Professor Andy Long is Deputy Vice-Chancellor, leading the project on “Manufacturing techniques for optimised fibre architectures”. Having worked for 25 years in manufacturing and design of composite components, Prof Long has an international reputation for his work. He has led several collaborative EPSRC, TSB and industry funded projects, with a portfolio valued at £18million. Professor Long has supervised many PhD students, published three textbooks and 300 papers. He has twice received the IoMMM Composites Award for best published literature. In 2006 he received the Rosenhain Medal for his contribution to materials science and in 2014 was elected a SAMPE Fellow.