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Malachy O'Rourke

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
01 716 1950
University College Dublin, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Engineering Building Belfield Dublin 4

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Malachy obtained his BE Degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Queen University, Belfast in 1991. He was awarded the IMechE prize for best final year project in Mechanical Engineering. During the period 1991-95 he pursued a PhD programme under the supervision of Dr. David Artt, also at The Queens University, Belfast. In 1996 he obtained his PhD degree with the title 'An experimental and computational investigation into flow patterns within a radial inflow turbine rotor'. During the period, 1995-97, Malachy worked on the design of gas turbine engines at GEC Alstom, Whetstone, Leicester. In late 1997 he returned to Ireland, working first at QUB and then later at IT Tallaght before commencing employment at UCD, Dublin in September 1998.Malachy's main teaching interests are in fluid mechanics, currently delivering modules in stages 2, 4 and 5 of the engineering programme. Primarily his research interests are now in cardiovascular biomechanics with particular focus on abdominal aortic aneurysm, cerebral aneurysm and mitral heart valves. In 2012 Malachy was awarded the prestigious IMechE Thomas Hawley Gold Medal and the IMechE Biomedical Engineering Association Duncan Dowson Prize for his paper "An investigation of the relationship between hemodynamics and thrombus deposition within patient-specific models of abdominal aortic aneurysm.


  • BE
    Queen's University of Belfast UK
  • PhD
    Queen's University of Belfast UK