Philip Harrison is a composite manufacturing and materials engineer. He pioneered what has now become the widely accepted standard theoretical analysis of the most popular engineering fabric shear characterisation test. He has made innovations in the comprehensive modelling of textile forming mechanics, allowing ever more accurate finite element simulations of manufacturing defects such as fabric wrinkling. His current focus is on inventing a novel approach to manufacturing low-cost steered fibre laminates and developing a radical new processing technology for advanced thermoplastic composites. His expertise in fabric mechanics has recently led him into cross-disciplinary collaboration with conservationists, working on strain measurement on historic tapestries hanging in Scottish museums. Philip started work in the Materials and Manufacturing Group at the University of Glasgow in 2005. Prior to this he worked in several internationally leading groups in Europe, including: the Composites Group at the University of Nottingham, the Materials Group in the Technical University of Eindhoven, the Centre de Mise en Forme in the Ecole des Mines de Paris and the Rheology Group in the University of Wales at Aberystwyth.