Dr Pete Watson joined the School of Engineering in February 2015 as lecturer in Mechanical Engineering. His research entails experimental and computational modelling of anatomical features, with the aim of investigating the functional relationship between skeletal adaptation and biomechanical environments. Since completing a PhD investigating the influence of age-related locomotive activities and bone growth in the pelvis, he has used a range of computational modelling techniques to analyse the biomechanics during movement in several species and anatomical features.
Dr Watson has worked on a several projects applying 3D visualization, multi-body dynamics and finite element analysis to investigate the link between form and function, and the potential clinical applications of this knowledge. These projects include research into pelvic and skull biomechanics, skull bone architecture, effects of exercise training on muscle recruitment and movement, and the development and validation of computational modelling techniques for the direct application to in silico medicine. He also has a research interest in the application of integrated experimental and computational techniques to analyse bone fracture mechanics, and the surgical treatments aimed to correct limb dysfunction.
Teaching and Learning
Dr Watson teaches on a range of modules on the Mechanical Engineering and Medical Engineering programmes:
Mechanical Engineering Design (Level 5)
Stress Analysis and Applications of Finite Element Analysis (Level 6)
Computer Aided Analysis and CADCAM (Level 6)
Musculoskeletal Modelling (Level 7)
In addition, he is also an Admission Tutor and supervises projects for final year and MSc students.