Professor Gerard Kiely


Professor Gerard Kiely

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Civil and Environmental Engineering Department


Professor and Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering


B.E. (Civil Engineering) University College Cork (1972) M.Eng.Sc. (Structural Engineering ) University of New South Wales (1976). M.S. ( Fluid Mechanics) Colorado State University (1980) Phd UCC (1989) DSc National University of Ireland (2013)




After graduating from UCC, I spent the first 6 months in London designing motorway gantries, with Owen Williams and Partners. I then moved to Sydney, Australia where I worked as a site engineer for one year for J.A. Bradshaw contractors, on civil works and Stage 1of high rise buildings (i.e. foundations and bulk excavation). I then spent the next four years with John Connell and Associates, designing low, medium and high rise buildings in Sydney and Darwin. While in Sydney, I studied structural engineering part-time and graduated with a Masters from the University of New South Wales in 1976. In Northern Australia I was working on wind proving building design in this cyclone prone region. I then moved to the US for 2 years, to work on wind tunnel research for wind loading on buildings at Colorado State University at Fort Collins Colorado and graduated with a Masters in Fluid Mechanics there in 1979. I spent the period from 1980 to 1989 with Cork County Council, working on the design and construction of roads, bridges, and water and wastewater treatment plants throughout the County. In 1989, I graduated with a PhD with a thesis on – the Hydraulics of Overbank Flow in Meandering River Channels. I began as a contract lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering in 1989 and became a senior lecturer in 1993 and an Associate Professor in 2000, becoming the Professor and Chair of Civil Engineering in 2013. During the period 1990 to 2014, I have been engaged in research in hydrology, environmental engineering, GHG fluxes from terrestrial ecosystems and flood aspects OF climate change. 

Research Interests

Surface hydrology and land-atmosphere interaction; Water resources and Climate change - extreme events; Flood event analysis, flood forecasting and flood warning; Soil hydrology, soil carbon, and soil engineering properties. Environmental engineering. Measurement and modelling of greenhouse gas fluxes (CO2, CH4, N2O) from grasslands, peatlands and forestry. Coupling of water, energy and carbon cycles. 

Teaching Activity

I am responsible for three modules at undergraduate level: In 3rd year, Environmental Engineering Wet - hydrology (CE3009); In fourth year, Water and Waste Water Engineering (CE4010), and also in 4th year Environmental Engineering Design - Wastewater Treatment Plant Design (CE4014). I have also taught Structural Analysis: Structural Design (1989-1991).

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