Andy Harland joined the sports technology group at Loughborough University in October 2001 and has been a senior lecturer since 2007. He has been director of the Sports Technology Institute since 2012.
He graduated from Loughborough with a B.Eng. 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.
He has been 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.
He researchers into safety in sport and has recently contributed towards the revision of safety standards for cricket helmets.