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Prof Conchur O Bradaigh

Chair of Materials Engineering and Head of School

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Conchúr Ó Brádaigh is Chair of Materials Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.  He has Bachelors and Masters degrees from the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway, and a PhD from the University of Delaware, all in Mechanical Engineering.  He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a Chartered Engineer, anda  member of Engineers Ireland.

He previously lectured at the National University of Ireland, Galway and was Professor of Energy Engineering at University College Cork, where he was also Director of the Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) Research Centre from Feb. 2014 to September 2015.  The MaREI Centre is headquartered at the new Beaufort Building at University College Cork, which opened in July 2015, and is funded jointly by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and a consortium of 50 Irish and multi-national companies.  The overall MaREI Centre budget is €34.0 million between 2013 and 2019, and currently employs over 60 researchers and operation staff.

He is a member of European Union TP Ocean Technology Platform, and of the EU Ocean Energy Platform since 2014.

He is a Co-Founder and Director of ÉireComposites Teo. and Composites Testing Laboratory Ltd., two Irish composite materials design, testing and manufacturing companies, based in Co. Galway.  ÉireComposites designs products and tooling and manufactures lightweight composite material structures for the international aerospace, automotive and wind-energy sectors.  The company has developed and patented important new technologies in manufacturing of large composite structures in both thermoplastic and thermoset composites. Composites Testing Laboratory (CTL Tástáil Teo.) carries out accredited testing of composite materials and structures, mainly for the international aerospace and wind-energy markets.  The two spin-out companies employ 60 people in Indreabhán, Co. Galway, Ireland, including 20 engineering graduates.

Conchúr won the Údarás na Gaeltachta / TG4 Gaeltacht Business Award 2007 in the Innovation Category, along with his fellow Co-Managing Director of ÉireComposites, Mr. PJ Feerick.  He also won an Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Award for Successful Licensing from NUI Galway ATRP Project, 2007

Conchúr was the recipient of the Inaugural Sir Bernard Crossland Medal for Engineering Innovation (awarded by Engineers Ireland in 2009) and has 4 patents granted.

He is a leading expert in fibre-reinforced composite materials, with 38 papers in refereed journals, 71 papers in conference proceedings, 5 articles and chapters in books and 26 invited international presentations and tutorials. He holds a PhD from the world-leading Centre for Composite Materials at the University of Delaware (USA).  Conchúr received a Fulbright Scholars Programme Award for Sabbatical visit to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States in 1995.

His research interests include manufacturing, testing and modelling of composite materials for renewable energy applications (wind and ocean energy), liquid moulding of thermoplastic composites using monomer systems, cryogenic properties and space applications and the development of medical orthopaedic products in advanced composite materials.

He has supervised 9 PhD students and 18 M.Eng.Sc. students to completion, and currently supervises 2 PhDs and 3 Post Doctoral researchers at the University of Edinburgh.

His contract research awards amount to more than €18 million, with funding received from Science Foundation Ireland, the European Union, European Space Agency, Enterprise Ireland, InterTrade Ireland, Sustainable Energy Ireland and international industries in aerospace and renewable energy.

Conchúr was a member of the Board of the Irish Centre for Composites Research (ICOMP) from 2009-2014 and currently sits on the Technical Strategy Committee of ICOMP.  He is a committee member of the SAMPE UK & Ireland Chapter.

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