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PhD projects

- Finite Element Modelling of aero-structures
- Design and analysis of composite structures
- Advanced manufacturing methods for aerospace components


Research activity per year

Personal profile


Dr Damian Quinn graduated from Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) in 2005 with an RaeS accredited Master’s degree (First Class Honours) in Aeronautical Engineering.  This was followed in 2010 by the completion of a PhD entitled “Panel Skin Sub-stiffening Concepts for Improved Structural Performance” from the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (QUB).  Prior to joining the staff of QUB as a lecturer in Aircraft Structures in 2012, he undertook two industrially based Post-Doctoral research positions focusing on the analysis and design of aircraft structural components with Bombardier Aerospace and Constellium CRV (previously ALCAN CRV).        

Research Interests

Dr Damian Quinn’s research interests include the structural analysis and design of thin-walled structures, with a strong focus on aerospace applications.  His research targets both metallic applications (analysis and optimised design considering advanced alloys, novel geometric design and new manufacturing methods) and composite applications (impact modelling, structural analysis and integrated design for manufacture).

He has a keen interest in pursuing experimentally based research including material characterisation, structural detail testing and higher TRL sub-component testing.  His numerical research interests are centered on the finite element modeling of thin-walled structural components across multiple scales, including the sizing of large scale aerospace components.  A major element of his numerical research is FEM modelling automation and the interfacing of various design and analysis tools across multiple software platforms.


Teaching Delivery :

Module Title



MEE1035 - Introduction to Aerospace Engineering 1

2013/14 – 21/22

Module Coordinator

AER3004 - Aircraft Structures 3

2012/13 – 16/17

Module Coordinator

AER3008 - Aeronautical Engineering 3

2017/18 – Present

Module Coordinator

MEE7028 - Manufacturing Technology

2017/18 – 22/23

Module Coordinator, New Module 17/18

MEE7032 - Business Management & Enterprise

2017/18– 18/19

Module Coordinator, New Module 17/18

MEE7033 - Engineering Systems & Management

2017/18 – 22/23

Module Coordinator, New Module 17/18

MTS7024 - Manufacturing & Processing of Materials

2018/19– Present

New Module 18/19

AER4013 - Design for Manufacture




Notable Contributions :

  • Development, coordination and delivery of 4 brand new PGT modules on new MSc programmes (MEE7028, MEE7032, MEE7033, MTS7024), defining module curriculum, development of new content and assessments, across a breadth of engineering disciplines, tailored to an unconventional intensive ‘block teaching’ mode of delivery.
  • Co-developed the curriculum, content and assessment mechanisms for 2 further PGT modules in preparation for programme approval (MTS7003 Polymers & Composites; MEE7097 Academic Literacy).
  • Coordinating and teaching on such a large volume of disparate modules has supported ongoing improvement of teaching practices; such as successful development and implementation of a wide range of small and large group teaching strategies, individual and group based assessment techniques, and development of automated feedback capability to improve timeliness and efficiency.


Programme Director for Postgraduate Taught Degrees, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (03/2017 – 08/2022)

Programme Director of:

MSc Advanced Aerospace Engineering

2017 - 2019

MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering

2017 - 2019

MSc Mechanical Engineering with Management (and Industrial Internship)

2017* - 2022

PG Diploma Mechanical Engineering with Management

2017* - 2022

PG Certificate Engineering Management

2017* - 2022

PG Certificate Mechanical Engineering

2017* - 2022

PG Certificate Mechanical Engineering with Management

2020* - 2022

* new programme developed & launched.


Committee Membership:

School Education Board

2017 - 2022

School Exceptional Circumstances Committee

2017 - 2022

School Staff Student Consultative Committee / Student Voice Committee

2017 - 2022

Faculty Educational Committee

2017 - 2022

Faculty PGT Directors Group

2017 - 2022

University Postgraduate Taught Advisory Body

2018 - 2022




Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


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