Tuesday, 4 June 12h30 at MSG-024 MSSI Building

ICONIC: Improving the Crashworthiness of Composite Transportation Structures – an EU ITN


ICONIC is an Horizon 2020 funded Innovative Training Network (ITN) focused on crashworthiness of composites transportation structures. Led by Queens University Belfast, ICONIC is funding 15 “early-stage researchers” (ESRs) to obtain their Ph.D. at nine organisations around Europe. Besides performing technical research, the ESRs receive extensive technical and generic skills training through summer schools, courses, attendance at conferences etc. This talk will discuss the structure and functioning of the ITN, and the specific research projects being carried out by the two ESRs employed at the University of Limerick.


Professor McCarthy obtained his B.E. and M.Eng.Sc. from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, USA. He worked as an Assistant Professor at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Albany, NY before joining Breed Automotive in New Jersey to work on airbags, airbag sensors, seat belts, dummies and other automotive crash-related topics. He returned to Ireland to join the fledgling Aeronautical Engineering degree programme at the University of Limerick. Since then he has taught 10 different modules, most recently settling on the topics of vibrations, flight dynamics and control. His research has been in the general area of composites, including crashworthiness, bolted joints, composites damage models, molecular dynamics simulations, and other mechanics-focused problems. Outside work he spends his time coaching soccer, driving his daughter to training and matches with Cork City FC, following the Mayo footballers, and occasionally checking the abysmal results of Queens Park Rangers FC.

Tea/coffee will be available at 12h15

For further information, please contact:  mohammad.rouhi@ul.ie