Chair in Composites Engineering, Bombardier-Royal Academy of Engineering, University of Ulster
Eileen Harkin-Jones was appointed to the Bombardier-Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Composites Engineering at the University of Ulster on 1st October this year. Prior to that she held the Boxmore Chair in Polymer Engineering in the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast. She obtained a first class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from University College Dublin in 1983 and then moved to Belfast to work as the production & technical manager of a local polymer processing company for 5 years before commencing a PhD in rotational moulding at Queen’s university Belfast. She obtained her PhD in 1992 and took up a lectureship in Queen’s in 1993 where she remained until September this year. She was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2011 and awarded an OBE for services to higher education in 2013.
Her main areas of research have been in processing of polymers and materials development, particularly polymer nanocomposites. She also has interests in the optimization and simulation of free surface moulding processes and resource efficiency in polymer manufacturing. She has published over 150 papers and won research funding in excess of £8 million. She is a panel member for REF 2014 and serves on the editorial boards of 3 international journals. She is currently Deputy Chair of The Higher Education Authority in Ireland.