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Biography

I am a lecturer in Aerospace and Mechanical, where my main areas of research are in bulk, SMART and Sustainable Materials, surface degradation and smart technologies, 3D printing and innovative design. I have successfully delivered, since arriving in SETU Carlow, on Research projects worth a combined total of approximately €2m.

I have worked with companies who engaged in preliminary research and who subsequently requested of me to undertake further research. I have delivered large and small projects in the IT, Construction, and academic arenas. I have developed academic programmes, implemented Training Courses as part of an ISO 9000 initiative, and supported global teams during extensive IT network upgrades.

Beyond the opportunities within SETU, I have and am collaborating with a wide range of national and international institutes, such as DIT, DCU, MTU, TU Delft, Uni. Do Aveiro, as I believe that this develops strength, and depth, in projects and research, whilst concomitantly promoting excellence and challenging pre-conceived concepts. This is evidenced by my 5+ years of an ever-widening network of collaborators across the UK, Europe, and further afield.

In 2020 I additionally won HCI funding (approximately €3.1m) to develop 2 Level 9 engineering programmes, and infrastructural development funding of approximately €0.55m since 2017 to develop a modern materials test facility, all at SETU Carlow. I was also active in delivering Athena Swan to SETU and have participated in a number of COST Actions and the CIRCULÉIRE programme.

Research Interests

My active research portfolio are in the areas of Smart & Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing, Electrochemistry, and Surface Engineering/Degradation Phenomena, and their application in Applied Research and the development of Smart Materials and Renewable Energy (wind, marine) devices. I am a member of a number of national projects, including the SEAI-funded SPOTBlade and a number of large Enterprise Ireland IPP projects. I am also developing a research team to investigate the application of micro-texturing and smart coatings as SMART technologies for antifouling, and thermal energy control technologies.

I actively supervise postgraduate students, in fields such as bioplastics. and electrochemistry - extremely novel Al-deposition project, in collaboration with the Universities of Leicester, Loughborough, and Newcastle. I am also committed to continued supervision of the Defence Forces Masters programmes, through which I have to-date graduated a number of students.

Teaching

I am a lecturer in the Aerospace & Mechanical Department at SETU Carlow, with a commitment to the development of advanced materials education in the South-East region. To this end I have been highly successful in HCI Pillar 1 (€360k) & Pillar 3 (€2.7m) awards in 2020, and in procuring substantial funding to purchase a range of state-of-the-art equipment from internal (€100k President’s Vote) and external (Enterprise Ireland Capital Call) sources (total: €750k since 2017). I also involved with the Level 6 Certificate in Manufacturing and Design Engineering.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Advanced Wear and Corrosion Resistant Surface Coating Treatments for Cast Aluminium Alloys, TU Dublin

Award Date: 03 Nov 2012

Keywords

  • AS Academies and learned societies (General)
  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
  • L Education (General)

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