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Vincent Hargaden

Associate Professor
School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
01 716 1725
University College Dublin, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Engineering Building Belfield Dublin 4

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Dr. Vincent Hargaden was appointed Assistant Professor in Engineering Management in October 2011, 20 years after entering UCD as a first year undergraduate engineering student. In the intervening period he completed the BE (Mechanical) degree and then pursued a two year masters by research at the Computer Integrated Manufacturing Research Unit (CIMRU) at NUI Galway. Around this time, European companies were starting to focus on the emerging requirement to manage end-of-life products in their supply chains. This led to an EU FP4 project Product Acquisition from Waste Streams (PAWS) which provided the basis for research funding, a masters thesis (MEngSc) and a curiosity about supply chain management. There followed eight years employment in industry in a variety of roles including design of plastic moulding and metal stamping tools for quality writing instruments and early (1990s) versions of portable digital notepads, supplier quality, project engineering and supply chain management in high volume ICT equipment manufacturing environments. While in industry, he completed an MBA at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School from 2001-2003. The final thesis, supervised by Dr. Donna Marshall, led to a supply chain conference paper (IPSERA 2004) and re-ignited his interest in academic research. An opportunity arose in 2004 to begin lecturing in UCD on a part-time basis in the School of Business and the School of Electrical, Electronic & Mechanical Engineering in the area of Operations and Supply Chain Management. Becoming involved in the research activities of the supply chain group, in particular through the IBM Integrated Supply Chain Consortium led to the inevitable decision to undertake a PhD to pursue an academic career. He graduated in May 2011 with a PhD in Decision Science and Engineering Systems from the Industrial & Systems Engineering Department at Rensselaer, which was supervised by Professor Jennifer Ryan. The doctoral studies were supported in part by a Global IBM PhD Fellowship awarded in the 2010-2011 academic year, which included a summer placement at the IBM Zurich Research Lab. Since joining the School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering in 2011, he has served as the director of the UCD Master of Engineering Management programme. His teaching interests cover the quantitative aspects of Operations and Supply Chain Management, including Supply Chain Analytics, Supply Chain Design, Operations Strategy, Decision Analysis and Project Management. In 2017, Vincent received a University Teaching Excellence Award and a College of Engineering & Architecture Teaching Excellence Award. The Teaching Excellence Awards recognise individual faculty and staff for sustained commitment to teaching excellence and student learning. He became an Associate Professor in 2018. Vincent has three major research themes; Workforce Planning, Design and Optimisation of Supply Chains and Engineering Education. He continues to collaborate closely with colleagues in the supply chain group in the UCD College of Business.


  • BE
    University College Dublin
  • MBA
    University College Dublin
  • MEngSc
    NUI Galway IRL
  • PhD
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst NY
  • Prof Dip University Teaching & Learning
    University College Dublin