Dr Sinéad Mitchell

PhD

Contact Details

Lecturer
Alice Perry Engineering Building Room 2024, NUI Galway, University Road
NUI Galway,
E: sinead.mitchell@nuigalway.ie
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sineadmitchell/
 
researcher
 

Biography

Dr. Sinéad Mitchell is a lecturer in the School of Engineering. She teaches a wide range of subjects for undergraduate and post graduate level. She draws on her rich background working with industry as a  business consultant and researcher in sustainable engineering with a background in healthcare manufacturing and social enterprise development. She has participated in a number of EU funded projects, working with many different educational institutions and companies across Europe. Principal research interests include sustainability and eco-innovation, particularly in small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Other research interests include circular economy. sustainable assistive technologies, corporate social responsibility, sustainable procurement, waste management, life cycle assessment, product service systems/

Research Interests

Principal interests include sustainable and circular manufacturing and eco-innovation, particularly in small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Other research interests include corporate social responsibility, sustainable procurement, waste management, life cycle assessment, product service systems/circular economy and alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2019) 'Manufacturing SMEs doing it for themselves: developing, testing and piloting an online sustainability and eco-innovation toolkit for SMEs'
Mitchell, S;O'Dowd, P;Dimache, A (2019) 'Manufacturing SMEs doing it for themselves: developing, testing and piloting an online sustainability and eco-innovation toolkit for SMEs'. International Journal of Sustainable Engineering, [DOI] [Details]
(2019) 'Manufacturing SMEs doing it for themselves: developing, testing and piloting an online sustainability and eco-innovation toolkit for SMEs'
Mitchell, S,O'Dowd, P,Dimache, A (2019) 'Manufacturing SMEs doing it for themselves: developing, testing and piloting an online sustainability and eco-innovation toolkit for SMEs'. International Journal of Sustainable Engineering, [DOI] [Details]
(2019) 'Manufacturing SMEs doing it for themselves: developing, testing and piloting an online sustainability and eco-innovation toolkit for SMEs'
Sinéad Mitchell, Paul O'Dowd, Aurora Dimache (2019) 'Manufacturing SMEs doing it for themselves: developing, testing and piloting an online sustainability and eco-innovation toolkit for SMEs'. International Journal of Sustainable Engineering, [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2020) 'Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies Series'
Gaberščik, C; Mitchell, S ;Fayne, A (2020) 'Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies Series' In: Sustainable Design and Manufacturing Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies. Singapore: Springer. [DOI] [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2020) 7th International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing (KES-SDM 2020)
Gaberščik, C; Mitchell, S ;Fayne, A (2020) Saving Lives and Saving the Planet: The Readiness of Ireland’s Healthcare Manufacturing Sector for the Circular Economy . In: Scholz et al eds. 7th International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing (KES-SDM 2020) Split Croatia, , 10-SEP-20 - 11-SEP-20 , pp.205-214 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2012) 13th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium
Mitchell, S., Dimache, A., & O'Dowd, P (2012) The Issue of waste in European Manufacturing SMEs 13th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2011) 1st International Conference on Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing
Dimache, A., Mitchell, S., & O'Dowd, P. (2011) Business Sustainability Methodology for European Manufacturing SMEs 1st International Conference on Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2010) International Manufacturing Conference 27
Dimache, A., Mitchell, S., & O'Dowd, P (2010) TRAPSS (Transition along the product-service system route) a smart solution for manufacturing SMEs International Manufacturing Conference 27 [Details]
(2010) International Manufacturing Conference 27
Mitchell, S., O'Dowd, P., & Dimache, A. (2010) Environmental challenges and opportunities for European manufacturing SMEs International Manufacturing Conference 27 [ARAN Link] [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2011 Luigi Mendia Award International Waste Working Group
2006 Bronze Award Abbott Ireland Diagnostics Division
2004 Gold Award for Excellence Abbott Ireland Diagnostics Division

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
CIWM Chartered Institute of Waste Management Member 01-JAN-09 / 31-DEC-12
IWWG International Waste Working Group Member 01-JAN-09 / 31-DEC-12
Engineers Ireland Member 01-DEC-02 / 31-DEC-20

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
An Mheithal Rothar Board of Directors Director 01-JAN-20 / 31-DEC-23
CUSP Research and Learning Workgroup Researcher, educator, member of group 15-OCT-19 / 31-DEC-20
Staff Student Liaison Committee Chair 17-JUN-19 / 31-MAR-21
Research Committee Member 17-JUN-18 / 23-JUN-20
EDI & Athena Swan Member 17-JUN-18 / 31-DEC-21

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
FutureSME Sustainable Manufacturing Researcher 01-MAY-09 / 31-DEC-12
University of Limerick Lecturer 01-JAN-13 / 01-JAN-14
NUI Galway - Adult and Flexible Learning Lecturer in Operations Engineering 01-JAN-17 / 31-DEC-20
Allergan Pharama Engineer 16-OCT-06 / 31-DEC-07
Longford Womens Link Project Manager - Community Services Programme 02-JUL-07 / 11-JUN-09
Abbott Engineer 01-SEP-04 / 29-OCT-06
Business in the Community Ireland Business advisor on sustainability 01-OCT-13 / 05-FEB-18
Independent Consultant Sustainable Business Consultant 01-JAN-13 / 31-AUG-14

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2003 Danish Technical Instiute European Project Semester Export Engineering
2014 Galway Mayo Institute of Technology PhD Sustainability and Eco-Innovation in Manufacturing in SMEs
2020 National University of Ireland Galway Post Graduate Certificate Teaching and Learning
2004 National University of Ireland Galway Bachelor of Engineering Industrial Engineering and Information Systems
2011 Institute of Technology Sligo Post Graduate Certificate Research Practice

Languages

  Language
Irish
French
German
Danish

Community Engagement

  Title Type From / To
Other Turn2me.org 01-DEC-12 / 31-DEC-14
Board Membership AMR 01-JAN-20 / 31-DEC-23

Teaching Interests

Teaching interests include the area of systems, industrial and mechanical engineering with a particular focus on sustainability and eco-innovation. 

Current Postgraduate Students (Taught)

  Name Degree Primary Supervisor
Syam Sreekandan Nair Master of Applied Science Y

Recent Postgraduate Students

  Graduation Name Degree Primary Supervisor
2019 Prakruthi Arish MASTERS DEGREE (LEVEL 9) Y
2020 Cherelle Johnson MASTERS OF SCIENCE Y
2020 Gráinne Farrell Master of Applied Science Y
2020 Rahul Bahuguna Master of Applied Science Y
2019 Carla Gabersick MASTERS DEGREE (LEVEL 9) Y
2020 Pratik Sondagar Master of Applied Science Y
2020 Osama AlHanbali MASTER OF ENGINEERING Y
2021 Ciaran O'Dwyer MASTERS DEGREE (LEVEL 9)
2019 HUAYI ZHAO MASTERS DEGREE (LEVEL 9) Y
2018 Harry Begley MASTERS DEGREE (LEVEL 9) Y
2018 Declan Fahey MASTERS DEGREE (LEVEL 9) Y
2019 Priyanka Borhade MASTERS DEGREE (LEVEL 9) Y
2020 Michael Heslin MASTER OF ENGINEERING Y
2019 ACHAL DESAI MASTERS DEGREE (LEVEL 9) Y

Current Postgraduate Students (Research)

  Student Degree Type Type
Ciaran O'Dwyer Masters - Research - Master of Applied Science Co-supervisor (1)

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
2018/19 Research Methods ME520 The aim of this course is to equip candidates with appropriate skills to conduct autonomous research. It is essential for the effective generation, collection analysis and interpretation of scientific knowledge.
2019/20 Research Methods ME520
2020/21 Socio-technical Project DOE2103
2020/21 Project Management for Engineers ME3102
2020/21 Research Methods ME520
2020/21 Research Methods for Engineers ME521
2020/21 Introduction to Sustainability 1 BSS2103
2019/20 Information Systems and Operations Management MS217
2020/21 Mechanical Engineering Fourth Year Project ME4107
2019/20 Operations Strategy IE319
2019/20 Logistics and Transportation IE345
2019/20 Research Methods for Engineers ME521
2019/20 Project Management for Engineers ME3102
2019/20 Final Year Project Supervision ME4107
2018/19 Research Methods for Engineers ME251 The aim of this course is to equip engineers with appropriate skills to conduct autonomous research. It is essential for the effective generation, collection analysis and interpretation of scientific knowledge.
2018/19 Information and Operations Management MS217
2018/19 Operations Strategy IE319
2018/19 Logistics and Transportation IE345
2018-19 Engineering Design EI150
2017/18 Operations Strategy IE319
2017/18 Logistics and Transportation IE345
2017/18 Information and Operations Management MS217
2017/18 Introduction to Regulatory Affaris in Manufacturing ME3104 The module is made of of four sections: Medical Device Regulatory Affairs  Product Safety and Product Liability  Risk assessment and Risk Management  Machinery Regulations and CE Marking

External Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country Description of Collaboration
Dr. Aylin Ates University of Strathclyde UNITED KINGDOM
Research interests in manufacturing SMEs