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


Sarah Hainsworth

Director of ASDEC

Professor Hainsworth is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Head Engineering at the University of Leicester.
Her advice is sought by leading industrial companies. She has led major industrial projects in the areas of materials, lubricants and power generation and propulsion machinery, and is regularly asked to act as an expert witness due to her expertise in forensic engineering. Sarah is the scientific head of ASDEC. Her role is to ensure that the latest advances from the world of scientific research are fed through to ASDEC, so that the skills, methodologies and equipment remain state of the art.

Amy Stubbs

General Manager

Amy graduated with a BEng Hons (1995) in Electroacoustics from the department of Applied Acoustics at the University of Salford.
She has over 15 years of practical experience in acoustics and vibration including working for MIRA, Jaguar Land Rover, LMS and Alstom Transport. She has been involved in many projects covering rail, automotive and aerospace applications as well as providing training in the field. Latterly she has been focused on business development and sales management and has most recently been managing director at PCB Piezotronics Ltd.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Max Chowanietz

Structural 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.

Rhys Cowsill

Technical Sales Engineer

Rhys has previously worked as a parachute jumping instructor in the Royal Air Force.
He went on to work for the University of Leicester promoting the use of satellite-based earth observation technology. Working as a Technical Applications Sales Engineer, Rhys is now tasked with generating more business for ASDEC mainly in the automotive, aerospace and energy-generation sectors.

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.