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Professor Clive E Neal-Sturgess BSc, PhD, CEng, FIMechE, FIMMM, FHEA, FRSA.

Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering

University of Birmingham

Edgbaston

Birmingham B15 2TT

email: c.e.n.sturgess@bham.ac.uk

As Director of the Automotive Safety Centre for thirteen years I was in charge of the Birmingham section of the Co-operative Crash Injury Study (CCIS) financed by the DfT and a consortium of motor vehicle manufacturers. This has now been discontinued, leaving the UK as theonly developed country without an in-depth accident research activity. I have also been involved in successive European projects involving pedestrian injuries. I am a member of the Parliamentary advisory Committee on Transport Safety (PACTS), and a former member of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC).

My latest research is in Fracture Mechanics and the Entropy of Morbidity, Trauma and Mortality, to improve methods of injury severity scoring by using Entropy as the measure.

Key Experience:

As Director of the Automotive Safety Centre for thirteen years I was in charge of the Birmingham section of the Co-operative Crash Injury Study (CCIS) financed by the DfT and a consortium of motor vehicle manufacturers. I have also been involved in successive European projects involving pedestrian injuries. I am a member of the Parliamentary advisory Committee on Transport Safety (PACTS), and a former member of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC).

To date holder of 26 research contracts from EPSRC, DfT and EU, value £5.75m.

Professional History:

1965-67 Project Engineer, Clarkson International

1971-73 Chubb Res. Fellow, Dept. Mechanical Engineering, Univ. of Birmingham

1973-85 Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham

1985-89 Senior Lecturer, Dept. Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham

1989 on Jaguar Professor of Automotive Engineering, School of Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham

1990-92 Director of Research, School of Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering

1992-93 Director, Automotive Engineering Centre, School of Man. & Mech. Engineering

1993-97 Director of Undergraduate Studies, School of Man. & Mech. Engineering

1997-on Director of Automotive Safety Centre, School of Man. & Mech. Engineering

2001-04 Head of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, University of Birmingham

2004 on Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham

2006 on University Foundation Fellow

2008 Visiting Professor of Automotive safety at Coventry University

2010 Visiting Professor of Clinical Biomechanics at Birmingham City University

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

Chartered Engineer CEng 1981

Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (1987)

Fellow of the Institute of Materials (1995)

MEMBERSHIP OF OTHER BODIES

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member ITMA

Member of Engineering Integrity Society (EIS)

Affiliate Member, Institute of Physics

Member of the Engineering Professors' Council Executive

Chairman Professors and Heads of Mechanical Engineering

Chairman of the Birmingham Centre of the Automotive Division of IMechE

180 publications to date

I was educated at King Edward VI Nuneaton, and commenced my career as a Student Apprentice at Clarkson International, a manufacturer of machine tools.  After graduating with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Production Engineering from Lanchester College Coventry, I worked at the University of Birmingham on a research contract paid for by Clarkson’s, and took my PhD in the Forming of Tool Steels.  This work actually involved numerous impact investigations, which has been a recurring theme throughout my career.  I then became the Chubb Research Fellow investigating the high speed deformation properties of materials for use in safe and strong-room applications; again working in impact mechanics.  I was appointed as a Lecturer in 1973, progressed through a Senior Lectureship to the Jaguar Chair of Automotive Engineering in 1988, and was finally Head of Mechanical Engineering at Birmingham.  I spent the majority of my academic career researching Continuum Damage Mechanics and Finite Element Methods, and after being appointed as the Director of the Automotive Safety Centre I turned my attention to the deformation and damage of car occupants in impact conditions, again using Continuum damage mechanics concepts, in particular the application of the Clausius-Duhem Inequalty to injuries.  My current research interests cover fracture and fatigue of engineering materials, the thermomechanical modelling of injuries as damage to biomechanical systems, and the relationships between injury criteria for dummies and real world injuries via injury risk functions.

Website http://neal-sturgess.com