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Interdisciplinary Engineering Research Review

  • 12th June 2024 | 10:00am – 2:00pm

Interdisciplinary Engineering Research Review

Welcome to the inaugural student-focused Interdisciplinary Engineering Research Review (IERR) conference, where we proudly unveil the latest insights from the Technological University of the Shannon (TUS). As we embark on this journey, we extend a warm welcome to all students to share and delve into the heart of interdisciplinary engineering excellence.

Our event promises an exciting exploration of ongoing research endeavours of the students and researchers, showcasing the dynamic landscape of innovation at TUS. From the intricacies of machinery to the nuances of analytical techniques, we offer a comprehensive glimpse into cutting-edge developments across diverse disciplines.

Join us as we open the doors to a world of discovery, providing a platform for students to engage with fresh perspectives on emerging challenges and established paradigms. Together, let’s ignite dialogue, foster collaboration, and chart the course for the future of engineering research, driven by the enthusiasm and passion of student researchers.

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Event Schedule

9.15 am2:00 pmRegistrationTUS Coonagh entrance
9.45 AM2:00 pmExhibit hall openFirst Floor Concourse
10:00 am10:30 amThesis-n-Three Session 1First Floor Rooms 1, 2 & 3
10:30 am10:36 amBreakFirst Floor Concourse
10:36 am11:06 amThesis-n-Three Session 2First Floor Rooms 1, 2 & 3
11:06 am12:00 noonLunchFirst Floor Concourse
11:06 am12:00 noonPoster SessionFirst Floor Concourse
12:00 noon12:30 pmThesis-n-Three Session 3First Floor Rooms 1, 2 & 3
12:30 pm1:06 pmBreakFirst Floor Concourse
1:06 pm1:30 pmPanel DiscussionFirst Floor Concourse
1:30 pm2:00 pmAwards CeremonyFirst Floor Concourse
2:00 pm Conference ClosingFirst Floor Concourse

Panal Discussions

PanelRoom 1Room 2Room 3
 PDC & Med TechPVRA Pharma (Day)PVRA Pharma, Med Device & Food (Flex)
ChairDr. Sean CunnighamOrlagh Doyle    Dr. Daniela Butan
TUS academic ExpertMairead Denehy             Dr. Miroslaw MrzyglodDr. Emma Kelly
Industry expertTBCTBCTBC

Panal Members

Dr. Lisa Henihan

Dr. Lisa Henihan is a distinguished scientific and engineering professional and academic with over 20 years of extensive experience across multiple sectors including research, pharmaceuticals, Medical diagnostics, and food industries. Dr. Henihan was award PhD in Biosystems & Food Engineering from University College Dublin in 2018. Currently serving as a Full-time Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical and Automobile Engineering at the Technological University of the Shannon, Dr. Henihan has played a pivotal role in developing and accrediting Level 9 Masters Programs and Program leader of BEng in Engineering Technology Management. Additionally, she spearheads the Interdisciplinary Engineering Research Review Journal (IERRJ) as the Editor and the associated IERR conference, facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration and the dissemination of ground-breaking research within the engineering community.

Dr. Henihan’s contributions to the scientific community are extensive, with notable publications in esteemed journals such as Food and Bioprocess Technology, Innovative Food Science & Emerging Technologies, and Talanta. Her research covers a wide range of topics, from evaluating fluorescence process analytical tools for infant milk formula manufacture to developing advanced chemometric models for assessing infant formula storage conditions.

Dr. Lisa Henihan
Dr. Seán Cunningham

Dr. Séan Cunningham

Dr Seán Cunningham is a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at the Technological University of the Shannon. Sean is a module leader for various engineering modules in Mechanical Engineering, Precision Engineering, and Product Design Control at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Seán specialises in medical device design, development, and simulation. With close to a decade of industrial research and development experience, Seán has driven innovation through Enterprise Ireland (EI) Innovation Partnerships Programmes (IPP) with Irish MedTech companies. Sean holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Medical Device Modelling) and a Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Limerick. His research focuses on developing aerosol-generating medical devices for systemic illness management via pulmonary delivery, with a particular research focus on improving targeted drug delivery.


Orlagh Doyle

Orlagh Doyle is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical & Automobile Engineering since 2023, teaching on the L8 Process & Engineering Management and L9 Process Validation & Regulatory Affairs programmes.  Prior to working in TUS, Orlagh had worked as a Quality, Supply Chain & Operations Professional in the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology and Medical Device sectors holding management positions in the areas of Operations, Supply Chain, Customer Service, Packaging and Quality and most recently as a Responsible Person for Uniphar. Orlagh has worked for large multinational companies such as Flextronics, Stryker and Olympus and start-up companies such as CelgenTek and PBC BioMed. Orlagh has a proven track record of achievement in Facility Set-Ups, starting up new Functional Areas, New Product Introduction, Product Supply and People Management. Orlagh hold a Master in Computer Integrated Manufacturing and a Degree in Production Management both from the University of Limerick along with completing modules in Pharmaceutical Auditing (UCC) and Validation Principles & Practices (UL).


Dr. Daniela Butan

Dr Daniela Butan is a Mechanical and Process Manufacturing Engineer with an extensive proven record of participation and delivery of successful collaborative research programmes between Academia and Industry. Daniela contributed to the design, development, and delivery of a range of research programmes whilst also attracting significant research funding. Her research has made recognised and significant contributions to the developing knowledge in the area of Mechanical Processes and Design resulting in a series of Technology transfers, National and International awards, Patents granted both in Europe and internationally. Her experience also extends to teaching Engineering at undergraduate level and supervision at both, undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Mairead Dennehy

Mairead Dennehy is a Lecturer in Medical Technology at the Technological University of the Shannon since 2019. Mairead lectures in a range of subjects on the Medical Technology (L7, L8) degree programmes and the Advanced Medical Technologies (L9) postgraduate programme in the Department of Applied Science. She is also the work placement Co-Ordinator for Medical Technology 3rd year work placement and has developed new programmes in the form of a Masters and Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Medical Technologies.

Prior to this, after completing a two-year Medical Physics training programme in Galway University Hospital, Mairead was an accredited Medical Physicist working in clinical Radiotherapy in University Hospital Limerick for 8 years.

Mairead has a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from UCC and  Masters in Biomedical Engineering from UL and has worked in the Electronics industry (Analog Devices, Limerick) and the Medical Device Industry (Medtronic formerly Covidien in Mervue Galway).


Dr. Miroslaw Mrzyglod

Dr. Miroslaw Mrzyglod was awarded a PhD (2005) and Doctor of Science degree (2014) in Mechanical Engineering from the Cracow University of Technology. His research is in Multiaxial Fatigue, Multidisciplinary Design Optimization, Biomechanics and Artificial Intelligence. He is lecturer in the Department of Mechanical & Automobile Engineering of TUS University. Prior to joining academia Miroslaw Mrzyglod worked for five years as a Manufacturing Engineer and three years as a CAD Design Engineer. He is Member of Polish Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, International Society for Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (ISSMO), and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).