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Dr Clara Usma-Mansfield

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer, Engineering Design

Faculty

Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env

Department

School of Engineering

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Royal Melb Inst. of Technology, 2014
Bachelor of Engineering, Swinburne Univ. of Technology, 2007

Biography

Dr Usma-Mansfield (PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in Engineering Design at the School of Engineering at Deakin University Australia. Her expertise covers Design & Systems Thinking, Design Technology, Design for Additive Manufacturing, and R&D for MVP development in Sports Engineering and applications at the intersection of technology, design, artefacts, and people.

Clara received a B.Eng. (Honours) in Product Design Engineering from Swinburne University in 2007. She obtained her PhD from the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at RMIT University, Melbourne, in 2014. During her doctoral studies, Clara investigated systems and user-centric design for mechanical performance optimisation in assistive technology for elite parasports. Clara provided performance relationships between various levels of athletic ability and the ergonomics and biomechanical features of athlete's chairs to inform equipment design and customisation. Clara collaborated with the Australian Wheelchair Rugby Squad in preparation for the 2012 London Paralympics, where they achieved Australia's first Paralympic gold medal in wheelchair rugby. She initially joined Deakin University as a postdoctoral research fellow and was promoted to Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Engineering Design in the School of Engineering.

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Biography summary

Dr Usma-Mansfield (PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in Engineering Design at the School of Engineering at Deakin University Australia. Clara leads work for the school in Design Thinking & Applied Innovation, Engineering Design, Product Development, and Design for Additive Manufacturing. Clara is presently engaged in significant projects servicing the Australian Department of Education, The Australian Defence Force and associated contractors in developing innovation training frameworks to advance technological adoption and discrete skills in processes driving digital transformation and Industry 4.0 technologies. Her work also serves innovation acceleration programs for the regional Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Hub - Manufutures, and she works in close collaboration with research partners in the University of Bayreuth Chair of Biomechanics in Germany, Australian Army Research Centre (AARC), QinetiQ Engineering, and regional SMEs seeking engagement with R&D fund her research projects. 

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Research interests

  • Sports Engineering
  • Design for Additive Manufacturing
  • Applied Innovation
  • Design Technologies

Units taught

  • SED304 - Product Development
  • SEM721 - Engineering Design
  • SEM724 - Design for additive Manufacturing

Knowledge areas

  • Product Design and Development 
  • Design and Systems Thinking
  • Human-Centric Design
  • Design for Additive Manufacturing
  • Process Optimisation
  • Agile Applied Innovation

Professional activities

  • Jury Member for Cirp Purmundus Challenge - International competition for design in 3D and 4D printing
  • Gender Equity Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce Lead for School of Engineering

Projects

Current Projects:

  • 2023 - Deakin Lead CI: Army Applied Innovation Training Program - Australian Army (AARC-RICO-QinetiQ Engineering) - $148,185
  • 2023 - Lead Ci: MakerSpace Facilitators Program - QinetiQ Engineering - $40,546

Publications

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2023

An Experimental Investigation of the Mechanical Performance of EPS Foam Core Sandwich Composites Used in Surfboard Design

Sam Crameri, Filip Stojcevski, Clara Usma-Mansfield

(2023), Vol. 15, pp. 1-19, Polymers, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

A Combined Reverse Engineering and Multi-Criteria Decision-Making Approach for Remanufacturing a Classic Car Part

Aye Kyaw, Niko Nagengast, Clara Usma-Mansfield, Franz Fuss

(2023), Vol. 119, pp. 222-228, Procedia CIRP, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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2018

Study of bio-mimicry surfaces for optimization of coupling performance in wheelchair racing gloves

Clara Usma, N Volk, D Elderfield, P Collins

(2018), Vol. Volume 2, pp. 1-7, ISEA 2018 : Proceedings : The 12th Conference of the International Sports Engineering Association, Brisbane, Queensland, E1

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Identifying lead users for user-centered design (UCD) in sports product development

Robert Leen, Clara Usma, Kaja Antlej, Paul Collins

(2018), Vol. Volume 2, pp. 1-6, ISEA 2018 : Proceedings : The 12th Conference of the International Sports Engineering Association, Brisbane, Queensland, E1

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Analysis of Thermal-Regulation and Comfort Associated with User Perceptions and Garment Performance

Paul Collins, Rory Purdie, Kris Hinck, Chelsea Leissner, Bart Scicchitano, Robert Gathercole, Clara Usma-Mansfield

(2018), Vol. 2, pp. 1-6, ISEA 2018 : Proceedings of the 12th International Sports Engineering Association Conference, Brisbane, Qld., E1

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2017

Shape optimisation of a snowboard binding highback. A case study of generative design process comparison

R Leen, K Antlej, C Usma Alvarez, P Collins

(2017), pp. 73-83, DesTech 2016: Proceedings of the International Conference on Design and Technology, Geelong, Vic., E1

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2016

Development and validation of a miniature programmable tDCS device

A Kouzani, S Jaberzadeh, M Zoghi, C Usma, M Parastarfeizabadi

(2016), Vol. 24, pp. 192-198, IEEE transactions on neural systems and rehabilitation engineering, Piscataway, N.J., C1

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Fabrication of biocompatible enclosures for an electronic implant using 3D printing

S Adams, A Kouzani, M Mohammed, C Usma Alvarez, S Tye

(2016), Vol. 6, pp. 17-32, International journal of rapid manufacturing, Olney, Eng., C1

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User Centric Design, Data Analysis and Performance of Snowboard Bindings

P Collins, R Leen, C Alvarez

(2016), Vol. 147, pp. 437-442, Procedia Engineering, Delft, NETHERLANDS, C1

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2015

3D printed biocompatible enclosures for an implantable DBS microdevice

S Adams, A Kouzani, M Mohammed, C Usma Alvarez, S Tye

(2015), Vol. 20, pp. 155-161, Procedia technology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Design and fabrication of a capacitance based wearable pressure sensor using e-textiles

A Arogbonlo, C Usma, A Kouzani, I Gibson

(2015), Vol. 20, pp. 270-275, Procedia technology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Fabrication of force sensor circuits on wearable conductive textiles

C Usma, A Kouzani, J Chua, A Arogbonlo, S Adams, I Gibson

(2015), Vol. 20, pp. 263-269, Procedia technology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

An approach for personalised product development

M Kajtaz, B Witherow, C Usma Alvarez, M Brandt, A Subic

(2015), Vol. 20, pp. 191-198, Procedia technology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article
2014

User-centered design customization of rugby wheelchairs based on the Taguchi method

C Usma-Alvarez, F Fuss, A Subic

(2014), Vol. 136, pp. 041001-041001, Journal of Mechanical Design, United States, C1-1

journal article

Are you a designer or an engineer? We are both. An insight into product design engineering through graduate reflection

B Kuys, C Usma-Alvarez, C Ranscombe

(2014), pp. 1353-1368, DRS 2014 : Designs big debates. Pushing the boundaries of design research : Proceedings of the Design Research Society 2016 Conference, Umea, Sweden, E1

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2011

Effects of rugby wheelchair design on output velocity and acceleration

C Usma-Alvarez, F Fuss, A Subic

(2011), Vol. 13, pp. 315-321, Procedia Engineering, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Development and Evaluation of a Perceptive Roll Control Ankle Support Brace for POD

Prof Abbas Kouzani, Dr Clara Usma-Mansfield, Dr Jason Bonacci

Department of Industry

  • 2016: $21,548

Foundational Lateral Thinking AARC MakerSpace Facilitated Learning Area.

Dr Clara Usma-Mansfield, Prof Jennifer Loy

DSTO contract

  • 2022: $43,437
  • 2021: $53,256

Virtual Trade (Additive Manufacturing) Pilot Program for the RAAF.

Prof Bernard Rolfe, Dr Matt Jennings, Dr Clara Usma-Mansfield

Department of Defence

  • 2022: $167,283

Design and delivery of a Graduate Certificate of Secondary Design and Technologies.

Dr John Cripps Clark, Dr Clara Usma-Mansfield, Dr George Aranda, Dr Matt Jennings, A/Prof Peta White, Mr Rob McHenry, Dr Seamus Delaney, A/Prof Siva Krishnan, Dr Jo Raphael, A/Prof Julianne Lynch, Prof Linda Hobbs

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2024: $107,324
  • 2023: $522,584

Industry and Other Funding

Development and Evaluation of a Perceptive Roll Control Ankle Support Brace for POD

Prof Abbas Kouzani, Dr Clara Usma-Mansfield, Dr Jason Bonacci

POD Active Pty Ltd

  • 2015: $49,800

Sleep Safe Baby Bag Smart Monitoring System

Prof Abbas Kouzani, Dr Clara Usma-Mansfield

Hearsch Industries Pty Ltd

  • 2015: $13,236

3D Printing for Improved Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Services in Aid scenarios

Dr Mazher Mohammed, Dr Clara Usma-Mansfield

Start Some Good, English Family Foundation, Plan International Australia

  • 2017: $82,059

Proof of Concept Validation: Connections for Knee Brace Design

Dr Clara Usma-Mansfield, Prof Abbas Kouzani, Dr Jason Bonacci

POD Active Pty Ltd

  • 2017: $8,277

Gale Pacific Design Investigation

A/Prof Paul Collins, Dr Kaja Antlej, Dr Clara Usma-Mansfield

Gale Pacific Limited

  • 2017: $10,000

Geelong Orthotics Design Investigation

A/Prof Paul Collins, Dr Kaja Antlej, Dr Clara Usma-Mansfield, Dr Mazher Mohammed

Geelong Orthotics

  • 2017: $10,000

Design and Development of Athletic Apparel with respect to Biomechanics

A/Prof Paul Collins, Dr Clara Usma-Mansfield, Dr Jason Bonacci, Dr Samantha Hoffmann

Lululemon Athletica - Canada

  • 2018: $25,000
  • 2017: $15,000

Proof of Concept: Improved Mouthguard Design for Impact Sports

Dr Clara Usma-Mansfield, A/Prof Paul Collins, Dr Mariana Paulino, Mr Kris Hinck, Dr Samantha Hoffmann

Ross Clark

  • 2017: $25,000

Design and Validation of Athletic Resistance Garment

A/Prof Paul Collins, Dr Mariana Paulino, Dr Samantha Hoffmann, Mr Kris Hinck, Dr Clara Usma-Mansfield

6 O'Clock Enterprises

  • 2019: $24,592
  • 2018: $98,371

Army Applied Innovation Program Development

Dr Clara Usma-Mansfield, Dr Matt Jennings, Prof Bernard Rolfe

Qinetiq Pty Ltd

  • 2024: $40,787
  • 2023: $40,787

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2023

Robert Leen

Thesis entitled: UTILISING LEAD USERS FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM BUSINESS¿ (SME) PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT PROCESSES

Master of Engineering, School of Engineering

2022

Angus Fitzpatrick

Thesis entitled: A Systematic Approach to 3D-printed Cast Manufacturing

Master of Engineering, School of Engineering

2016

Vikram Ganapathy Nadar

Thesis entitled: A Wireless Networked Embedded System for Product Usage Monitoring

Master of Engineering, School of Engineering