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Leigh is currently the Subject Area Leader for Mechanical Engineering in the School of Computing and Engineering. After graduating with a BEng(hons) in Engineering Design: Mechanical from the University, she continued her studies completing a PhD in “The Use of 3D Analysis Techniques to Investigate the Wear of Femoral Stems in Total Hip Replacment” before moving into industry, working for DePuy International in their research and test department.

Since returning to academia, Leigh has worked on a number of research projects including: SOLADIM, a DTI funded project to investigate defect detection in semi-conductor materials; a number of industrial projects looking at the use of surface metrology to optimise manufacturing processes and functionality; investigations into wear of a range of orthopaedic implants; and NanoMEND, an FP7 project to investigate the possibilities of online measurement, detection and repair of defects in roll to roll processes.

Currently Leigh is expanding her measurement knowledge to apply to healthcare situations and recently wrote an editorial for Wounds UK to show how Engineers can work collaboratively with clinicians to improve the quality of basic care offered.

Her acadmic duties include teaching of Materials, Thermofluids and Investigative Studies. She is course leader for the Engineering Foundation Year and is also the Athena Swann Champion for the department. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has a PGCert in Higher Education Practice.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Development of techniques to model skin integrity
  • Innovations in woundcare
  • Fretting wear of femoral stems in total hip replacement
  • Applications of surface metrology
  • Measurement of pressure shear and friction

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Research Expertise and Interests

  • Mechanical Testing
  • Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Photovoltaics
  • Hip
  • Tribology
  • Wear Testing
  • Medical Engineering
  • Metrology
  • Engineering Education
  • Mechanical Design
  • Quantitative Research
  • Atomic Layer Deposition


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