Jennifer Love, Northeastern University asked Sneha Tharayil, University of Texas at Austin

PostedTuesday, August 18, 2015 at 12:06 PM

Sneha, Would you be interested in collaborating with a former athletic footwear engineer on your friction "works in progress"
I saw your "Works in Progress" posting on LinkEngineering and I am thrilled that you would like to develop an athletic footwear friction unit.  I was a Performance Engineer at Reebok International in Massachusetts for 8 years and I specialized in traction design and friction testing of tennis, running, basketball, soccer, football, golf, walking, cross-training and casual shoes so I would be interested in working with you.  How much research have you done in this area, in terms of what the athletic footwear companies have published?  Check out the International Society of Footwear Biomechanics (  Let's connect!
2 Answers
  • Posted Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 6:01 PM
    Hi Sneha!
    I have a powerpoint about the engineering of shoes that I have put together.  I would love to share it with you in exchange for your unit!
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  • Sneha Tharayil , University of Texas at Austin
    Posted Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 12:57 PM
    Thank you so much for reaching out to me! I would LOVE to work with you. It was my biggest wish and desire to have professional engineers in the field to help evaluate lessons and provide real feedback to student projects. I hadn't done much research on shoe traction design and friction testing really when I developed and gave this project to my students. To be honest, this project idea sort of popped into my head as I was teaching my students about friction, and I decided to run with it (no pun intended) and it sort of unfolded itself right then and there. Upon evaluating and assessing my students' work, and reflecting on the assignment, I later realized the potential this project to be expanded into a really engaging, and rich unit. I also noticed how engaged and excited my students were with this project and they came up with some really unique and interesting ideas, so that only motivated me more to want to build upon this project.
    Thank you for that link to the ISFB! I didn't know such a society or journal even existed but wow, that is so exciting to see that such resources exist!
    Please please do email me at: I would really love to work with you to develop this further!
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