School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


Dr Jonathan Roberts

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Senior Lecturer


  • Graduated from the University of Nottingham with a B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering before joining the Sports Technology Research Group in 1998.
  • Awarded a PhD in 2002 for work on correlating players’ subjective perceptions of golf equipment with the sound and vibration measured from impact.
  • Spent nine years conducting research for a leading American golf manufacturer as well as supervising two other golf related projects.
  • Recently expanded the subjective perception research into other sports including the comfort of footwear and protective equipment.

Research Interests and Activities

  • Measurement and analysis of players’ perceptions of sports equipment. 
  • Sound quality evaluation of impulsive sounds. 
  • Robotic simulation of sporting motion.
  • Mechanical design and analysis of sports equipment. 
  • Impact dynamics and acoustics.

External Activities

  • Invited lectures: Engineering Integrity Society workshop on Product Sound and Vibration (2006), Better Golf Through Technology conference, MIT, Boston (2007).
  • Invited papers: Sports Engineering Special Issue of the Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part L - Journal of Materials: Design and Applications (2006)
  • Referee for Journal of Sports Sciences and Sports Engineering
  • Collaborative Research: The ‘Feel’ of a Golf Shot (Callaway Golf, 1998-2007), Personalised Protective Equipment (Dunlop-Slazenger, adidas, 2006-2010), Impulsive Sound Quality in Tennis (HEAD Sport, 2008-11), 
  • Commercialisation of research: Specialist advisor to adidas on player assessment of the 2006 World Cup football.

Athena Swan Bronze award

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The Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU