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Dr Tom Curran


Tom Curran

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Biosystems and Food Engineering
01 716 7362
University College Dublin, School of Biosystems and Food Engineering, Agriculture and Food Science Belfield Dublin 4


Dr. Curran is the Director of the MSc Environmental Technology degree programme at University College Dublin (UCD). His research interests includes waste management and air quality. He leads the EU Horizon 2020 Agrocycle project on recycling and valorising waste from the agri-food sector with 23 partners across Europe plus three in China. Dr. Curran was a Fulbright Scholar (TechImpact Award 2017-18) at North Carolina State University on a project to develop an advance warning system for sewer network blockages (fatbergs). He is a graduate of UCD's Engineering programme, holding a BE (Ag & Food), MEngSc (Environmental Engineering) and a PhD in Biosystems Engineering. He worked in production and environmental management in the food industry for a number of years before joining UCD faculty in Biosystems and Food Engineering. His teaching centres on the application of environmental engineering in the agrifood and bioresource industries. He has received teaching awards from both UCD and the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), and research awards from both UCD (President's Award & Research Impact Award) and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) (Superior Paper Award). He served as the Chairman of the Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland (ESAI) (2014-16).


  • Lecturer in Biosystems and Food Engineering
    University College Dublin, Ireland1 Jul 1997


  • Project Engineer
    Leinpro Ltd1 Oct 1991 - 30 Sep 1993
  • Production/Environmental Manager
    Irish Country Meats/Western Proteins25 Jul 1994 - 31 May 1997


  • BE
    University College Dublin
  • MEngSc
    University College Dublin
  • PhD
    University College Dublin
  • Prof Dip University Teaching & Learning
    University College Dublin