Professor Mike Caine

Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for Sport and Professor of Sport Technology and Innovation

Professor Mike Caine

Mike was the inaugural Dean of Loughborough University London (2013-2018). Mike is currently working with colleagues at MIT on research pertaining to innovation-driven entrepreneurship ecosystems.

Mike has a First Class Honours Degree from Loughborough University and a PhD from the University of Birmingham. He is a Professor of Sports Technology and Innovation and was the inaugural Director of Loughborough's Sports Technology Institute from 2006-2010.

Mike has collaborated with many of the world's leading sporting goods brands, developing and commercialising new products. He is also the founder of two spin-out companies.

Academic background

Mike has an outstanding and extensive academic record. He has authored circa 70 peer reviewed papers in engineering, medical, sport and education journals and conference proceedings, and presented research outputs around the globe (throughout Europe and the USA and in Australia, China and Japan). He has also authored, or edited, approximately 100 confidential technical reports. Mike has been a named investigator on 22 research awards since 2000, with a total cash value to Loughborough University in excess of £18 million.

For two years (2011-2012) he co-chaired the Working Group for a Centre for Industry and Higher Education Task Force, entitled Enhancing Value from UK Research and Development.

He has also worked with senior figures in HEFCE, EPSRC, Innovate UK and BIS and with leaders across multiple sectors, including Ministers, University Vice-Chancellors and CEO’s of FTSE 100 companies.

He created a Research Institute in Singapore in partnership with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Singaporean Economic Development Board (EDB), securing support for 40 joint PhDs between Loughborough and NTU.

Mike was also the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of the ISI-listed Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology, Part P, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (2008-2012). Furthermore, Mike has convened an Editorial Board including academics from Imperial, MIT, Princeton, Stanford and UCL, in addition to Heads of R&D within Adidas, Callaway and Nike.

Mike's accolades include:

  • Winning the Professional Engineering Innovation Award (2008) and Best Research Group Support for Industry
  • Being shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Engineering Research Team (2009)

Current research and collaborations

Mike is actively scoping research opportunities and consortia building within the field of Advanced Propulsion, particularly in the area of Digital Engineering. Industrial partner organisations include Autodesk, AVL, Cosworth, HSSMI, Ford and McLaren amongst others.

Current PhD / research supervisions

Mike has supervised to completion numerous PhD's in the field of Sports Technology and Innovation. Many of his former students progressed to senior roles within Sporting Goods (e.g. Lululemon, Nike, Reebok Fitness, Speedo), Innovation Consultancies (e.g. Happen, PA Consulting) and Technology sector (e.g. Apple).

His current interests include investigating how to create optimal entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems at a macro (i.e. regional level) and mirco i.e. (individual Innovation Centre / intervention) level.

Interests and activities

Mike is the Co-founder and Director of Progressive Sports Technologies, a spin-out company that has generated and licensed several patents and provided innovation consultancy services to many of the world's leading sporting goods brands since 2001.

Mike is also the Chair of Board for the Youth Sport Direct (linked to Charity - Youth Sports Trust) and a Trustee and Board Member for the Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence.

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