Our Research

In our school we undertake leading research that is addressing global challenges that our society faces. Our School's key research theme is Sustainable Infrastructure. Research areas in the school include: renewable energy; structural dynamics and reliability; concrete technology; groundwater and environmental systems; and engineering education.

Our staff's research interests are listed below to give you an idea of some of the research that is ongoing in the School. If you are interested in joining us, to undertake research, please contact Dr Niall Holmes (contact details) for further information.

Una Beagon


Una Beagon is a Chartered Structural Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in industry before joining DIT. She has a special interest in Engineering Education and has been involved in several projects relating to development of professional skills amongst engineering students. She was a Teaching Fellow in the College of Engineering and the Built Environment in 2014/15 and implemented a Problem Based Learning module with undergraduate students. 

Ms Beagon is currently undertaking a PhD in Engineering Education, investigating how the current engineering curriculum and teaching methodologies prepare students for a career in a global and ever changing industry.


Una Beagon publications


Dr Aimee Byrne


Dr Aimee Byrne lectures in Mechanics of Materials, Structural Analysis and Engineering Graphics. Dr Byrne completed her Post Doctoral Research in the development of cement batteries to store photovoltaic energy to power cathodic protection of reinforcement in concrete structures. Dr Byrne holds a Degree and Ph.D. in Engineering from Trinity College Dublin. Her thesis examined the Irish energy efficiency residential retrofit scheme. The analysis was based in the disciplines of structural and thermal engineering as well as human geography.

Previously Dr Byrne has worked in industry as a structural design engineer at Arup Consulting Engineers working on large scale projects, most notably the new St. Vincent’s Private Hospital.



Dr Aimee Byrne publications


Dr Lorraine D'Arcy


Professor Aidan Duffy


Prof. Duffy is a chartered civil engineer with over 20 years of consulting practice and more than a decade of research and teaching experience. He has a wide expertise in the field of energy consulting, management and research. He has been involved in the design, construction and operation of CHP plant and low-energy buildings and undertakes research on energy devices, systems and policies. He is currently a lecturer in the School of Civil and Structural Engineering and the manager of the Dublin Energy Lab energy research centre at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). He lectures on masters courses in Energy Management and Sustainable Infrastructure and has supervised several PhD students on energy-related research. He has won and managed numerous national and international energy research projects. He has published two books (one in press) on engineering and energy project appraisal and has over 40 international peer-reviewed publications. He is Ireland’s representative on the International Energy Agency’s Task 26 on the Cost of Wind Energy. He sits on the board of the Environmental Sustainable and Health Institute at DIT. He is a member of the Irish Energy Institute Membership Sub-committee and the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Energy and Sustainability. His main research interests include: energy policy; techno-economic modelling of energy systems; and life cycle assessment.



Prof. Aidan Duffy publications


Dr Bernard Enright


Dr Bernard Enright originally qualified as a civil engineer and worked in information technology in engineering and in the financial markets for 25 years. Dr Enright has been a lecturer in Civil Engineering at Dublin Institute of Technology since 2003. He has a PhD in the area of extreme traffic loading on bridges which he receieved from University College Dublin under Professor Eugene O’Brien.

Dr Enright's research interests are in the areas of probabilistic methods, simulation, load modelling, extreme value theory and structural reliability.



Dr Bernard Enright publications


Dr Niall Holmes

BEng MSc PhD Cert. Eng. Dip. Eng. PG Dip. CEng FIEI

Dr Niall Holmes is an Assistant Head of School, structural engineer and researcher. He is a chartered engineer and Fellow of Engineers Ireland having worked in industry for many years before returning to academia. His main areas of research are in concrete durability, structural engineering and cement science. Dr Holmes has secured significant research funding and published widely in these areas. His is currently supervising PhD and Masters research students and is an invited speaker at many national industry events. He is chairperson of the Schools Research Committee and a reviewer for four international peer reviewed journals.


Dr Niall Holmes publications 


Liam McCarton

B.Eng (Hons) M.Eng.Sc

Liam McCarton has over 20 years experience in environmental engineering design, construction & commissioning of water and sanitation, education and health infrastructure projects within Ireland, Asia, South America and Africa.


Dervilla Niall

BA BAI CEng MIStructE MSc PgDip

Dervilla Niall is a chartered civil/structural engineer with extensive industry experience in varied structural engineering projects. She incorporates her industry experience into both the structural engineering modules that she teaches and her research activity. Ms Niall’s research interests are in the areas of the development of sustainable construction materials, in particular smart energy concrete solutions.



Dervilla Niall publications


Dr Ahmed Elssidig Nasr


Dr Nasr has worked on a wide range of research projects that cover various hydrological applications including rainfall-runoff modelling, flood forecasting, water quality modelling, statistical analysis of river flow data, and groundwater modelling.