Ask a sports engineer launch

In the coming months the EngineeringSport blog should have a lot more content on its pages thanks to a project in collaboration with the V&A’s museum of childhood and an Ingenious grant from the Royal Academy of Engineering.


Our Sports Engineers will be on hand to answer your questions

The Beautiful Games exhibition (which is also a Centre for Sports Engineering Research project) contains a box for visitors to post their questions to us. These questions will be collected and answered on these pages. Unfortunately we won’t be able to respond to every single question, but we’ll do our best to find themes and ‘hot topics’ as the subject of some interesting articles.

For the project we’ll be recruiting our best young and enthusiastic researchers to answer your questions and there should be two new articles every week (at least). We’re looking forward to hearing some really interesting questions, I hope you enjoy reading our answers.

For a summary of all the questions answered by our writers, visit the Ask a Sports Engineer summary page.

Simon Choppin

About wiredchop

Simon Choppin Simon’s sports engineering career began at the age of six when he loosened the wheels of his skateboard in order to make it go faster. While the experiment was chalked up as his first failure, his resulting dimpled skull has provided an aerodynamic advantage in more recent sporting pursuits. Academically, Simon completed a degree in Mechanical Engineering with Mathematics at Nottingham University before joining the Sports Engineering Research Group at Sheffield to start his PhD. His main interests include work with high speed video, mathematical modelling of various sorts and experimental work involving machines with big buttons. As a sportsman, Simon has an unfortunate lack of talent for anything requiring skill, tactical awareness or the ability to learn from mistakes. He does however seem to posess the ability to move his legs around for a long time until other people get tired, for this reason you’re most likely to see him on a bike of some sort or running up a hill in offensively small shorts. Simon was fortunate enough to have a stint at the Guardian newspaper as part of the BSA’s media fellowship, which gave him the idea for this blog. Other than this, his writing experience includes his PhD thesis and various postcards to his Mum.

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