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Centre Manager, AMS Research Centre:

Dr. Eamonn Ahearne

Eamonn Ahearne

Name: Dr. Eamonn Ahearne

Position: Centre Manager, AMS Research Centre

Room No.: 312,
UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering,
University College Dublin,
Dublin 4.

Tel: + 353 1 716 1996

Fax: + 353 1 283 0534


Qualifications: B.Sc.(Eng.), M.I.E., PhD.

Professional Affiliations: CIRP, Euspen, SME


Short Biography:

Dr Ahearne is an honours graduate in Mechanical Engineering from Bolton Street College of Technology and Trinity College Dublin. After graduating, he was employed by Donnelly Mirrors Ltd., a US company based outside Dublin, involved in the design and manufacture of rear view mirrors / vision systems for worldwide supply to the global automotive companies. His roles in Donnelly included; Manufacturing Engineer (5 years), Process Development Manager (9 years) and Engineering Manager (4 years). In 1996, he joined the engineering start-up company, “Setanta Design International (SDI) Ltd”, as Engineering Director and Managing Director. In 1998, he was offered a position in Green Isle Foods (GIF) Ltd. as "Group Process Development Manager" with responsibility for major capital projects across the four GIF Irish plants. In 2001, he moved into his present positon as Research Manager in Professor Byrne’s Advanced Manufacturing Science (AMS) Research Group. His research interests are mainly based on his industry experience and specifically motivated by the need to understand the complex fundamental mechanisms in machining of advanced materials in order to cost effectively produce surfaces to meet the future precision form, finish and integrity requirements of high end components. In order to pursue his research and teaching interests, he undertook doctoral studies after joining UCD and was awarded a PhD in 2008 having submitted and defended a thesis titled "Modelling and Simulation of the Rotational Grinding Process". Since joining UCD, he has been an author on more than 45 publications on his core research and other topics in manufacturing engineering. He is an Associate Member of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP), a Corporate Member of the European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology (Euspen) and a member of the Irish Manufacturing Committee (IMC).


Research Interests:

  • Fundamental mechanisms in grinding and polishing of advanced materials
  • Process modelling and simulation
  • Process monitoring and control
  • Precision engineering, metrology and machine tool technologies
  • Tribology



Research Posters: