Dr Olivia Ray

MEng, PhD

Pronouns: She/her
  • Technical Tutor in Biomechanics

Olivia completed her master’s degree in Medical and Mechanical Engineering in 2015 at the University of Hull. Following this, Olivia completed her PhD in sport science at Nottingham Trent University, investigating the biomechanical risk factors and bone health in lower limb amputees. In 2019, Olivia started as an associate on a knowledge transfer partnership between the University of Lincoln, Plum Products and Innovate UK. This used biomechanics and engineering research to drive garden trampoline product innovation design. In 2021 Olivia joined Loughborough University as a Technical Tutor in Biomechanics.

Olivia is a keen horse rider, having played horse ball competitively.

Olivia’s research combines engineering and sport science to investigate human equipment interaction and its effect on human movement and musculoskeletal health. During her PhD, Olivia used finite element models to predict long term bone response to movement adaptations as a result of lower limb amputation. The multi-disciplinary approach continued in her KTP, investigating how trampoline specification influenced function and performance with the aim to make garden trampolines safer for children. 

Featured publications

  • Brown, O.H., Mullineaux, D.R., Mulloy, F. (2021). Dynamic testing to determine and predict trampoline functionSports Engineering, 24
  • Barnett, C.T., Brown, O.H., Bisele, M., Brown, M.J., De Asha, A.R., and Strutzenberger, G., (2018). Individuals with unilateral transtibial amputation and lower activity levels walk more quickly when using a hydraulically articulating versus rigidly attached prosthetic ankle-foot device. Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics, 30 (3), pp. 158-164. ISSN 1040-8800 doi: 10.1097/JPO.0000000000000179