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Inaugural Lecture - Professor Andy Harland

  • 17 January 2018
  • 5pm (with refreshments from 4:30pm)
  • Lecture Theatre WPT.0.03, West Park Teaching Hub

About this event

After a childhood of sporting dreams and a very brief career as a non-league footballer, Andy Harland realised if he was going to have a career in sport, it was not going to be on the field of play. And with a first degree in Engineering and a PhD in Opto-acoustic interactions his sporting future looked to be in some jeopardy. Until a chance meeting with Professor Roy Jones opened the door to a world of sports equipment research, where engineering has the potential to change lives and bring smiles to faces.

Combining Loughborough’s key strengths of sport and engineering, opened great possibilities and Professor Harland has been fortunate to have worked with leading brands including adidas and Dunlop Slazenger, International Sports Federations including FIFA, International Cricket Council and International Hockey Federation as well as National Governing Bodies such as England & Wales Cricket Board and UK Sport in developing and understanding equipment and the influence it can have on sport and people around the world.

This lecture will attack a number of notable research projects, dribbling through some novel measurement techniques, exchanging passes with advances in footwear, crossing the world to understand global attitudes to football pitches and heading on towards impact protection before shooting with a series of world cup footballs. Reflecting on his experiences across a range of sports, Professor Harland will discuss the future of equipment design and ask whether other sectors might benefit from research in sport.

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Jess East
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