• 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
  • 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.