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Grounding - Educating Engineers as if they were Human


Professor Thomas Cosgrove marked his appointment as Chair of Civil Engineering at the University of Limerick with an inaugural lecture entitled 'Grounding - Educating Engineers as if they were Human,

Born in Limerick, this civil engineer has an impressive legacy of work across the landscape of Irish construction, having worked on over 1,700 projects in 28 years.

Most notable among this list is his work on Thomond Park, leading the structural design team on the 26,000 capacity stadium, a major challenge both architecturally and structurally. Designing for concert usage involved going beyond modal analysis to do a thorough performance based analysis in accordance with recent research. The curved form and dramatic rainbow truss roof is a new landmark structure in Limerick City now well known to rugby enthusiasts all over the world.

Prof. Cosgrove was also involved in the restoration and development of King John's Castle, a project in which he got his first taste of public controversy. Further notable additions are some 25 high quality Third Level Education Buildings at Institutes of Technology in Limerick, Tralee Waterford, Sligo, University of Limerick and Mary Immaculate College of Education.

The award-winning offices for Kildare County Civic Council, a design which pushes the boundary of cutting edge Engineering and Architecture to achieve clean lines, transparency, visibility and uncompromised visual impact are among the list of achievements. The distinctive and challenging Council Chamber floats in mid-air, cantilevering 9m over the garden at a 1:6 inclination, to create un-interrupted views. 

Since 1984, Prof. Cosgrove has been a mentor and trainer of engineers on a variety of projects.
During his career he has been active in Engineers Ireland, the Institution of Structural Engineers (Ireland Branch), the Irish Concrete Society, At UL Prof. Cosgrove aims to build upon the Problem Based Learning ethos already established within the Civil Engineering Programme.

He intends to pursue a research agenda that responds to regional needs and, in falling within the vision of UL to make a positive contribution to the region and to Ireland, he is building on previous work with STEPS the Science, Technology and Engineering Programme for Schools, to construct an outreach programme for engineering programmes.

The inaugural lecture by Prof. Tom Cosgrove, hosted by the Faculty of Science and Engineering will start with a reception at 17h15 in the Atrium, Computer Science & Information Systems Building (CSIS Building, Lecture Theatre CSG01), with the lecture starting at 18h00.

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