Who We Are

Advanced Structural Dynamics Evaluation Centre (ASDEC) was launched in July 2014. We are an autonomous testing facility within the University of Leicester. Set up to make University level expertise available to industry, we are based at the MIRA Technology Park – a growing hub of high-tech service providers in the automotive, defence, aerospace, and power generation industries. Find out more about our applications.

Why We Do What We Do

With our unique combination of facility, equipment, and expertise, ASDEC brings many advantages to industry. Find out more about the benefits we could bring to you and your business.



ASDEC is the UK’s first commercial 3D vibration consultancy and modal analysis centre based upon advanced, non-contact laser Doppler vibrometry measurements. We are supported by experts at the University of Leicester; ASDEC makes world-leading structural dynamics expertise available to UK engineering businesses.


The Team

The ASDEC staff team are experienced engineers and executives from the industry. Having worked in businesses like those that ASDEC serves, they understand the needs and approach of their customers. They are supported in turn by their colleagues at the University, whose research work keeps ASDEC at the forefront of the field.


Meet The Team


Stephen Garrett

Director of ASDEC

Professor Garrett is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and Head of Computational Engineering & Control at the University of Leicester.
He is also the Director of Research for Engineering, and Deputy Director of Research for the College of Science and Engineering. Stephen provides a bridge to a wide academic community. Stephen’s own background is in fluid mechanics, computational engineering and applied mathematics.

Martin Cockrill

NVH Specialist

Leads ASDEC’s measurement work, an expert in acoustics and vibration with over 20 years in the automotive industry.
he is ideally placed to understand the measurement and testing needs of ASDEC’s customers. He holds a degree in Acoustics and Vibration from Southampton University.

Moira Cooper

Finance & Quality Officer

Moira has 30 years commercial management and administrative experience, with both large multinational companies and SMEs.
She is able to offer the team and the customer the best care and attention when dealing with ASDEC.

Chris Howe

Business Development

Chris works with new business focusing on UK and European grant funding.
Chris studied Physics at University before his previous career in the Royal Air Force as both an Operational Pilot and Trainer, Chris was also a subject matter expert for equipment development.

Max Chowanietz

NVH Engineer

Max has an honours degree in Engineering from The University of Leicester and industrial experience working with Toyota Motor Corp. in Asia.
Max’s role is to support the management team and technical experts in undertaking measurements and developing computer modelling and simulation techniques to meet the needs of ASDEC’s customers.

David Baldwin


David has gained experience in working with many, diverse sections of the engineering industry.
With experience encompassing IT and electro-mechanical peripherals gained in frontline support, joining the brake refinement team at JLR, and having worked with a range of small businesses and his previous experience with Polytec’s PSV500 Vibrometry System further contributes to the team’s flexibility.

Jack Robinson

Graduate Engineer

Jack has a degree in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Sheffield
with experience in dealing with a wide variety of projects. He assists the technical team in many aspects, including taking measurements and analysing data, in order to provide the best service for ASDEC’s customers.

Dr Mateusz Bocian

Structural Dynamics Lecturer

Mateusz has been engaged in a number of commercial activities conducted for government bodies and major engineering consultancies
such as e.g. ARUP, Atkins and Buro Happold, both in the UK and abroad. These activities range from testing performance of full-scale structures and experimental data analysis to software development, and encompass the area of structural dynamics, vibration serviceability and biomechanics. Mateusz also has experience in developing custom experimental test rigs and instrumentation solutions.

Dr Jian Chen

Lecturer in Vibration (Space Systems)

Jian has over a decade of experience in vibration, acoustics (vibroacoustics and aeroacoustics)
machine condition monitoring, structural health monitoring and prognostic health monitoring in automotive, aerospace, maritime, and general industries. Has set up broad and strong networks with the engineers/researchers in both industry and academia, including Siemens/LMS, Rolls-Royce plc, Shell, University of Southampton, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), INSA Lyon (France).