The School of Engineering is comprised of the Departments of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing. Postgraduate activities within the School include advanced research projects usually leading to the award of Doctor in Philosophy (Ph.D.). The School is committed to the furtherance of excellence in research and houses two significant Research Centres, one in Bioengineering and the other in Transport Technology.
The Engineering School has an international reputation for its research activities and currently has an annual research income in excess of €3 million. This serves to support both graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who work in a stimulating environment with modern facilities and equipment. Suitably qualified candidates can apply for registration as graduate students working in the research areas outlined below and research funding often provides scholarships for Masters and Doctoral students, to cover the registration, course fees and living costs of research students. Currently, there are over 300 postgraduate students and a significant number of postdoctoral fellows and research associates many of whom are from other European and non-European countries. This contributes to a very lively atmosphere so that our School is a very friendly centre of learning with an international outlook. Interested candidates are advised to make direct contact with the relevant academic staff member in the first instance. Information on the research activities of the staff can be obtained from our website: www.tcd.ie/Engineering/
The principal interests in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering are Environmental Engineering, Geotechnics and Highways and Transportation and Structures. There are many opportunities for research in different areas of civil engineering.
The Department has an international research reputation in the Environmental, Geotechnical, Structural, Transportation and Materials Engineering. The research-led department includes internationally renowned experts in their fields. The state-of-the-art laboratories, field units and the wide ranging expertise of both the academic and the technical staff combine to make the area one of the most rapidly developing centres of civil engineering research in Ireland.
In Electronic and Electrical Engineering there are three main research areas that lie within the broad engineering discipline of Information and Communications Technology, or ICT.
Electronic Engineering Materials and Microelectronic Technology is a well-established research area that includes the design and development of measurement techniques suitable for the measurement of the electrical properties of ferroelectric liquid crystals, glass-forming liquids and polymers and the magnetic and dielectric properties of nano-materials, in particular magnetic fluids. In the microelectronics fabrication and test area, research interest includes the preparation and characterisation of different structures formed on silicon.
For Electronic Circuit Design, activities extend from mapping DSP algorithms onto architectures and subsequently onto libraries of standard cells, through to full-custom circuit design in CMOS and BiCMOS technologies with an emphasis on low-power dissipation. Specific work includes adaptive signal processing ASICs, power-speed figure of merit studies and the implementation of medical instrumentation applications in discrete and integrated form.
In Communications Engineering and Signal Processing, the work is broadly directed towards land mobile radio communication and propagation, and includes computational electromagnetics, wave scattering, channel identification and modelling, modulation, and digital receiver architectures. Application work focuses on propagation planning and analysis for mobile radio, wireless LAN’s. Work in signal processing lies broadly in the areas of image/video processing, audio and acoustic analysis and biomedical, adaptive and Bayesian signal processing.
Mechanical Engineering is located within the Parsons Building at the East end of the College and houses excellent research and laboratory facilities. Most of its research is funded through collaborative projects involving industry, the EU and national government programmes.
The main research activities are conducted within the following research groups Fluids Acoustics and Vibration, Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics, Trinity Centre for Bioengineering (www.tcd.ie/bioengineering), and Manufacturing and Materials Engineering.
The research activities of these groups involve significant work on the application of advanced computer based numerical modelling and simulation for the solution of engineering problems so that there is a common theme of computer based analysis, modelling and experimental validation in each of these areas.