Shaun McFadden


  • Northlands Road, Magee Campus

    BT48 7JL Londonderry

    United Kingdom

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Dr Shaun McFadden is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Computing, Engineering, and Intelligent Systems at the Derry~Londonderry Campus of Ulster University. Shaun was educated at University College Dublin: BE (1997), MEngSc (1999), PhD (2007). He has held previous academic positions at the Technological University of Dublin (2009-2012) and Trinity College Dublin (2012-2015). He is a chartered engineer and member of Engineers Ireland (CEng MIEI). He holds a Fellowhip of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).


Research Interests

Shaun’s major research interests relate to the understanding and application of material science that underpins manufacturing processes. He has a significant track record in modelling solidification and phase change in metallic alloy systems (including casting technology, welding, etc.). Shaun has a keen interest in microgravity experimentation for metal alloys and has published widely using data from sounding rockets and the International Space Station. 

Recently Shaun has actively researched metal additive manufacturing processes and has made impact with industry, particularly in the areas of  defect generation and powder feedstock condition.

In addition, he has significant industry experience in automotive engineering and a research interest in off-road vehicle driveline and suspension system design.

Teaching Interests

Shaun teaches a broad curriculum of manufacturing, materials science, mechanics, and robotics. He is the course director for all five engineering undergraduate programs offered by the School of Computing, Engineering, and Intelligent sytems,

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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