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Assoc Professor Paul Fanning

Assoc Professor

Paul Fanning

Deputy Vice President For Global Engagement, Ucd Global Engagement
Global Engagement
01 716 3220
University College Dublin, Global Engagement, Richview Newstead Belfield Dublin 4


Associate Professor Paul Fanning is Deputy Vice President for Global Engagement. UCD Global Engagement is tasked, under UCD's Strategic Plan, to develop a distinctive global culture in the University, develop strategic global partnerships, grow our global reputation for excellence, increase the global impact of our research and, further develop an enabling environment for UCD's global activities. As part of this role Assoc. Prof Fanning chairs the Global Engagement Board of Studies which provides academic oversight and governance for all UCD academic programmes under the remit of Global Engagement - these include programmes offered by the UCD Applied Language Centre and the UCD Irish Institute for Chinese Studies.He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland. A graduate of the UCD School of Civil Engineering he returned to UCD as an academic staff member in 1996 having completed his PhD, at the University of Surrey (UK), and five years working as a consultant engineer in industry. His PhD research, focusing on deployable antenna systems for us in space, provided the foundation for his ongoing research in the areas of structural assessment and condition monitoring using vibration response data. He is internationally recognised for his work on masonry arch bridges while most recently he has concentrated on issues relating to vibration serviceability of lightweight structural systems due to human induced loading.Prior to taking up his current role he has been Research Group Director, Head of Teaching & Learning and Programmes Coordinator in the School of Civil Engineering and Deputy Vice-Principal for Internationalisation in the College of Engineering and Architecture


  • Deputy Vice President for Global Engagement
    University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland10 Mar 2017
  • Senior Lecturer
    University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland1 Jan 2005
  • College Lecturer
    University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 1996 - 31 Dec 2004
  • Research Officer, PhD Student
    University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom1 Jan 1990 - 28 Feb 1993


  • Senior Applications Engineer
    Structures and Computers Ltd, London, United Kingdom1 May 1995 - 31 Aug 1996
  • Principal Engineer
    LG Mouchel and Partners Ltd, West Byfleet, United Kingdom1 Mar 1993 - 1 May 1995
  • Graduate Engineer
    LG Mouchel and Partners Ltd, West Byfleet, United Kingdom2 Sep 1988 - 31 Dec 1989


  • BE
    University College Dublin
  • MIEI
  • DPhil
    University of Surrey
  • CEng


  • French
    Can read, write, speak and understand
  • German
    Can read, write, speak and understand