A visiting lecturer from England will deliver a graduate seminar on �€?The Pole Vault for Engineers�€? Monday, June 12, at West Virginia University .


Stephen Kukureka, a lecturer in engineering from the University of Birmingham , will speak at 2 p.m. in Room G83 of the Engineering Sciences Building on the Evansdale Campus.


The seminar, sponsored by the WVU Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, is free and open to the public.


�€?Pole vaulting depends on the athlete’s efforts �€involving biomechanics �€and on the pole �€involving materials science,�€? Kukureka said. �€?The increases in the heights achieved over the years in the sport are related to athletes’improving abilities, as well as to the change in materials used to construct the poles. This lecture will review the biomechanics of vaulting, the development of vaulting poles and the requirements to maximize performance.�€?


Kukureka was born in England . He earned a bachelor’s degree from Bristol University and a doctorate in materials science from Cambridge University . He is a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a fellow of the Institute of Materials , Minerals and Mining and was a visiting professor of polymer science at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst from 2000 to 2005.


Kukureka’s current research is in the areas of mechanical properties of polymers and composites for applications in tribology, along with bioengineering and sports materials.


Other research interests include the mechanical reliability of functional materials for optical fibres, sensors and flexible displays.