Prof. Tadhg O’Donovan is the Associate Head of the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University’s Dubai campus. In this role, he is responsible for undergraduate degree programmes in Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical and Electronic, Automotive and Energy Engineering, and postgraduate degree programmes in Energy, Renewable Energy Engineering and Advance Mechanical Engineering.
Prior to this, Tadhg was an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Heriot-Watt University’s Edinburgh campus. He has worked in academia for a total of 14 years now.
Tadhg has a research background in thermal science focusing on solar energy conversion, systems and storage. He has established collaborative links with industry and employs a techno-economic approach to support various renewable energy companies. To date, he has published in excess of 80 research papers in peer reviewed conferences and high impact factor journals. He has an established record of teaching innovation, and his innovative teaching practices have earned him the prestigious Graduates’ Teaching Award in 2013 and 2017.
Tadhg received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Trinity College Dublin in 2005 and continued there as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and lecturer before joining Heriot-Watt University. He represents Heriot-Watt University for the Energy theme for the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA) and is the Director of the Scottish Institute for Solar Energy Research (SISER) as well as the Honorary Education Secretary for Energy Institute in the Middle East.
In his free time, Tadhg likes to spend time with his young family; he has a 6-year-old daughter, Eilidh and a 3-year-old son, Seán. He also enjoys sports such as swimming and running and plays squash, badminton, golf and tennis.
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