Catherine Dobson

Dr Catherine Dobson

Head of the Department of Engineering

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Department of Engineering

Summary

Catherine has had a long and varied career in engineering, working both in industry and academia.

An initial BSc in Metallurgy led to several industry roles including failure analyst, and welding engineering consultant in the oil and gas industry.

A change in career direction resulted in a PhD in Medical Engineering at the University of Hull, initiating her 20 year academic career which combines medical engineering research with mechanical engineering teaching interests.

Undergraduate

Catherine contributes to teaching on both the mechanical and the medical engineering portfolios, delivering the following:

Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering (Level 4)

Fundamentals of Medical Engineering (Level 4)

Mechanical Engineering Science (Level 4)

Engineering Global Challenge 1 (Level 4)

Stress Analysis and Applications of Finite Element Analysis (Level 6)

Finite Element Analysis for Modelling Medical and Biological Problems (Level 7)

Project supervision for individual undergraduate BEng and MEng and also MSc projects.

Journal Article

The mechanical loading and muscle activation of four common exercises used in osteoporosis prevention for early postmenopausal women

Montgomery, G., Abt, G., Dobson, C., Smith, T., Evans, W., & Ditroilo, M. (2019). The mechanical loading and muscle activation of four common exercises used in osteoporosis prevention for early postmenopausal women. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 44, 124-131. doi:10.1016/j.jelekin.2018.12.004

The effect of boundary constraints on finite element modelling of the human pelvis

Watson, P., Dostanpor, A., Fagan, M. J., & Dobson, C. A. (2017). The effect of boundary constraints on finite element modelling of the human pelvis. Medical engineering & physics, 43, 48-57. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.medengphy.2017.02.001

New insights into the biomechanics of Legg-Calvé-Perthes’ disease: The role of epiphyseal skeletal immaturity in vascular obstruction

Pinheiro, M., Dobson, C. A., Perry, D., & Fagan, M. J. (2018). New insights into the biomechanics of Legg-Calvé-Perthes’ disease: The role of epiphyseal skeletal immaturity in vascular obstruction. Bone & joint research, 7(2), 148-156. https://doi.org/10.1302/2046-3758.72.bjr-2017-0191.r1

The potential role of variations in juvenile hip geometry on the development of Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease: a biomechanical investigation

Pinheiro, M. D. S., Dobson, C., Clarke, N. M., & Fagan, M. (2018). The potential role of variations in juvenile hip geometry on the development of Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease: a biomechanical investigation. Computer methods in biomechanics and biomedical engineering, 21(2), 194-200. https://doi.org/10.1080/10255842.2018.1437151

Relationships between walking speed, T-score and age with gait parameters in older post-menopausal women with low bone mineral density

Dostanpor, A., Dobson, C. A., & Vanicek, N. (2018). Relationships between walking speed, T-score and age with gait parameters in older post-menopausal women with low bone mineral density. Gait and Posture, 64, 230-237. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gaitpost.2018.05.005

Research interests

Finite element analysis of biological problems, medical devices, musculoskeletal biomechanics

Postgraduate supervision

Cardiovascular stent fracture

Mechanobiology of bone, particularly bone development

Musculoskeletal biomechanics, particularly relating to osteoporosis

Medical device development