This website provides an overview of the research, teaching, and other academic activties for Dr William Ronan. Dr Ronan is a faculty member in Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering & Informatics in NUI Galway.

Dr Ronan's research interests include: biomechanics of cells; the mechanical behaviour of degrading polymers; composite micromechanics; and computational mechanics. My teaching covers areas such as solid mechanics, finite element methods, biomedical design, and biotransport & biofluids.

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I completed my Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at NUI Galway (graduating in 2013 and funded by the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology Embark Scholarship) on the mechanics of cells. This research primarily focused on development and implementation of constitutive material models and adhesion models using the finite element method. During this time, I spent one year as a visiting scholar in the University of California, Santa Barbara.

In 2013, I was awarded a SFI Short-Term Travel Fellowship which I used to visit the University of Cambridge. This research collaboration expanded on my previous doctoral work to examine the kinetics and mechanics of cell adhesion. In 2014, I began a post-doctoral research project at the Cambridge Centre for Micromechanics on the tensile ductility and toughness of lattice materials & polymer foams.

I returned to NUI Galway in 2016, originally as a faculty member in Mechanical Engineering, before moving to my current role in Biomedical Engineering.