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Our Research

The School of Engineering accommodates a wide range of research interests, with much of the activity spanning the three departments. The research conducted within the School is diverse and includes mathematical modelling and experimental measurement-based work. Much of the work is collaborative with other Schools in College and with national and international partners. Several research groups are recognised as international leaders in their fields; these groups are active in areas such as bioengineering; digital media; energy, transport and the environment; and telecommunications.


There are currently three research centres located within the School, the Trinity Centre for BioEngineering (TCBE), the Centre for Transport Research and Innovation (TRIP) and TrinityHaus. Staff from the School of Engineering also contribute significantly to CONNECT (the research centre for future networks and communications), the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN) and the Trinity Consortium on Ageing.

External funding for research is provided from a wide range of sources, including the EU framework programmes, Science Foundation Ireland (Research Frontiers and CSET programmes), HEA (PRTLI programme), Health Research Board, Enterprise Ireland , IRCSET and the Environmental Protection Agency. Around 25 postdoctoral fellows and 120 graduate research students are currently involved in research in the School. Collectively, staff have published over 1,000 academic research papers over the last five years, shared between international, peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings.

The School has been increasing its rate of publication in high impact journals in recent years and this trend is expected to continue and increase. A number of academic staff act as editors or on the editorial boards of international, peer-reviewed journals and several contribute to the organisation of international conferences or to the assessment of research in other academic institutions and of research grant applications.

With an annual research income of nearly €5m, the School is the most successful in the country, as is recognised by its ranking in the world’s top 100.

For further information on research in each department, see: