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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 15 in academia. After graduating as a Mechanical Engineer, he was employed by Donnelly Mirrors Ltd., a subsidiary of a US multinational company 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 interest in Project Management is matched by an enduring interest in Science and Engineering. A common theme throughout his career, both in industry and academia, has been an interest, and research focus, on the complex fundamental mechanisms in manufacturing processes; the very mechanisms that determine the quality and precision of engineering components. While recognised as a corporate expert in glass processing science and technologies at Donnelly Mirrors Ltd., 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 50 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 advocated by accreditation bodies as important for the professional Manufacturing Engineer. These include; Innovation and R&D Management, Lean Design and Manufacturing and "International Standards and Standardisation". He developed a portfolio of case studies to simulate the roles of the Manufacturing Engineer in industry, many involving management level decision scenarios. He pioneered the introduction of further topics, case studies and laboratories on Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) and Computer Numerical Control (CNC), supported by research and demonstrations on facilities awarded through his efforts including a unique five axis Mori Seiki CNC Machining Centre and Esprit CAM software. He collaborated with academic colleagues to introduce the new UCD "Learning Factory" which has significant potential for development of "learning by doing" modules for engineering and business programmes. In 2016, he was assigned responsibility for the "Engineering Project Management" and "Research Skills and Techniques" modules providing exciting opportunities for synergy of his industry and academic experience.


  • Centre Manager / AMS Group
    University College Dublin30 Dec 1999
  • Lecturer / Manufacturing Engineering
    University College Dublin30 Dec 1999
  • Assistant Professor / College Lecturer in Engineering Project Management
    University College Dublin30 Dec 1999


  • Manufacturing Engineer
    Donnelly Mirrors Ltd.30 Dec 1999
  • Process Development Manager
    Donnelly Mirrors Ltd.30 Dec 1999
  • Engineering Manager
    Donnelly Mirrors Ltd.30 Dec 1999
  • Engineering Director
    Setanta Design International30 Dec 1999
  • Group Process Development Manager
    Green Isle Foods Ltd.30 Dec 1999


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