Academic society logoThe Academic society is a special interest group for engineers who lecture or conduct research in third-level institutions or graduate students who aspire to careers in academia.

Its mission is to promote the advancement of academic standards in engineering and facilitate and organise activities for key academic groups. It aims to develop and disseminate a body of knowledge for engineers working within the academic community which will also serve those engineering professionals with an interest in academic topics. Members can benefit from: Networking with colleagues Networking with industry experts Keeping up to date with the latest events, technical presentations and access to research and support material. Attending events, courses, site visits and customised seminars to advance their continuous professional development.


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Pedestrian injury biomechanics, crash safety and device design

  Author: Dr Ciaran Simms, assistant professor in the School of Engineering at Trinity College Dublin and principal investigator in the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering Pedestrian traffic accidents are complex; protecting pedestrians requires a combination of injury biomechanics research, road engineering, vehicle design, legislation, and accident-avoidance technology. Separating pedestrians from fast-moving, motorised vehicles is preferable, and pre-crash sensing methods and ...

Habemus chemia – Pope Francis’ journey from chemicals to cassocks

  Author: Dr John Kelly, professor emeritus in chemical engineering and former dean of engineering and registrar, University College Dublin The knowledge that the newly elected Pope Francis I is a graduate in chemical engineering from the University of Buenos Aires class of 1957 has given rise to much good-humoured discussion in the engineering world – and stirred up no little pride among chemical engineers. In addition, in the week following his election, the announcement that the newly ...

Mechanical engineering and the demise of manufacturing

The development of Ireland’s wind-energy resources has long been a source of controversy. While the media debate rages on about the amount of energy that can be generated and associated noise pollution from turbines, the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has queried the number of jobs that large-scale development of Ireland’s wind-energy sector could create. With its wild, rugged coasts and expanses of rural, under-developed land, Ireland may seem an obvious location for ...

Ireland: at the heart of European information technology

Ireland may sit on the geographic edge of the EU, but when it comes to ICT, the country is at the very heart of Europe's digital industry. The country certainly benefits from the presence of the big ICT names. Older corporations like Microsoft and HP, as well as Google and newer players such as Facebook and Twitter, have all established their EMEA operations in Ireland, attracted by the country's low corporation taxes and an educated workforce with English as a mother tongue. But the ...

Time constraints and creativity in the medical device sector

Working without time or resource constraints could be portrayed as the perfect creative environment, but can ‘less’ sometimes lead to ‘more’ – and when might that be the case? In this article, we examine the positive impact of time constraints on new product development (NPD), drawing on our research in a medical devices company. Early academic literature suggested that control hindered creativity, as it was seen as reducing freedom. However, attention has more recently turned to the ...

Making an impact on vertebral compression fractures

  Authors: Philip Purcell BEng (Hons) Cert Med Sci MIEI, Dr Magdalena Tyndyk, Dr Fiona McEvoy MIEI, Stephen Tiernan MIEI and Seamus Morris MB BCh BAO MMedSci MCh AFRCSI FRCS Spinal fractures are among the most prevalent injuries sustained by the human skeletal system, with an estimated 1.4 million fractures of the vertebral column worldwide every year [1]. It has been estimated that 15% [2] of these fractures are associated with over-loading incidents such as falls from a height and ...


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