BE CEng MEngSc FIEI Eur Ing FIStructE
Tom Cosgrove joined the company as a graduate Engineer in 1980. He was rapidly immersed in some of the company’s largest projects and found tremendous satisfaction in interfacing with a wide variety of leading Architects all over Ireland. He became a Director in 1987. In 2004 he was invited to develop and deliver a 72 lecture six module course in Structures for Architects for the new School of Architecture at the University of Limerick. He was appointed Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Limerick in 2009 where a Problem Based Learning approach to Engineering Education is being pioneered in Ireland. Here he is building an outreach programme to schools to communicate the joy of Engineering and is actively developing a research programme linked to Regional needs. He continues in his position as a Director of the company where he participates in business strategy, design concept development and design reviews.
As a matter of both necessity and preference he has been involved in training and mentoring over 36 engineers in a multiplicity of projects since 1984. He received in 1991 a Master of Engineering Science degree in soil-structure interaction involving Finite Element (FEM) and Boundary Element (BEM) technology. This placed him in a strong position to mentor young Engineers using these tools in practice. He is active on committee and lecturing in Engineer’s Ireland, The Institution of Structural Engineers (Ireland Branch), The Irish Concrete Society where he served as regional Chairman for three years and the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland where he delivers the module on Structural Masonry as part of the ACEI/IStructE Structural Engineering Course. He has also acted as supervisor for the Advanced Concrete Technology Diploma.
He particularly enjoys meeting young people and members of the general public who are interested in the built environment and will happily share his enthusiasm for all things engineering with all and sundry. Among the top three highlights of his career is undoubtedly the privilege he recently enjoyed in leading the Structural team for the new Thomond Park Stadium in Limerick.
When not doing or teaching engineering he enjoys reading to his children, singing in choirs, snorkelling and hill walking.