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Nick Hamilton

Nick Hamilton BEng(Hons). PGcert.

Principal Research Fellow

Summary

Nick Hamilton is a principal research fellow at the Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER) and works design, innovation, analysis and manufacture of sports products. He has developed a wide variety of products for a diverse range of sporting companies from ice skates to carbon fibre time trial bikes, golf clubs to hang glider components. In addition to his research, Nick leads the CSER Design Engineering research theme group and is vice chair of the Outdoor recreation research group.

  • About

    Nick Hamilton is a principal research fellow at the Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER). His research interests centralise around the design, innovation, analysis and manufacture of sports products. 

    Nick studied mechanical engineering at Swansea University before joining CSER in 2006. His current research supports a diverse variety of partners in the sports industry in the design engineering of their products; from ice skates to carbon fibre time trial bikes, golf clubs to hang glider components. With the intention of prevention of injury, improving performance and increasing participation.  

    Nick also leads the CSER design engineering research theme group and supervises several PhD students. Alongside his research Nick is heavily involved in the organisation of running of multiple Sheffield based cycling events and groups He is the co-founder of This is Sheffield, a director of Blue Steel strength and conditioning, vice chair of the Outdoor Recreational Research Group and freelance writing for mountain bike publications.

    Areas of interest:

    • Sports Engineering
    • Sports Equipment Design
    • CAD
    • Product Design & development
    • Product analysis
    • Golf
    • Mountain biking 
    • Snow sports 
  • Teaching

    MSc Sports Engineering:

    • Innovation and enterprise
    • Computer simulation of sports equipment


  • Research

    Research centre:

    • Centre for Sports engineering Research (CSER)

    Research theme groups:

    Current research projects:

    • Active Environments – Harworth Estates and HEIF
    • STRI Trueness meters
    • Paper Retail  Assessment 

    Collaborators and sponsors:

    • English Institute of Sport Innovation and Technology Partnership
    • Rocca Creative
    • Harworth Estates and HEIF
  • Publications

  • Postgraduate supervision

    Current supervised PhD students

    • Adams, C., Evaluating the performance of snowboard wrist protectors 
    • Newton-Mann, C., Finite Element Modelling of Snowboard Wrist Protectors

    Completed supervised PhD students:

    • Domone, S., Validation and uncertainty of inverse dynamics analysis applied to high acceleration movements, June 2014 
  • Media

    Nick Hamilton is a principal research fellow at the Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER) and works design, innovation, analysis and manufacture of sports products. He has developed a wide variety of products for a diverse range of sporting companies from ice skates to carbon fibre time trial bikes, golf clubs to hang glider components. In addition to his research, Nick leads the CSER design engineering research theme group and vice chair of the Outdoor Recreation Research Group; a unique multidisciplinary unit focused on delivering interdisciplinary consultancy and research in the outdoor sector. 

    The Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER) is led by Dr David James. It is the world's largest academic group in sports engineering and an internationally renowned centre of excellence for research and knowledge transfer. The centre's work is based on four research disciplines; applied computing, biomechanics, design engineering, and skill acquisition. In each area, researchers develop fundamental knowledge and deliver applied solutions to enhance athletic performance, reduce injury and promote physical activity. 

    CSER works in partnership with many sport, health and commercial organisations. We are immensely proud of our work with Team GB Olympic, and Paralympic athletes, and we enjoy research partnerships with global organisations such as the International Tennis Federation, FIFA, and Adidas. 

     Areas of expertise:

    • Sports Engineering
    • Sports Equipment Design
    • CAD
    • Product Design & development
    • Product analysis
    • Golf
    • Mountain biking 
    • Snow sports 

    Notable media coverage:

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