Professor Andy Harland


  • Director of Partnerships and Sport
  • Professor of Sports Technology
  • Director, Sports Technology Institute
  • Head of Sports Technology Research Group


  • Graduated from Loughborough University with a BEng. in Engineering Science and Technology before completing a Ph.D. in the Optical Engineering Research Group at Loughborough on the measurement of acousto optic interactions in association with the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington.
  • Joined the Sports Technology group as Lecturer in October 2001. Senior Lecturer 2007
  • Principal investigator on various EPSRC / IMCRC funded projects. Involved in collaborative research projects with numerous sports brands and played a significant role in the development and testing of soccer balls for the 2004, 2006 and 2008 EUFA European Championships and FIFA World Cup.

Research interests and activities

  • Mechanical design and analysis of sports equipment.
  • Dynamics and acoustics of sports products.
  • Development and application of non-contact optical and image based measurement techniques in sport.
  • Computer modelling of sports materials and products.
  • Soccer ball design, manufacture and performance analysis.
  • Finite element analysis of footwear.
  • Computer modelling of Apparel
  • Design and mechanical testing of protective equipment
  • Instrumentation and "smart" sports equipment

External activities

  • Professional affiliations: Member, International Sports Engineering Association, Member, Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Advisory Roles: Invited Technical Expert, International Cricket Council
  • Invited speaker: "Engineering Gold" BA Festival of Science, York, 2007. England and Wales Cricket Board, Level 4 (International) Master Coach Award
  • Referee for Journal of Sound and Vibration, Journal of Acoustical Society of America, Sports Engineering, Proceedings of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers
  • Invited Reviewer for Routledge Books


  • 2007: Second best paper at 6th World Congress of Science and Football "Soccer Ball Dynamic Force Measurement", Price, D.S., Harland, A.R., Jones, R.