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Professor Michael Gilchrist

Professor

Michael Gilchrist

Full Professor
School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
01 716 1890
University College Dublin, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Engineering Building Belfield Dublin 4

BIO

Michael Gilchrist, PhD, DEng, FIMechE, FIEI, FIMMM, FInstP, is Full Professor of Mechanical Engineering. His leadership roles have included 7 years as Head of the UCD School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering (2011-18), and 3 years as VP for Research in UCD's College of Engineering, Mathematical & Physical Sciences (2009-11). His teaching activities have variously spanned all undergraduate and postgraduate levels on topics related to materials science, materials processing, and engineering mechanics. His research concerns the dynamic mechanical behaviour of non-linear materials, including both biological tissue and polymer materials. This has applications relevant to: * impact biomechanics of the human body, * forensic biomechanics & engineering, * the dynamic response of skin, bone, neural tissue, * micro-injection moulding of polymers, and * precision manufacturing processes for polymers. Intellectual property from his research has been licensed to ten separate research groups and companies in Ireland, UK, Belgium, US, Canada and Singapore. He has been lead PI on in excess of €10m of competitively won research funding and two of his former students have established start-up technology companies. He currently holds a Visiting Professorship at the University of Ottawa and has previously been a Visiting Professor at CNRS & ENSAM-Paris (2003-4). He has supervised some 50 research students (Masters, PhDs and Postdocs) to date and has published 200 peer reviewed journal articles. He is Ireland's representative to the General Assembly of IUTAM, the International Union for Theoretical & Applied Mechanics. He has received institutional and national awards for his teaching excellence, and various international Best Paper awards for his scholarly research. His Google Scholar profile is available at: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=8rNI3nMAAAAJ&hl=en

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN APPOINTMENTS

  • Full Professor of Mechanical Engineering
    University College Dublin, Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Dublin, Ireland1 Jan 2014
  • Head of School
    University College Dublin, Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2011 - 31 Aug 2018
  • VP for Research & Innovation
    University College Dublin, College of Engineering, Mathematical & Physical Sciences, Dublin, —n/a—, D4, Ireland1 Jan 2009 - 31 Aug 2011

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

  • Visiting Professor
    University of Ottawa30 Dec 1999
  • Visiting Professor
    ENSAM-Paris, LM-3, Paris, France1 Sep 2003 - 31 Aug 2004
  • Associate Professor (Professor)
    University College Dublin, Mechanical Engineering, Ireland1 Oct 2003 - 31 Dec 2013
  • Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor)
    University College Dublin, Mechanical Engineering, Ireland1 Jul 1999 - 30 Sep 2003
  • Lecturer (Assistant Professor)
    University College Dublin, Mechanical Engineering, Ireland1 Sep 1994 - 30 Jun 1999
  • Research Fellow
    Imperial College London, United Kingdom1 Oct 1991 - 30 Sep 1994
  • Research Assistant and Tutor
    University of Sheffield, United Kingdom1 Sep 1988 - 30 Sep 1991

DEGREES

  • BE
    NUI Galway IRL
  • MEngSc
    NUI Galway IRL
  • PhD
    University of Sheffield
  • C Phys
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  • CEng
    -
  • FIP
    -
  • MIEI
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  • DEng
    University of Sheffield