Coventry University, UK
Dr James Shippen
On graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Leeds, James was employed by Marconi Underwater Systems Ltd in Portsmouth from 1982 – 1984 where he analysed the design of torpedoes. This introduced him to the application of mathematical modelling and simulation in which he has been involved ever since. Following an unexpected occurrence of conscience, James moved from the defence industry to the automotive industry where worked in the Design Analysis department of the Austin Rover Group specialising in dynamic finite element analysis. Shortly afterwards Austin Rover identified a need for an acoustic analysis capability of its vehicles however this was not available in any commercially available package. Therefore James was tasked with writing the code to perform the coupled structural/acoustic analysis for which he was awarded a PhD by the University of Birmingham and offered a lectureship in 1988 in the Mechanical Engineering department.
Whilst at the University of Birmingham James was the Director of the Biomedical Engineering course and researched the application of engineering analytical theory to biological systems specialising in motion analysis. In 2001 James was subsequently offered the position of Technical Direction by Marlbrook Ltd, a motion analysis company, where he worked for 7 years before returning to academia to undertake research and develop biomechanical software at Coventry University. James was introduced to Brian and Robin through a mutual acquaintance at Brunel University where he first encountered the challenges and possibilities of FES rowing as an application of biomechanical analysis to help re-address the dramatic loss of bone in the lower limbs after SCI.