Laura O'Shea



Loughborough University, Frome Community College


Master of Science in Engineering Design, Bachelor of Science in Sports Technology

Work History:

Progressive Sports Technologies, Nike, adidas

Current Job:

Materials and Testing Developer


Canterbury of NZ

Me and my work

I aim to make sure our new fabrics and products can withstand the highest demands of performance so that athletes can rely upon them to train and play at their best.

My Typical Day

Always start the day with porridge. Then it will be a mix of finding materials that meet the needs of designers, setting up testing sessions with teams or labs, and reviewing test data. Maybe an evening run to round it all off!

What I'd do with the money

Produce a workshop that can go around schools so that young people can get to grips with the engineering that goes in to making your favourite sports team’s kit!

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Curious, adventurous, tongue-in-cheek

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Florence + the Machine

What's your favourite food?

Pizza. And chocolate. I’ve definitely had both at the same time (Nutella pizza, anyone?!)

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Being on the same basketball court as the USA’s biggest stars at the London 2012 Olympics

What did you want to be after you left school?

Sports Engineer/Scientist

Were you ever in trouble at school?

Sometimes… usually for having pen fights!

What was your favourite subject at school?

P.E. and Science

What's the best thing you've done as an engineer?

Designed and made a frame to help people with disabilities take part in athletics

If you weren't an engineer, what would you be?


Tell us a joke.

What do you call a man with no shins? Tony.

Other stuff

Work photos:

Take a look at this video which shows a workshop some friends and I did at the Science Museum around the time of the London 2012 Olympics! We showed how technology and engineering is used to develop the shoes sprinters wear, can tell us how high someone has jumped and also who makes it first over the finish line!

High-speed video finish line technology:


Me using a force plate to measure ground contact forces and time of flight: