OPTI-SDS project team

Dr Mark Foley

Head of the Lab

Dr Mark Foley is the Principal Investigator of the project

·         2015-present   Academic Director, MSc in Medical Physics  
·         2009-2016   Director, BSc Physics with Medical Physics    
·          2008-2010       Vice-Dean, Strategy and Communications, College of Science
·         2007-present   Full-time permanent academic, School of Physics 
·         2005-2019   University Radiological Protection Officer (RPO) 
·         2005-2007       Fixed-term lecturer, School of Physics 
·         2004-present   FFR lecturer, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland 
·         2002-2014   Lecturer, “School Leavers” Access programme & Mature Students Access programme, NUI Galway

Dr Jamie Goggins 

Dr Jamie Goggins is the Co-Principal Investigator of the project

Jamie has over 10 years experience in consultancy, construction and research. Jamie's research activities spans a wide range of areas, including in the fields of structures, earthquake engineering, sustainable construction technologies, sustainable energy and life cycle assessment. Over the last three years he has secured over 600,000EUR worth of funding as Principal Investigator for research projects, in addition to receiving funding as a collaborator for on a EU FP7 project (worth 250,000EUR). Jamie is a chartered engineer and has worked as a consultant on both national and international projects. He has also worked as a site engineer and project manager in both Australia and Ireland. He collaborates with both industry and international research institutes on many research projects. He has won awards for both his research and teaching activities. He is actively involved in the engineering professional body in Ireland, Engineers Ireland, and together with his students undertakes many outreach activities with the local, national and international communities.

Dr Le Chi Hung - Postdoctoral Researcher

Postdoctoral Researcher

Chi-Hung is a postdoctoral researcher in the Materials & Structures group of MaREI and the Opti-SDS Project group at NUI Galway, working on a project to design the soil depressurisation systems to prevent Indoor radon concentration for buildings.

Chi-Hung obtained his PhD on  ‘Undrained Behavior of Suction Bucket Foundation in Clay for Offshore Wind Turbine’ in 2014. His main research interests are the development of numerical models and experimental investigations in the areas of geotechnical engineering, offshore foundations, and foundations for buildings. As a postdoctoral researcher at NUI Galway, he has developed a test apparatus that enables the measurement of air permeability of soils and granular fill materials under different compaction degrees, as well as varying of moisture contents in the design of soil depressurisation system for buildings. Furthermore, he has also developed an engineering tool within MATLAB called CPT2K. The tool allows civil engineers to accurately obtain almost of soil parameters required for geotechnical engineering design using Cone Penetration Tests.

Further information about Chi-Hung can be found on ResearchGate .

Marta Fuente Lastra - PhD Candidate

Marta Fuente is the PhD student working on OPTI-SDS. Marta has a BSc in Physics and a MSc in Physics, Instrumentation and Environment from University of Cantabria, Spain.