TEDxUCD 2014 - Dr David McKeown

Dr David McKeown is a research engineer in the UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering where he lectures on kinematics. He also lectures on vibrations as part of the Space Science and Technology masters in the UCD School of Physics.

David graduated from UCD with a BE and a PhD in mechanical engineering and was the recipient of the IMechE Frederic Barnes Waldron Prize.

His main area of research is in the design of control systems for flexible mechanical systems. His current work is on the vibration control of launch vehicles as part of European Space Agency’s (ESA) Future Launcher Preparatory Program. He has previously worked on the DELIAN Arm, a light flexible robot arm being designed for future ESA Mars rover missions and the control of large space based X-ray observatories.

In his spare time likes to make and create new things and is a very active science communicator.

He is a co-founder of Dublin Maker (@DublinMaker), Science Hack Day Dublin (@SciHackDay_Dub) and Artek Circle (@ArtekCircle). He regularly collaborates with Irish artists on projects and runs an annual Christmas jumper making workshop for Charity.

He is a regular speaker at Dublin’s Ignite talks and Electric Picnic music festival.

He has been known to play soccer to a standard which legally defines mediocre.

Twitter: @dj_mckeown