Professor Peter McHugh was elected Science Secretary of the Royal Irish Academy at the Stated General Meeting of the RIA recently.
The Royal Irish Academy is Ireland’s leading body of experts in the sciences and humanities. Founded in 1785 The Royal Irish Academy/Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann is a publicly funded institution established for the promotion of Irish academic research.
Professor Peter McHugh holds a BE in Mechanical Engineering from UCG (1987 ), and an MSc (1990 ) and PhD (1992 ) in Mechanics of Solids from Brown University, Providence, USA. He joined NUI Galway in 1991, where he is currently Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Head of Discipline of Biomedical Engineering, within the College of Engineering and Informatics.
His research is focused on fundamental developments and applications of computational and experimental methods in biomechanics, tissue mechanics and medical implants and devices. He has taken a leadership role in the development of biomedical engineering in Ireland through high quality and prolific research and publication output, and undergraduate and graduate education programme generation.
He has received numerous awards, including membership of the Royal Irish Academy (2011 ), the Silver Medal of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (Section of Bioengineering ) in 2011, the Presidential Nominee Fellowship of Engineers Ireland in (2009 ), and the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (1995 ).