I did my MSc and PhD at University College Dublin, and there I was very lucky to be supervised by the late Professor Michael A Hayes. I learned a lot from him and have since tried to be as good a mentor, to as many early-stage researchers as possible. Below is a partial list of some of those who came to work with me. Don't hesitate to contact them to find out what it's like!

Then there is a chart where I keep count of all the reference letters I've written since 2010: more than 240 so far!

I also list all the courses I've taught so far. My wish is that the students were inspired by these Applied Mathematics courses and found them challenging and rewarding.


MENTORING


Yangkun Du
PhD Student - 2015-2020 [articles together: 2]
I met Yangkun in 2017, when I first visited Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. We worked on growth and residual stresses in soft matter. The next year he applied successfully to the China Research Council for support to visit Galway and work with me for two years (2018-20).

Hannah Conroy Broderick
PhD Student - 2016-2020 [articles together: 2]
Straight after her BSc in Applied Mathematics at NUI Galway, Hannah applied successfully for a Hardiman Scholarship (declined) and an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship (accepted!), for a PhD in Applied Mathematics under my supervision. She is working on the stability of dielectric elastomers.

Michele Righi
Doctoral Visiting Scholar - 2018 [article together: 1]
Michele is a PhD student at the Scuola Sant'Anna in Pisa, Italy. In 2018 he came to Galway for six months and we worked on the stability of dielectric elastomers.

Antonia Trotta
Doctoral Visiting Scholar - 2018 [articles together: 2]
Antonia did her PhD at University College Dublin (2015-18), supervised by Aisling Ni Annaidh, my former PhD student. She was funded by a Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Training Network and came for a short-term visit to Galway to work on the modelling of brain matter. She is currently fixed-term Lecturer of Mechanical Engineering at UCD.

Taisiya Sigaeva
Postdoctoral Visiting Scholar - 2018 [articles together: 3]
Tais contacted me in the summer of 2017 to start a collaboration. She then came to Galway from Canada for four weeks as a James M Flaherty Research Scholar; here is her report (great pics!). She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Engineering at the University of Calgary.

Yipin Su
PhD Student - 2011-2016; Post-Doctoral Fellow - 2018-2020 [articles together: 4]
In 2011, Yipin started his PhD in Solid Mechanics at Zhejiang University, China, under the supervision of Weiqiu Chen. We met at a conference in 2015 and he then decided to visit me for six months in Galway. I ended up being a co-supervisor for his PhD [download here]. After his PhD he successfully applied to the Irish Research Funding to come back to Galway for two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow.

Valentina Balbi
Research Assistant - 2015-2016; Post-Doctoral Fellow - 2017-2019 [articles together: 2]
After a PhD in Paris, Valentina came to Galway for three months as a Research Assistant, with support from Enterprise Ireland. Next she became a Postdoctoral Fellow, first at the University of Manchester for a year, and then back at NUI Galway for two years, as a Marie Curie-Sklodowska Fellow. She is now a Lecturer of Applied Mathematics at the University of Limerick.

Ilaria Cinelli
PhD Student - 2013-2018 [PhD thesis: download here; articles together: 4]
Ilaria started her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at NUI Galway in 2013, with funding from the Galway University Foundation. She was co-supervised by Maeve Duffy and Peter McHugh and later, by me also. She was, and still is, very involved in the Mars Society! She is now a Postdoctoral researcher at Tufts University.

Melania Carfagna
Doctoral Visiting Scholar - 2015-2016 [article together: 1]
Melania was doing her PhD in Politecnico di Torino with Alfio Grillo when she decided to work with me for three months in Galway at the end of 2015. She finished her PhD in 2017 and is now a Data Modeler for Toyota Europe.

Robert Mangan
Final Year Project Student - 2014-2015; PhD Student - 2015-2018 [PhD thesis: download here; articles together: 5]
Robert went to NUI Galway as an undergraduate student in Mathematical Science, and then to the University of Limerick for an MSc in Mathematical Modelling. He then started a PhD with me, funded by the Irish Research Council, which he completed one year early! He is now a Computer Vision Engineer at Intel.

Irene Lusetti
Summer Intern - 2015 [article together: 1]
Irene came to Galway from Politecnico di Milano, Italy, for a three month summer internship in 2015. We worked on wrinkles in soft solids and wrote an article together. She is now a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company.

David Nolan
PhD Scholar 2014 [articles together: 2]
David was doing his PhD in Biomedical Engineering (supervisor: Pat McGarry) at NUI Galway when I got in touch with him in 2014. We needed some expertise in Finite Element simulations and he was the best! He is currently a fixed-term Lecturer in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Trinity College Dublin.

Artur Gower
PhD Student - 2011-2015 [PhD thesis: download here; articles together: 7]
Artur joined NUI Galway as a Hardiman Scholar, for a PhD in Applied Mathematics under my supervision. In his second year he was awarded further PhD funding from the Irish Research Council. He was working on the propagation of waves and the formation of wrinkles on soft matter. He got a three year Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Manchester and is now Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at Sheffield University.

Zaki Abiza
Summer Intern - 2011 [article together: 1]
Zaki came to Galway from the Enseirb-Matmeca engineering school in Bordeaux, France, for a three month summer internship. We worked on waves in soft solids and wrote an article together. He followed his Aeronautic Engineering degree in France with a Global Executive MBA in Spain and is now a Business Development & Aerospace Engineer at Dassault Systemes.

Luigi Vergori
Post-Doctoral Fellow - 2012-2013 [articles together: 4]
Luigi joined NUI Galway as a Marie Curie COFUND Fellow. He was funded by the Italian Institute of Higher Mathematics and the European Commission to work on instability and anisotropy. He went on to become a Lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Glasgow, and now a Lecturer in Engineering at the University of Perugia.

Badar Rashid
PhD Student - 2009-2012 [PhD thesis: download here; articles together: 10]
Badar joined University College Dublin for a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, co-supervised with Prof. Michael Gilchrist (UCD). He was funded by the Irish Research Council to work on the modelling of brain matter at dynamic strain rates. He is now Brigadier-General, Director of Research and Development at Pakistan Ordnance Factories in Wah Cantt.

Julie Motherway
PhD Scholar - 2011 [articles together: 2]
Julie was doing her PhD in Mechanical Engineering (supervisor: Michael Gilchrist) at University College Dublin when I was there as a Marie Curie Fellow. In 2011 I needed help with some Finite Element simulations and she was the best! She is now Product Development Team Leader in Research & Development for biomedical instruments and devices at Stryker Instruments in Cork.

Aisling Ni Annaidh
PhD Student - 2008-2012 [PhD thesis: download here; articles together: 7]
Aisling's PhD in Mechanical Engineering was co-supervised with Prof. Michael Gilchrist (UCD). She spent one year in the Institut d'Alembert in Paris and completed a Joint PhD awarded by UCD and by Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, for work on the mechanics of stabbing. After working for one year as an engineer, she is now a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering in UCD.

Riccardo De Pascalis
PhD Student - 2008-2012 [PhD thesis: download here; articles together: 2]
Riccardo's PhD in Mechanics was co-supervised with Prof. Giuseppe Saccomandi (Lecce). He spent one year in the Institut d'Alembert in Paris for his Joint PhD. He was funded by the Universita del Salento and the Franco-Italian University, to work on the semi-inverse method in solid mechanics and instabilities. He then became a post-doctoral fellow, at the University of Manchester, at the Universite Denis Diderot in Paris, and now at the Universita del Salento in Italy.

Melanie Ottenio
PhD Student - 2003-2006 [PhD thesis: download here; articles together: 5]
Melanie joined the Universite Pierre et Marie Curie for a PhD in Mechanics, co-supervised with Prof. Gerard Maugin (Paris) and Prof. Ray Ogden (Glasgow). She spent one year in Glasgow for her Joint PhD. She was funded by the French Minister for Science and Technology and the Stevenson Foundation, to work on waves and surface stability in pre-stressed solids. After one year as a post-doctoral fellow at the Universite de Bordeaux I, she became a Lecturer at the Universite de Lyon.


REFERENCE LETTERS





CURRENT & PAST TEACHING


2018-2019:
Galway: MP180 Applied Mathematics (48 lectures);
Galway: MP345 Mathematical Methods 1 (24 lectures);
Galway: MP346 Mathematical Methods 2 (24 lectures);
Hangzhou: Nonlinear Elasticity and Incremental Equations of Instability (Graduate Course, 6 lectures);
Udine: Waves and Wrinkles for the Mechano-biology of Skin (Graduate Course, 5 lectures).

2017-2018:
Galway: MP180 Applied Mathematics (48 lectures);
Galway: MP365 Fluid Mechanics (24 lectures);
Brescia: Introduction to Nonlinear Elasticity (Graduate Course, 12 lectures);
Hangzhou: Incremental Equations of Instability for Soft Solids (Graduate Course, 6 lectures).

2016-2017:
Galway: MP345 Mathematical Methods I (24 lectures);
Galway: MP346 Mathematical Methods II (24 lectures);
Galway: MP236 Mechanics I (24 lectures).

2015-2016:
Galway: MP345 Mathematical Methods I (24 lectures);
Galway: MP346 Mathematical Methods II (24 lectures);
Galway: MP365 Fluid Mechanics (24 lectures).
Galway: MP237 Mechanics II (24 lectures)
Ravello: Incremental Equations of Instability for Soft Solids (Graduate Course, 6 lectures).

2014-2015:
Galway: MP345 Mathematical Methods I (24 lectures);
Galway: MP410 Nonlinear Elasticity (24 lectures);
Galway: PH109 Special Topics in Physics (1 lecture).

2013-2014:
Galway: MA119 Mathematics for Business (12 lectures);
Galway: MA109 Statistics for Business (12 lectures);
Galway: MP346 Mathematical Methods II (24 lectures);
Galway: MP365 Fluid Mechanics (24 lectures).
Galway: PH109 Special Topics in Physics (1 lecture).

2012-2013:
Galway: MA119 Mathematics for Business (12 lectures);
Galway: MA109 Statistics for Business (12 lectures);
Galway: MP180 Applied Mathematics (48 lectures);
Galway: MP410 Nonlinear Elasticity (24 lectures);
Modena: Incremental Stability of Soft Solids (Graduate Course, 5 lectures);
Udine: Incremental Equations for Soft Fibrous Materials (Graduate Course, 6 lectures).

2011-2012:
Galway: MP120 Engineering Mechanics (24 lectures);
Galway: MP252 Engineering Applied Mathematics II (10 lectures);
Galway: MP363 Methods of Mathematical Physics I (24 lectures);
Galway: MP364 Methods of Mathematical Physics II (24 lectures);
Galway: MP491 Nonlinear Systems (24 lectures);
Limerick: Nonlinear Elasticity (Graduate Course, 5 lectures).

2010-2011:
Galway: MP363 Methods of Mathematical Physics I (24 lectures);
Galway: MP364 Methods of Mathematical Physics II (24 lectures);
Galway: MP406 Classical Elasticity (24 lectures).

2009-2010:
Madrid: Incremental Stability and Bifurcation (Graduate Course, 10 lectures).

2006-2007:
Udine: Interfacial Waves in Pre-Stressed Elastic Bodies (Graduate Course, 6 lectures).

2003-2004:
Paris: Ondes Elastiques dans des Solides Pre-Contraints (Graduate Course, 12 lectures).

2000-2002:
Texas A&M: MATH308 Differential Equations (6 times).

1996-1997:
Rennes: Secondary School Physics and Chemistry.