School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


Dr Steph Forrester BEng, MSc, PhD

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Reader in Sports Engineering and Biomechanics


  • 2018-    - Reader in Sports Engineering and Biomechanics
  • 2012-18 - Senior Lecturer in Sports Technology
  • 2008-12 - Lecturer in Sports Technology
  • 2006-08 - Research Associate, Sports Biomechanics, Loughborough University
  • 2005-06 - MSc in Sports Biomechanics, Loughborough University
  • 1999-2005 - Professional Triathlete in the Great Britain team
  • 1998 - Process Engineer, AstraZeneca, Huddersfield
  • 1996-97 - Postdoctoral Researcher, Australia
  • 1991-95 - PhD in Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge
  • 1987-91 - BEng in Chemical Engineering, University of Edinburgh

Research Interests and Activities

  • Sports Surfaces: In particular, third generation artificial turf for football and rugby.
  • Athletic Footwear: Principally studded footwear for football and rugby and road running footwear.
  • Athlete Biomechanics: Running biomechanics, Golf biomechanics.


External Activities

  • Professional affiliations: Member International Society of Biomechanics, Member American Society of Biomechanics, Member SportSURF, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

  • Editorials: Guest Editor for Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology: Special Issue on Sports Turf Parts 1 and 2, 225(2-3); Associate Editor for Journal of Applied Biomechanics

  • Referee: for multiple journals in the fields of Biomechanics, Sports Engineering and Sports Medicine



  • SAGE Best Paper Award 2015: Fleming, P.R., Forrester, S.E. and McLaren, N.J. 2015. Understanding the effects of decompaction maintenance on the infill state and play performance of third generation artificial grass pitches.  Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part P: Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology. 229(3), 169–182

Current admin roles:

  • Programme Director for the Sports Technology (BEng) programme

  • Deputy Lead for the Sports Technology, Systems and Design Research Theme


Currently teach on the following modules:

  • MMA700 Measurement Principles

  • MMB302 Engineering Computation for Sports Technology

  • MMB502 Applied Sports Technology 2

  • MMB503 Application of Product Design in Sport

  • MMB701 Measurement and Experimental Design

  • MMC500 Individual Project

  • MMC701 Sports Surfaces, Footwear and Garments

Athena Swan Bronze award

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