Dr Lee Harper is the Manager of the ESPRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub and an Associate Professor in Composites Manufacturing at the University of Nottingham. He has worked in the field of composite materials for 15 years, having established credible expertise in process development and numerical modelling for fibre reinforced polymer composites.

His principal research interests focus on developing and modelling automated manufacturing processes for the automotive industry. He developed the Directed Carbon Fibre Pre-forming (DCFP) process, an automated technology for producing net-shaped non-woven materials. He has authored 50 peer-reviewed journal publications, co-supervised 12 PhD students and been PI on projects totalling £5.1m.

He currently sits on the UK’s Composite Leadership Forum, as part of the Technology Working Group and is a committee member for the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE).