovation and Director of the Sports Technology Institute. He has collaborated with numerous sporting goods brands, including New Balance, Nike, Reebok and Speedo as well as individual national teams including England Rugby. Mike has founded two spinout companies and has eight patents, several of which have been commercialised. Mike holds a visiting Professor appointment within the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology, published by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Entire team

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The investigators are working with teams of dynamic young researchers with diverse interests including rapid manufacturing techniques and materials, ergonomics, biomechanics, elite level sprinting and the mechanical and retail evaluation of high performance footwear.

Craig Davidson is a PhD researcher in the Rapid Manufacturing Research Group. After graduating with First Class Honours from the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering he joined the Personalised Sports Footwear project in 2007. Craig's research focuses on the design and mechanical testing of running shoe sole units produced using Rapid Manufacturing technology.

Dr Candice Majewski is a post-doctoral researcher in the Rapid Manufacturing Research Group. With a background in mechanical engineering, her current research focuses largely on material and process improvements for additive polymer sintering. Candice is responsible for the manufacturing processes and materials work packages on the E2HS project.

Andre Salles is a PhD researcher in the Design Ergonomics Group. He graduated in Physical Education in Brazil before moving into the UK to study an MSc in Sport and Exercise Science at Manchester Metropolitan University. He joined the Personalised Sports Footwear research project in 2008. Andre's research focuses on the high street end of the project, on anthropometry and biomechanics of the foot in terms of specifying personalised insoles.

Steve Summerskill is a lecturer in Design Ergonomics in the Department of Design and Technology. With a ten year track record in performing applied research before becoming a lecturer, Steve Summerskill supports the E2HS project by co-supervising Matthew Head's PhD.

Matthew Head is a PhD researcher in the Design Ergonomics Research Group. He studied Product Design and Innovation at the University of Portsmouth, graduating with First Class Honours, and joined the Personalised Sports Footwear project in 2008. Matthew's research focuses on the exploration of the personalisation process for sports footwear within the retail environment.

Andrea Vinet is a PhD researcher in the Sports Technology Research Group. After completing a BSc in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, her personal interest in footwear, stemming from her experience as a competitive sprint hurdler, lead her to complete an MSc in Sports Biomechanics at Loughborough University and subsequently join the E2HS project in 2008. Andrea's research focuses on the design and biomechanical testing of sprint footwear sole units produced using Rapid Manufacturing technology.

Dr Daniel Toon is a Research Associate in the Sports Technology Research Group. After completing a BEng in Product Design at the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough, he continued to pursue his passions for sport and design, completing a PhD on the E2HS project focussing on the engineering of sprint footwear. Dan currently manages a parallel project titled 'Engineering Gold Medals,' which aims to transfer knowledge gained from previous E2HS research and explore commercial opportunities and potential performance gains for elite UK athletes. Dan is currently developing footwear for a high profile Paralympic sprinter.

Brad Williams is a PhD researcher and part of the Sports Technology Research Group. After gaining a BSc in Sports Technology from Loughborough University, a combination of work carried out on sprint footwear for his undergraduate project, and experience as a Welsh international sprinter, led him to join the E2HS project in late 2006. Brad's research is focused on the design and physiological testing of distance running footwear, utilising Rapid Manufacturing technologies, and aiming to enhance performance of elite athletes.

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