Andrew was educated at the University of Western Australia, where he received a first class honours degree in civil engineering in 1984. After completing his Masters degree he worked in industry briefly, before returning to UWA to pursue his PhD and an academic career. He became Winthrop Professor, Civil and Resource Engineering, in 2004 and was Head of School from 2004 to 2009. In 2009, Andrew joined Durham University as Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Science. In this role he led the development of the university's global presence strategy and extensive international partnerships, particularly in China and Brazil. On 1 January 2014, Andrew moved to University College Dublin to take up the role of President, becoming the first Australian to lead an Irish university, and the first person from outside Ireland to lead the University since John Henry Newman (1854). Andrew's primary research focus is in computational mechanics; specifically in the scaled boundary finite element method, which is a semi-analytical approach for solving elastostatic, elastodynamic and allied problems in engineering. His other research interests include structural mechanics, structural dynamics and dynamic soil structure interaction.
- Bachelor of Engineering (1st Class Hons)Uni of Western Aus Perth
- DPhilUni of Western Aus Perth
- MEngScUni of Western Aus Perth