Dr. Will Ronan is a Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering. He completed his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at NUI Galway (graduating in 2013 and funded by the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology Embark Scholarship) on the mechanics of cells. This research primarily focused on development and implementation of constitutive material models and adhesion models using the finite element method. During this time, he spent one year as a visiting scholar in the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 2013, he was awarded a Science Foundation Ireland Short-Term Travel Fellowship which he used to visit the University of Cambridge. This research collaboration expanded on his previous doctoral work to examine the kinetics and mechanics of cell adhesion. In 2014, he began a post-doctoral research project at the Cambridge Centre for Micromechanics on the tensile ductility and toughness of lattice materials & polymer foams. He returned to NUI Galway in 2016, originally as a faculty member in Mechanical Engineering, before moving to his current role in Biomedical Engineering.

Dr. Ronan's research interests include: biomechanics of cells; the mechanical behaviour of degrading polymers; composite micromechanics; and computational mechanics. My teaching covers areas such as solid mechanics, finite element methods, biomedical design, and biotransport & biofluids.

Dr Ronan collaborates with researchers in the fields of biomechanics, computational modelling, and mechanics of materials including:

  • Prof V Deshpande, University of Cambridge
  • Prof R McMeeking, University of California Santa Barbara
  • Dr Eral Bel, University College London
  • Dr Sean McGinty, University of Glasgow
  • Dr Ellen Roche, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Students interested in applying for external PhD or postdoctoral funding (IRC, Marie Curie etc) are encouraged to contact me with a current 2 page CV and details of the funding source.