Cork Institute of Technology
About Matthew Cottrell:
Matthew Cotterell is Head of the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Process Engineering in Cork Institute of Technology (CIT). He obtained bachelor, masters and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from UCD. The School offers a wide range of programmes at craft, technician and engineer level and is also active in research across a wide range of disciplines. A unique feature of the School is it’s innovation ecosystem that encourages students to develop and evaluate ideas into prototype products/systems and to evaluate them in terms of performance, commercial potential and sustainability. The Sustainable Energy Engineering honours degree programme in CIT produced it’s first graduate cohort in 2010 and is accredited by the Energy Institute. The programme team has developed strong links with industry through undergraduate/graduate placement and collaborative project work. Graduates of the programme have gained employment across a wide range of organisations and are now leading and implementing projects in energy management and new technology appraisal/introduction. CIT has developed a number of energy test-beds that demonstrate best practice in energy management; modelling and analysis of the data generated is the focus of a number of doctoral level research projects across the School.
Matthew was the founding manager Centre for Advanced Manufacturing & Management Systems (CAMMS) in CIT which offers a comprehensive range of training and professional development programmes to industry. His research interests include the modelling and optimisation of manufacturing processes. He is Hon. Secretary and Past Chair of the Irish Manufacturing Council (IMC) that organises the International Manufacturing Conference held annually in Ireland since 1984. The Conference is hosted each year by a third level college in Ireland (both north and south). Energy issues relating to manufacturing have featured strongly at the Conference in recent years.