Meet Our Team
The ASMME Research Group was established in 2017 in the School of Engineering in NUI Galway in order to help advance the thriving manufacturing sector in Ireland.
Sinéad has always had a keen interest in sustainability, and how engineering can change the world for the better. She worked in community development, started a social enterprise and a project on female entrepreneurship for social inclusion.
Subsequently completed a PhD on the development of a Sustainability and Eco-Innovation framework for manufacturing SMEs (EUFP7 FutureSME project). She worked at UL and did some consulting for a while, which led to a corporate consulting role at Business in the Community, working with many global companies on sustainability strategies.
Sinéad teaches a broad scope of subjects to all engineering disciplines (and sometimes business) students at all levels – and is always working on bringing sustainability to the classroom. Her area of research is sustainable manufacturing, sustainable business and the circular economy and collaborates with industry and other global researchers.
Carlos also accumulates both academic and industrial experience within the manufacturing and quality control of composite materials related to the aerospace, construction, energy and maritime sectors, having worked in companies such as AIRBUS or for the University of Limerick inside the FIBRESHIP EU-H2020 Project, which aims to overcome the current market challenges and technology gaps to make viable the building of commercial vessels longer than 50 m in composite materials.
Currently he is conducting an investigation in the framework of a “Career-FIT” & Marie Sklodowska-Curie COFUND awarded grant under the supervision of Dr Noel Harrison from NUI Galway, Dr Terry McGrail (IComp Director at UL) and Tomás Flanagan (Managing Director at ÉireComposites). His research interest deals with the development of thermoplastic composite risers for offshore platforms manufactured by Automated Tape Placement (ATP) with a dual-purpose, to allow safer and deeper oil & gas extraction while delivering CO2 underground to prevent massive carbon emissions to the atmosphere.
Cherrelle is now undertaking a Hardiman scholarship-funded PhD in Industrial Engineering. Her research aims to significantly reduce the gap in knowledge of the sustainability of bioplastics, focussing on environmental health and persistence of microplastics and nanoplastics resulting from bioplastic degradation in the environment. This research project will be supervised by Drs Noel Harrison and Sinead Mitchell of ASMME.