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Dr Eamonn Ahearne


Eamonn Ahearne

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
01 716 1996
University College Dublin, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Engineering Building Belfield Dublin 4


Dr Ahearne has a primary degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree by research in the field of manufacturing engineering. He has over 20 years experience in industry, and 17 in academia. After graduating as a Mechanical Engineer, he was employed by Donnelly Mirrors Ltd., a subsidiary of a US multinational corporation supplying "vision systems" to the global automotive industry. His roles at Donnelly included as Manufacturing Engineer, Research and Development Manager and Engineering Manager. After Donnelly, he set up an engineering design company, Setanta Design International Ltd., and operated in the roles of Managing Director and Engineering Director. He subsequently joined Green Isle Foods (GIF) Ltd. as Group Process Development Manager, responsible for projects across all GIF plants. His roles in industry involved management of a wide range of projects with different levels of scale and uncertainty. In particular, he has been responsible for many successful research and development projects, providing competitive advantage through new knowledge and innovation. His research interest, both in industry and academia, may be described as "the complex fundamental mechanisms in manufacturing processes"; the very mechanisms that determine the quality and precision of engineering components. He was recognised as the corporate expert in glass processing science and technologies at Donnelly Mirrors Ltd., but it was not until he moved to academia in 2001 that he was able to formally express this interest through open research and publication. He completed doctoral studies after joining UCD, submitting a topical thesis titled "Modelling and Simulation of the Rotational Grinding Process". He has since authored over 60 publications on materials processing and more general topics in manufacturing engineering, also developing strong international networks as Associate Member of "The International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP)". Since joining UCD, he has secured over 4M Euros in funding for research projects and infrastructure. Most of the research projects involved collaborations with high end manufacturing industry and delivered patents, know-how and significant returns to industry partners. Dr Ahearne has lectured at undergraduate level over the past ten years on the introductory and advanced modules in Manufacturing Engineering, contributing to the advanced module by introducing lecture topics based on industry needs and as advocated by accreditation bodies. He pioneered the introduction of tutorials and laboratories on Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) and Computer Numerical Control (CNC), supported by facilities awarded through his efforts including a unique five axis DMG Mori Seiki (ultrasonic) machining centre and Esprit CAM software. In 2016, he was assigned responsibility for the Project Management modules under the ME with Business and MEM programmes.


  • Centre Manager / Advanced Manufacturing Science (AMS) Research Group
    University College Dublin, University College Dublin, Dublin, IrelandSep 2001 - Jul 2016
  • Lecturer / Manufacturing Engineering
    University College Dublin, University College Dublin, Dublin, IrelandSep 2005
  • Assistant Professor / College Lecturer in Engineering Project Management
    University College Dublin, University College Dublin, Dublin, IrelandJul 2016


  • Manufacturing Engineer
    Donnelly Mirrors Ltd.Jun 1978 - May 1983
  • Process Development Manager
    Donnelly Mirrors Ltd.1 May 1983 - 1 Jan 1993
  • Engineering Manager
    Donnelly Mirrors Ltd.1 Jan 1993 - 1 Jun 1996
  • Managing Director & Engineering Director
    Setanta Design InternationalJun 1996 - Dec 1998
  • Group Process Development Manager
    Green Isle Foods Ltd.1 Dec 1998 - 1 Sep 2001


  • BSc(Eng)
    Trinity College Dublin
  • MIE
    University College Dublin
  • PhD
    University College Dublin