Professor Steve Rothberg

BSc, PhD, CEng, FIMechE

  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Steve Rothberg is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Loughborough University.

Professor Steve Rothberg

Professor Steve Rothberg

BSc, PhD, CEng, FIMechE

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  • Steve Rothberg is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Loughborough University.

    Steve Rothberg is Professor of Vibration Engineering and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. With a first degree and a PhD from Southampton University, he joined the academic staff at Loughborough in 1990 as an industrially funded lecturer.

    His research in noise and vibration measurement and analysis, particularly in the development of laser technology for vibration and motion measurements, has attracted individual awards from the National Physical Laboratory and the Society of Experimental Mechanics, and contributed to Loughborough’s Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Optical Engineering (2000) and High Value Manufacturing (2014).

    In 2007, after six successful years as Head of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Professor Rothberg became Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. As Dean, he led the Loughborough team on the £40m Manufacturing Technology Centre project, together with diverse institutional 'first' projects including the campus-wide staff survey and formation of the ethical policy framework. He also led Loughborough’s first ATHENA Swan award submission, and he continues to lead in this area at Loughborough, as well as holding an appointment as Panel Chair for Athena SWAN nationally.

    Professor Rothberg became Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise) in 2011, initiating a culture change across the institution and delivering specific projects such as the new Advanced Technology Innovation Centre on Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park.

    Since 2015, he has been Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), introducing the ‘CALIBRE’ framework to drive research ambition through establishment of Research Beacons, Global Challenges, the Institute of Advanced Studies, the Doctoral College and the ‘Research Leaders’ programme with special emphasis on securing externally-funded Fellowships.

    His external memberships include the Main Board at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult), the PVCs’ Executive Management Group of Midlands Innovation, (the strategic partnership between the Midlands 8 research-intensive universities), the JISC Research Strategy Forum, and the EPSRC Capital Infrastructure Strategic Advisory Team.

    Professor Rothberg became Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Loughborough University in 2015.

    Professor Rothberg has responsibility for providing strategic and operational leadership for the University’s research.

    Within noise and vibration measurement and analysis, my particular specialism is in applications of laser technology for the measurement of motion and related parameters.

    My work in the areas of Laser Speckle Metrology and Laser Vibrometry is well regarded by academic peers and by the world’s foremost manufacturers of Laser Vibrometers with whom I have collaborated throughout my academic career. Three broad elements of the work with laser-based methods are advancing capability with existing instruments, the development of new instruments, and widening the range of applications. Primary application areas have been in sports equipment design and automotive noise and vibration.

    My interests encompass work of a very fundamental nature, for example in quantifying laser speckle noise effects and mathematical modelling of optical configurations, to work of a very applied nature such as the first-ever non-contact measurements of crankshaft bending vibration on a running diesel engine.

    • Vibration measurement and analysis including modal analysis.
    • Laser Vibrometry including:
      • Measurements directly from rotors.
      • Laser speckle and elimination of pseudo-vibration.
      • Scanning and tracking applications.
      • Measurements from moving platforms.
    • Noise measurement and analysis.
    • Sports equipment design including noise and vibration related to player perceptions.
    • Automotive engine and powertrain refinement.
    • 2012: Selected for Institute of Physics ‘Measurement Science and Technology 2011–2012 highlights collection’ for “Methods for the quantification of pseudo-vibration sensitivities in laser vibrometry” by Martin and Rothberg.
    • 2003: National Physical Laboratory Award for Measurement, short-listed Synchronised Scanning Laser Vibrometry.
    • 2003: Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Industrial Fellowship Awarded to my research student Paul Varney.
    • 2001: Peterson Award from the Society for Experimental Mechanics: Best Applications Paper in the journal “Experimental Mechanics”.
    • 2000: Leverhulme Fellowship: Pseudo-Vibration Elimination in Laser Vibrometry.