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The exchange of Presidential Addresses between the Institution of Civil Engineers and Engineers Ireland has been an annual tradition for many years to reinforce the strong relationship between our two organisations.
This event is the second part of the exchange after the ICE President, Professor Lord Robert Mair, gave his Presidential Address at Engineers Ireland's HQ in Dublin on 14 February 2018.
The President of Engineers Ireland, Dr Kieran Feighan will deliver his Presidential Address to members of Engineers Ireland in London, on the evening of Monday 12 March 2018 at ICE.
In his Presidential Address, Dr Kieran Feighan will show that when a new energy source has been identified and harnessed to improve mobility, then a transformative step change is created in the ability of a particular country or locality to rise above and in many cases dominate their neighbours, both locally and globally.
We will briefly examine in this context the Roman Empire 2000 years ago, the Spanish empire about 500 years ago, the British Empire 200 years ago, the American empire which started c. 120 years ago, and then the Chinese empire, a nascent empire which started within the past 15 years.
The world has again reached a point where the global economy will be changed utterly as a new source of energy (renewables) is coupled with transforming technology (the Internet of Things, Big Data, Sensor Technology) and transport solutions (Autonomous and Connected vehicles, Electricity storage, Hydrogen fuel cells, Road networks as Energy distributors) to produce winners and losers at national and global scales.
Dr. Feighan is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of Engineers Ireland by Presidential Invitation, and a Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Kieran holds a BE (First Hons) degree in Civil Engineering from University College Galway, and was awarded the NUI Bursary in Civil Engineering in 1983.
He used the Bursary to continue his education in the United States, and was awarded a Master's degree in Civil Engineering (1985) and a PhD in Transportation Engineering (1988) from Purdue University, Indiana. Prior to returning to Ireland, he worked with the US Army Corps of Engineers Research Laboratory and with a specialised pavement engineering firm in Champaign, Illinois. Kieran also holds a postgraduate diploma in Construction Law and Contract Administration from Trinity College Dublin.
Kieran is the founder and Managing Director of PMS Pavement Management Services Ltd., an Irish-owned Consulting Engineering company with offices in Dublin and Galway. The company has carried out pavement design, evaluation and management on a wide range of roads, airports and ports projects in Ireland over the past 25 years. PMS has also carried out international pavement-related projects in the UK and Europe, the United States, Kazakhstan, Tanzania, and the Caribbean.
Kieran is recognised through his work, professional activities and publications as a leading international expert in the areas of pavement evaluation, pavement management and asset management of road networks. He has published over thirty papers in academic journals and conference proceedings in the pavements area. He has held various editorial roles with the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering. Kieran has lectured for over 15 years to undergraduate and postgraduate students at University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin and NUI Galway in engineering and business.
He has been a leader and innovator in the introduction of many new pavement evaluation technologies in Ireland and abroad. In addition, he has acted as specialist technical advisor for a number of public bodies in Ireland including the National Roads Authority, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Dublin Airport Authority, Office of Public Works, Commission for Aviation Regulation, Coillte and the Department of Defence.
Kieran is currently a member of Executive in Engineers Ireland. He is a past Chair of the Civil Division and a long-standing committee member of the Roads and Transportation Society. Kieran is past Chair of the Swim Ireland National Child Welfare Committee, and a member of the Swim Ireland Complaints and Disciplinary Committee. Kieran's late father, Oliver, was President of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland in 1984/85. Kieran is married to Prof. Aisling Reynolds-Feighan, a transport economist in UCD. They have three children.