Professor Steve Haake
Professor of Sports Engineering, Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre
A sedentary lifestyle is one of the leading causes of preventable deaths, linked to increased chances of cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and mental health problems. Professor Steve Haake is a distinguished sports scientist who wants to use the same technological advances that keep people on the couch, to get people off the couch to exercise and live healthier lives.
Steve is the founding director of the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC), part of Sheffield Hallam University, which will act as the research hub for the National Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine in Sheffield. The AWRC is a 2012 Olympic Legacy project that will help people with medical needs to exercise more easily.
After receiving a £14 million investment from the Department of Health, the AWRC is on track to be the most advanced research and development centre for physical activity in the world. He is currently supporting the new mayor of South Yorkshire, Dan Jarvis, on an Active Travel strategy, aimed at supporting the region’s desire to be both more active and more productive economically.
Steve wants to get more people – and particularly women – into engineering, using sports equipment design for both able bodied and disabled athletes as the hook. His passion for sport, and the impact innovation and technology can have on it, drives the success of the numerous projects he has been involved in.