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School of Mechanical Engineering
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005
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Telephone: +61 8 8313 5460
Facsimile: +61 8 8313 4367

Sports Engineering: About Us


We are concerned with all aspects of sports engineering. Our team members are internationally recognised and focus on fundamental and applied research in:

  • Aerodynamics
  • Biomechanics
  • Equipment design
  • Innovative instrumentation
  • Material science


Adelaide sports engineers give Tour cyclists the edge

Congratulations to Richard Kelso, Ryan Leknys and others involved for the media coverage of their excellent work on cycling helmet aerodynamics (24th June, 2016)

Sports Engineering in Tasmania

The Mercury recently ran an article on sports engineering, featuring a list of honours projects from The University of Adelaide (31st July 2013, p21).

New helmet design to give a pro cycling edge

Associate Professor Richard Kelso has led a project investigating the aerodynamics of cycling helmets for Scott Sports, a Switzerland-based sporting goods company and sponsor of the Australian professional road racing team Orica GreenEDGE. The helmet saw its first public appearance at the recent Milan-San Remo road race in Italy. Further information is available in the media release.

Adelaide becomes an ASTN member

The University of Adelaide, School of Mechanical Engineering, has joined the Australian Sports Technology Network, a national collaborative network focussed on developing Australia’s sports technologies industry.

Students in the public eye

Second-year University of Adelaide sports engineering students Amy Lewis and Michael Stevenson feature in the Adelaide Advertiser (23rd July 2011, page 13). They have demonstrated that running shoes can allow wearers to run faster.

Sports engineering honours students Cameron Chitty, Mitchell Parker, Richard Borelli and Max Schlicker have developed a prototype bowling machine which does not require electricity to operate. Further information is available in an article in the Adelaide Advertiser (18th October 2011, page 27) .

Adelaide Sports Engineering Lab Launch

Our Sports Engineering Laboratory was officially opened by The Hon. Kate Ellis MP on 6th October, 2011. An article outlining the laboratory launch featured in the Adelaide Advertiser (7th October 2011, page 3), and on 891 ABC Adelaide radio.

Australian Sports Engineering Workshop

We held the inaugural ‘Australian Sports Engineering Workshop', aimed at building and strengthening collaborations and working relationships between Sports Engineers and research institutions around Australia. Further details available from the workshop website.