School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


Dr Sean Mitchell BTech PhD AMIMechE MISEA

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Senior Lecturer


Dr. Mitchell received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Loughborough University in 1986.  After working for CMB Technology and Marconi Command & Control he returned to undertake his postgraduate research in ‘Sculptured Product Computer Aided Design’ and was awarded his PhD in 1996.

Dr. Mitchell held the Sports Engineering Research Fellowship in the Wolfson School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough from early 1998. He was appointed as lecturer in Sports Technology in September 2000.'

Professional Affiliations

  • Associate member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers 
  • Member of the International Sports Engineering Association

External Activities

Member of the Editorial Board of the international journal Sports Engineering (International Sports Engineering Association).

Broad Interests and Expertise

Dr. Mitchell's interests are focused on sports equipment, primarily in the following areas:

  • Computer aided design, analysis and manufacture 
  • Human performance implications for equipment design 
  • Improved standards, testing procedures and devices 
  • Novel materials & processes

Research Interests and Activities

Dr. Mitchell’s current research activities include:

  • Tennis racket power evaluation 
  • Hollow sports ball impact phenomena 
  • Equipment design for junior players 
  • Quantifying feel in ball/implement sports 
  • Play quality, perception and fatigue using larger tennis balls


  • Co-author of journal paper which was given the R.E. Peterson Award by the.Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) for the "Best Paper on the Application of Experimental Mechanics".
  • A. HOCKNELL, S.R. MITCHELL, R. JONES and S.J. ROTHBERG, "Hollow Golf Club Head Modal Characteristics: Determination and Impact Applications", Experimental Mechanics, 38(2), 1998, pp140-146.

Athena Swan Bronze award

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