Harris is Professor of Manufacturing Operations in the Sustainable Manufacturing Systems Centre at Cranfield University. He has extensive expertise in process engineering, manufacturing systems, operations and control and has been developing A.I. controlled flow reactor systems for functional materials production for the last 10 years.
His research combines an experimental and a computational/A.I. component and leads a multidisciplinary team with a ~£7m research portfolio, with a focus on the process and formulation industry. He is a Chartered Engineer, graduated Imperial College London with a Mechanical Engineering degree and a PhD in Manufacturing Systems. He has spent 20 years in both industry and academia with the best part in conceiving and managing integrated development or research projects.
Harris has produced over 70 research outputs to date, including a book and peer reviewed journal and conference papers and holds three patents. He also has experience in technology transfer through commercialising technology he developed whilst researching manufacturing at Imperial College, via establishing spin out companies and is currently on the board as a non-executive in two overseas companies.