Dr Philip Harrison is Senior Lecturer in Materials in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Glasgow University where his research is concerned with the experimental characterisation and numerical modelling of a broad range of materials including textile composites, smart materials (magneto-rheological elastomers and shape memory polymers) and polymeric foams. Prior to working at Glasgow, Dr Harrison conducted materials-related research in several internationally leading groups in Europe, including: The Composites Group at the University of Nottingham, UK (2001-2005), The Materials Group in the Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands (1999-2001), The Centre de Mise en Forme in the Ecole des Mines de Paris, France (1997-1999) and The Rheology Group in the University of Wales at Aberystwyth, UK (1992-1997).Dr Harrison served as President of the Scottish Association of Metals (2013-2015) and has been a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers since 2006 and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He served as Lead Guest Editor for a special edition of the journal Advances in Materials Science and Engineering (2013) and as a session developer for ICCM2013 and recently recieved an Elsevier 'Outstanding Reviewer Award' in recognition of journal reviewing services. Current research interests focus on the large deformation mechanics and multi-scale modelling of engineering and smart materials. He leads the Feasibility Study 'Multi-Step Thermoforming of Multi-Cavity, Multi-Axial Advanced Thermoplastic Composite Parts'.