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Professor Margaret O'Mahony

Chair of Civil Engineering (Civil Struct & Env. Eng.)

Professor Margaret O'Mahony holds the Chair of Civil Engineering at Trinity College Dublin and is the first woman to do so since its foundation in 1842. Her qualifications include a degree in civil engineering from NUI (Galway) and a doctorate in engineering science from the University of Oxford. She is a Fellow of Engineers Ireland (Chartered Engineer), a Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineers and is a chartered engineer with the Institution of Civil Engineers in the UK. She has served as Head of the Engineering School, Head of the Department of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering and Bursar at TCD. As Director of the Centre for Transport Research, she has coordinated or worked as Principal Investigator on a large number of research contracts funded by the EU and national research agencies. She has been a member of a number of the Transportation Research Board (National Academy of Science) committees in the US and recently served on the Transport Advisory Group for the EU Horizon 2020 Programme. In addition to her academic contributions, she has served on the Board of the Railway Procurement Agency and the National Roads Authority (now both merged to form Transport Infrastructure Ireland). Her current research interests include: innovations in public transport and road infrastructure, optimising transport networks, electric vehicles, smart cities, autonomous vehicles, health impacts of transport pollutants and security in transport networks and hubs.
  autonomous vehicles   Civil Engineering, Pavements and Structures   Congestion Charging   ENERGY   Energy and Climate Change   Energy Efficiency   Energy Engineering   Energy Utilization   Environmental aspects of transportation   Environmental Impacts of Transport   Highway engineering   Impacts of new public transport   Intelligent Vehicles   Intermodal Transport   New Means of Transport   Noise pollution, technology   Public Transport   Renewable energy   Road Design   Road Transport Technology   Simulation and modelling transportation networks   Telecommunications and transport   Traffic Congestion   Transport   Transport policy   Transport psychology and safety   Transport Technology, Engineering   Transportation, Energy Use
 The Impact of NO2 on Health with Particular Emphasis on Vulnerable People
 Electromobility- user impacts and infrastructure requirements
 Previous project experience
 Security on transport networks

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Member of Transport Advisory Group, EU Horizon 2020 2012-2014
Board Member of the National Roads Authority 2009-2012
Member of Board of Railway Procurement Agency (delivering Light Rail Transit and Metro to Dublin) 2000-2005
Has served as a member of the following Transportation Research Board Committees (US): Socio and Economic Factors, Freight Transportation Planning and Logistics, Bus Transit Systems, Light Rail Transit, statistical methodology and software in transportation research
Reviewer for several high impact journals including Transportation Research, Energy Policy, and Applied Energy
Expert Evaluator for the EU R&D Calls
Executive Committee Member of the Universities Transport Study Group (UK) 2000-02 and 2005-06
Accreditation Panel Reviewer for Engineers Ireland
Council of the Association of European Transport 1999 - 2000
Represented the University of Dublin on the Dublin Transportation Initiative Consultative Panel 1991-1993
Invited expert on the Transport panel of the recent Technology Foresight Ireland to formulate future directions for development of transport policies in Ireland. 1996-97
Irish representative on the Benchmarking Group of the EU Transport Research Knowledge Centre project, EXTR@Web
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Chartered Engineer, FIEI, CEng, Engineers Ireland 1993 present
Member of the Irish Academy of Engineering 2010 present
Walsh, Gearoid and O'Mahony, Margaret, Analyzing the Effects of Weather on Light Rail Transit Performance in Dublin, Ireland, Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., Jan 2022, 2022, pp1 - 8, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
French, Claire and O'Mahony, Margaret, Using Automatic Vehicle Location System Data to Assess Impacts of Weather on Bus Journey Times for Different Bus Route Types, 2021 IEEE International Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference (ITSC), Indiana, USA, Sept 2021, 2021, pp2137 - 2144, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Laoide-Kemp, David and O'Mahony, Margaret, Dealing with latency effects in travel time prediction on motorways, Transportation Engineering, 2, 2020, p100009 1 - 100009 8, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Philip Carthy, Aonghus Ó Domhnaill, Margaret O'Mahony, Anne Nolan, Frank Moriarty, Brian Broderick, Martina Hennessy, Aoife Donnelly, Owen Naughton, Sean Lyons, Local NO2 concentrations and asthma among over-50s in Ireland: A microdata analysis, International Journal of Epidemiology, 49, (6), 2020, p1899 - 1908, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Byrne, C.P., Bennett, K.E., Hickey A., Kavanagh, P., Broderick, B., O'Mahony, M., Williams D.J., Short-Term Air Pollution as a Risk for Stroke Admission: A Time-Series Analysis, Cerebrovascular Diseases, Clinical Research in Stroke, 49, 2020, p404 - 411, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
O'Mahony, M., Broderick, B., Hennessy, M. & Gallagher, J., Awareness of health impacts of NO2 and, potential responses to diesel vehicle bans and proposals to cease their production, Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington D.C., Jan, 2019, pp12 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Weldon, P., Morrissey, P.& O'Mahony, M., Micro-Analysis of the Fueling Costs of Electric Vehicles in Consideration of the Range of Options Available to Electric Vehicle Users, Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington D.C., Jan, 2019, pp12 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Colm Byrne, Kathleen Bennett, Anne Hickey, Paul Kavanagh, Brian Broderick, Margaret O'Mahony, David Williams, ACUTIncidence of Disease at Elevated Levels of Fine Particulate Matter (PM2. 5) in Dublin, Ireland, Age and Ageing, 67th Annual & Scientific Meeting of the Irish Gerontological Society, Innovation, Advances and Excellence in Ageing, Sept 2019, 48, (Issue Suppl.3), 2019, pp17 - 65, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Morchid, K. and O'Mahony, M., Transport Sector Impacts of a Border between Ireland and Northern Ireland after a Hard Brexit, Journal of Advanced Transportation, 2019, ( 9029852), 2019, p1 - 15, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Brown, P, Margaret O'Mahony (member of Relish consortium), Zhou, Y., Large expert-curated database for benchmarking document similarity detection in biomedical literature search , Database, The Journal of Biological Databases and Curation, 2019, baz085, 2019, p1 - 66, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL

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Whitney, W. and O'Mahony, M., Modelling international freight traffic with a particular focus on access transport to a peripheral island, 2005, Working Paper, PRESENTED


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Fellow of Trinity College Dublin - FTCD
Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineering
President's Award, Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland, for outstanding contribution to the field
Rendell Palmer and Tritton Award
Transport engineering, city networks, energy, highway engineering, transport network modelling, public transport, environmental impacts of transport, external costs of transport, traffic demand management.