University of Bath appoints Professor of Healthcare Engineering
16 August 2012
The University of Bath has appointed Professor Richie Gill to
pull together multi-disciplinary expertise in healthcare engineering
from across the institution.
Professor Gill leaves a role as Group Head of the Oxford Orthopaedic
Engineering Centre which he has held for the past 12 years, and as
University Lecturer in the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics,
Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences.
With a degree and early career in aerospace engineering, Professor
Gill made the move to healthcare when he started his DPhil degree at
Oxford, followed by a two-year appointment as an Assistant Professor
at the University of Calgary.
He brings a wealth of experience in both academic and industrial
healthcare engineering to the role, which will be based in the
University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering.
At Bath, Professor Gill will continue his research interests in
Orthopaedics, maintaining his collaborations with Oxford, as well as
developing new projects in the wider field of healthcare.
research covers the development of novel assessment methodologies
and computational models to understand musculoskeletal function
together with clinical studies with the overall aim of improving
He will also be responsible for assessing the broad range of
healthcare engineering research currently taking place, with the aim
of establishing opportunities for collaboration between different
groups, and exploiting the knowledge and expertise within the
Professor Gill said: “My research and experience has combined
laboratory-based research with clinical research and mathematical
modelling, applying engineering methods to orthopaedic problems.
“I am bringing to Bath experience of the clinical environment in
which these solutions are required to work, and a wealth of
involvement in multi-disciplinary research. I feel this is going to
help me in my wider remit here of developing links with researchers
across the University interested in the healthcare applications of
Professor Tony Miles, Head of the Department of Mechanical
Engineering, has previously collaborated with Professor Gill in
orthopaedic research. He said: “We’re thrilled to be adding
Professor Gill’s experience in both the academic and clinical
aspects of biomechanics to our Department. His extensive experience
will be an asset to our current orthopaedic research, and to the
future of healthcare engineering throughout the University”