Pat Mc Garry

Pat Mc Garry


Dr Patrick McGarry’s research focuses primarily on computational and experimental mechanics. He has published over 60 journal papers and over 80 conference abstracts/proceedings in the areas of plasticity, composite structures, fracture mechanics, cell mechanics, tissue mechanics, and medical device design.

He joined the College of Engineering and Informatics the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) as faculty in 2006. In 2017 he held a Visiting Professor appointment at the Technical University of Graz, Austria. Also in 2017 he was appointed J. Tinsley Oden Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Computational Engineering Science at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2018 he held a visiting faculty position at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge.

His research group has produced 13 PhD graduates and has been awarded seven major international research prizes and eight national research prizes. In 2015, Dr McGarry was awarded the NUIG President’s Award for Research Excellence. He has been awarded five major research grants by Science Foundation Ireland and one major H2020 grant. He is the Programme Director for the BE Degree in Biomedical Engineering at NUIG. Dr McGarry previously worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of California Santa Barbara, and at the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science (NUIG).  

Research Interests: Computational and experimental biomechanics; Active mechanical behaviour of biological cells; Mechanics of soft tissue; Bone biomechanics; Fracture mechanics; Plasticity; Composite materials; Medical device design; Tidal turbine design; Finite element methods.

Teaching: Biomechanics (BME400); Advanced Computational Biomechanics (BME5100); Engineering Computing (CT1110).

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