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Memis Acar

BS MSc PhD FIMechE Ceng FellowASME

Professor of Mechanics

Phone: +44 1509 227533




Born in Cappadocia, Turkey. Graduated from the Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey, with BS in Mechanical Engineering (1974). Obtained MSc in Textile Technology from UMIST, the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (1979) and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Loughborough University of Technology (1984).

  • 2009 to date: Professor, Loughborough University
  • 1991-2009: Senior Lecturer, Loughborough University
  • 1986-90: Lecturer, Loughborough University
  • 1984-86: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Loughborough University
  • 1983-84: Research Assistant, Loughborough University
  • 1974-77: Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, METU
  • 1998-99: Visiting Scholar, College of Textiles, NC State University, Raleigh, USA

 Research Groups


Research Interests and Activities

Biomechanical modelling and design for injury prevention
Modelling of cervical spine for whiplash analysis
Car seat and head restraint design for whiplash prevention
Passive/active vehicle safety systems
Engineering processes using fibres and fibrous products
Modelling of airflow and heat transfer through fibrous webs
Modelling the microstructure of bonded nonwoven webs
Application of air and water jets in textile industries
Design of textile machinery

External Activities

Visiting Titles
Adjunct Professor, College of Textiles, North Carolina State University, NC, USA
Professional affiliations
Fellow, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (1992), Member and Chartered Engineer (1987)
Fellow, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2007), Member (1995)
Member, the Fiber Society (1998)
Journal editorial board membership
International Journal of Mechatronics and Manufacturing Systems, Inderscience Publishers
Journal of Engineered Fibres and Fabrics, The Fiber Society and INDA
Learned society engagement 
Member of the IMechE ‘Machine Systems, Informatics and Control’ Group Executive Committee, 2000 to date
Chair of the IMechE/IEE ‘Mechatronics Forum Committee’, 1997-98 and 2000-04
Member of the ASME European Region Executive Board, 2006 to date
Member of the Governing Council of the Fiber Society (2009 to date)
Chair of the ASME UK and Ireland Section Executive Operating Board, 2007 to date
Treasurer of the ASME UK and Ireland Section Executive Committee, 2005 to 2007
Member of the ASME UK and Ireland Section Executive Committee, 2003 to date 
Major conference activity
Technical Programme Chair, 7th Biennial ASME Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis, ESDA 2004, July 19-22, Manchester
Co-Chair of the IMechE 9th Biennial Mechatronics Forum International Conference, Aug 30-Sept 1, 2004, Ankara
Chair of the Fiber Society Annual Spring Symposium 2003: Advanced Flexible Materials and Structures - Engineering with Fibers, June 30 - July 2, 2003, Loughborough
Chair and Organiser of the IMechE ‘Mechatronics in Medicine, Healthcare and Rehabilitation’ one-day symposium, November 2003
International Programme Committee of the Mechatronics Forum International Conferences, 1994 to date
International Programme Committee of the ASME ESDA Conferences, 2004 to date
Technical Committee Member of the annual INTC Conferences 2005 to date
Member of International Programme Committee, Organiser and Chair of sessions at numerous other conferences
Keynote Lecture: "Examples of Mechatronics Curricula in the World Higher Education Institutions", International Workshop on Mechatronics Education, Feb 13-14, 2006, Luxor
Invited lectures
Keynote Lecture: "Modelling and design for occupant safety", 13th Internatıonal Conference on Machıne Desıgn and Productıon, September 3-5, 2008, Istanbul, Turkey
Invited Speaker: “Effect of Flow Characteristic, Fibre and Web Properties, and the Process Parameters on the Energy Transfer and Microstructure of Hydroentangled Fabrics”, International Nonwovens Technical Conference, Sept 2006, Houston, TX
Invited Speaker: “Bonding fibres in through-air process”, 6th Nonwovens Network Seminar, 19 June 2006, Bradford
Seminar at Sabanci University, “Biomechanical Modelling and Injury Prevention Research at Loughborough”, Istanbul, June 2006
Seminar at Yeditepe University, “Biomechanical Modelling and Injury Prevention Research at Loughborough”, Istanbul, June 2006
Invited Speaker: "The role of university research in textile machinery development”, International Textile and Textile Machinery Congress, 1-2 June 2006, Istanbul
Seminar: “Textile Engineering Research at Loughborough University”, Cornell University, April 2004, Ithaca, NY
Seminar: “Head and Neck Modelling of Human Spine”, April 2004, Penn State Great Valley Campus, Malvern, PA
Invited papers
Invited Paper: “Modelling Airflow and Heat Transfer in the Through-air Bonding Process”, International Nonwovens Technical Conference, Sept 2004, Toronto
Journal referee
Proceedings of the IMechE, Part K, Journal of Multi-body Dynamics
ASME Journal of Design
Journal of Mechanism and Machine Theory
Journal of Precision Engineering
Journal of Testing and Evaluation
International Journal of Mechatronics
Journal of Materials Science
Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering
Textile Research Journal
Chemical Engineering Research and Design
The Journal of the Textile Institute
International Journal of Mechatronics and Manufacturing Systems
Journal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics
Journal of Separation Science and Technology
Collaborative Research
Nonwovens Research Institute, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey

Further evidence of esteem
External Assessor, Validation Panel for the MSc Programme in Mechanical Engineering, De Montfort University (June 2009)
EPSRC Peer Review College Member, 2000 to date
Reviewer for the Hong-Kong Research Grants Council
External Examiner of Textile Technology programmes at UMIST (1993-97)
External Examiner of Mechatronics Programmes at Wolverhampton University (1995-99)
External Examiner of Mechatronics Programmes in Singapore by Wolverhampton University (1997-99)
External Examiner of Mechatronics Programme at University of Abertay, Dundee (1999-03)
Advisor to Assuit University Mechatronics Programme, Egypt (2005-06)


Supervisor of the student projects who were finalists at the ESV International Collegiate Student Safety Technology Design Competition in three consecutive comoetitions in 2009, 2007 and 2005, organised in conjunction with the ESV (Enhanced Safety of Vehicles) Conferences: (i) Stuttgart, June 14-18, 2009, project entitled “Energy Absorbing Car Seat Design for Whiplash Mitigation”, (ii) Lyon, June 18-21, 2007, project entitled “INCAR: Integrated Child and Adult Restraint”, and (iii) Washington DC, June 6-9, 2005 project entitled “A Novel Active Head Restraint System”
2006 Charles E. Ives Award for the paper "Digital Image Processing and Illumination Techniques for Yarn Characterization," Journal of Electronic Imaging, 14(2)(2005)
WINNER of the Safety Engineering and Risk Analysis Division/ASME and the National Institute For Occupational Safety & Health’s 2004/2005 Student Safety Contest, for the student project supervised “Design of a Smart Head Restraint System for Whiplash Prevention
Global Research Award, Royal Academy of Engineering, for secondment to North Carolina State University, 1998
NATO Advanced Study Institute (ASI) Award on “Mechatronics Design in Textile Engineering”, NATO Scientific Affairs Division, 1992
76th IMechE Thomas Hawksley Memorial Lecture: "Supersonic Jet Texturing of Yarns", jointly with Professor Gordon Wray, FRS, FREng (Dec 13, 1989)


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Teaching Responsibilities

Design of Machinery I: Kinematics, Part C (3rd year) elective, Responsible Examiner.
Design of Machinery II: Dynamics, Part D (4th year) elective, Responsible Examiner.
Total Product Design, Project Supervision, Part C and D.
Mechanisms and Robotics, Mechatronics MSc Programme Module.
Engineering Mechanics, Part A (1st year), Responsible Examiner.

University Administration

Member of the University Council (2002-11)
Member of the Senate (2000-03) and (2005-08)
Member of the Human Resources Committee (2005-09)
Member of the Resources and Planning Committee (2000-03)
Member of the PVC(R) Appointment Committee (2006)
Member of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Appointment Committee (2002)

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