Inspirefest 2017

Lisa Looney

Executive dean, Faculty of Engineering and Computing, DCU

Prof Lisa Looney is executive dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Computing, and a member of the senior management team in Dublin City University (DCU). This is Ireland’s fastest-growing university, known for its strong industry engagement and STEM profile. She leads a faculty with students in areas ranging from mechatronics to biomedical engineering, enterprise computing and electronic engineering.

Looney’s own disciplinary background is in mechanical engineering, and her research interests span areas of materials processing, particularly biomaterials. She undertook her PhD in the Netherlands, based in a European Commission research centre, and she also lived and worked as a researcher in New Zealand. She is an experienced supervisor and research examiner internationally, and has a strong track record in learning and teaching, particularly in respect of work on teaching styles, assessment and curricular design in engineering.

Prior to her current role, Looney was dean of graduate studies in DCU, and was particularly active in the European Universities Association Council for Doctoral Education. She was involved in drafting the Irish National Framework for Doctoral Education, and is currently leading the development of an Irish National Code of Good Practice for Research Degrees. She was central to the building of a regionally based graduate research school, and the major project of incorporating three teacher education colleges into DCU, completed in 2017. She has been heavily involved in developing engagement internationally with Brazilian and Vietnamese agencies and institutions on behalf of DCU and the Irish Universities Association.

Looney has a particular interest in issues relating to women in her profession of engineering; attracting women to the field, retaining them and studying their career experience. She has managed projects on developing school resources, designing training programmes for teachers, setting up an e-monitoring scheme and surveying professional engineers.