Professor Peter McHugh is Professor of Biomedical Engineering at NUI Galway. He holds a BE in Mechanical Engineering from UCG (1987), and an MSc (1990) and PhD (1992) in Mechanics of Solids from Brown University, Providence, USA. He joined NUI Galway in 1991, where he is currently the Established Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Dean of the College of Engineering and Informatics. He is Director of the Biomechanics Research Centre (BMEC). He has a significant publication record, with 137 refereed journal publications, 10 book chapters and over 300 conference publications. He has supervised to completion 24 PhD and 23 research masters students. He has generated over €11m in research funding from national, EU and industry sources, and has active research collaborations with international leaders in the field, spanning Europe and the USA. He has received numerous awards, including membership of the Royal Irish Academy, Ireland’s national academy for the sciences and humanities (2011), the Silver Medal of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (Section of Bioengineering) in 2011, the Presidential Nominee Fellowship of Engineers Ireland in (2009), and the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (1995). He currently holds the position of Secretary for Policy and International Relations of the Royal Irish Academy.

Multi-scale Computational Mechanics in Biomedical Engineering

Professor McHugh’s core research interest is in the area of computational mechanics, using the principles of continuum mechanics to investigate the mechanical behaviour of materials and systems at both the macroscale (the apparent or component level) and at the microscale (through computational micromechanics, where the microstructural features of materials are explicitly represented in computational models), and exploring the linkage between this mechanical behaviour across the length-scales. He has employed computational mechanics, coupled with experimental testing and analysis, through both fundamental and applied research studies, to investigate the behaviour of a broad spectrum of materials and systems, originally focusing on metal matrix composites and superalloys, and for more than the last 20 years focusing on biomedical materials such as stainless steels, nitinol and other implanted metals, polymeric biomaterials, and biological tissue and cells. He has developed new and productive research programs in the areas of cardiovascular, orthopaedic and pulmonary tissue mechanics, and in medical implants and devices, leading to the development of new and powerful engineering design methodologies.