Head of Discipline

Dr. Zhan’s research interest is to develop a sustainable agricultural industry by studying the environmental and energy issues: (i) biofuels production from agro-industrial wastes and crop by-products (ii) advanced technologies for nitrogen removal from wastewater (iii) development of adsorbents and nanomaterials for water supply, wastewater treatment and biofuel production.

Academic Staff

Dr. Clifford has been involved in the development of a number of water and waste treatment technologies. His research focus is on the development and validation of new environmental and energy efficient technologies for water treatment, wastewater treatment, sludge treatment, and odour & gas treatment.

Prof. Goggins’ research interests linked to the activities of the Institute for Environment, Marine and Energy include the development of sustainable and resilient structures for buildings and energy infrastructure (For further information: www.nuigalway.structures).

Dr. Hartnett is the Research Director of the Marine Modelling Centre. Activities within the centre include: deep ocean water circulation modelling; estuarine and coastal circulation modelling; nutrient modelling; water quality modelling; biological modelling; heavy metal modelling; wave climate modelling; and modelling air-sea interfaces.

Dr. Mark G. Healy is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of Engineers Ireland, and is a lecturer (above the bar) in Civil Engineering at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Dr. Healy’s research work is primarily in the area of experimental environmental engineering and soil erosion. He has published 2 book chapters and 45 peer-reviewed, national and international journal papers. To date, with collaborators, he has successfully competed for research funding awards in excess of €3.4 million. Recent and on-going research projects on which Dr. Healy is PI include projects funded by EPA/COFORD, Teagasc , DAFF and IRCSET. His research interests include: surface and subsurface processes with a particular interest in erosion and surface runoff of nutrients, solids and metals, and leaching of nutrients through soil; greenhouse gas emissions; soil fertility; constructed wetlands; sand filtration; sequencing batch reactors; biosolids; composting; and the effects of forestry activities, such as clearfelling, on the environment (nutrient loss, use of buffer zones, greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere).

Dr. Keane is the leader of the Sustainability and Built Environment priority research area. He is a lecturer in Civil Engineering, and the founder and NUI Galway Head of the Informatics Research Unit for Sustainable Engineering (IRUSE), which is dually affiliated to UCC.

‌Dr. Patrick McGetrick

Civil Engineering

Room: Eng-1040

+353 (0)91 492571


  • Sustainability and the Built Environment
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Timber Engineering
  • Structural Engineering


Stephen’s interests are in the numerical modelling of marine waters from shallow coastal waters to the deep ocean. Particular processes of interest are tidal circulation, transport of pollutants, water quality and primary production.

Dr Guangxue Wu

Room: ENG-tbc

+353 (0)91 49XXXX


Post Doctoral Researchers / Research Engineers

  • CFD modelling of indoor environments
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • Control optimisation of energy efficient
  • Weather Monitoring

Administrative Staff

‌Serena Lawless
Room: Eng-1033, Alice Perry Engineering Building
+353 (0)91 492170

Technical Staff - Engineering

Chief Technical Officers

Senior Technical Officer