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Dr. Alan Ryan

Biography


Dr. Alan Ryan is a lecturer in Sustainable Automation, Quality Management & Supply Chain in the Department of Design & Manufacturing Technology. He is director of the Materials & Automation Research group.

Alan's research interests include process optimisation, quality management systems and sustainable treatment of products at the end of their useful life.
Alan's industrial background working as a manufacturing engineer for a leading multinational electronics manufacturer and uses this industrial background in his approach to research, lecturing and problem solving.

Specific research projects Alan is involved with at the moment include, forecasting and planning end of life treatment of WEEE, successful implementation of lean manufacturing in large organisations (barriers and how to sustain success) and an FP7 project investigating the development of a data management system capable of capturing and modelling process knowledge in organisations.



Alan is a member of Engineers Ireland, has developed new systems and technologies which have been patented and licenced to spin-out companies. He jointly led UL's admission into the CDIO community, which is a move towards making engineering lecturing more problem based. The aim here being to help students grasp key concepts and to provide an industry ready graduate.

Teaching Interests

I lecture a variety of modules including Automation, Design for Sustainability, Quality Management, Design for Environment and Manufacturing System Design.
I aim to teach through a mixture of active learning i.e. practical lab session and group work within lectures and the traditional lecture based material.

Module Descriptions
Automation: This module covers the automation technologies to ensure mass manufacturing is carried out in an effective and efficient manner, topics covered include:Programmable Logic controllers, LabVIEW, pneumatics, motors, logic gates, signal conditioning and more.

Design for Sustainability: examines how products are manufactured and how simple design changes can improve the End of Life treatment of products and help to promote reduce, reuse and recycling of materials.

Quality Management: investigates the importance of quality managment within manufacturing and shows the students the fundamentals of quality tools applied within industry e.g. 6 sigma, Pareto, QFD and process control charts.

I also lecture on a number of our distance learning programmes and promote the use of technology such as worked video examples, interactive discussion boards and web-based lectures.

Professional Activities

Patent

  • 2011 85888 - Removal of Hazardous Substances from LCD Displays

Association

  • Member, Engineers Ireland

Publications

Book Chapters

2012

Developing an Environmentally Sustainable PCB using Existing Industrial Production Equipment
Ryan. A
(2012) Developing an Environmentally Sustainable PCB using Existing Industrial Production Equipment
In Advances in Engineering Research ; New York : Nova Science Publishers Inc pp. 241-264

2010

Using Electrically Conductive Inks and Adhesives as a Means to Satisfy European PCB Manufacturing Directives
Ryan A. and Lewis H.
(2010) Using Electrically Conductive Inks and Adhesives as a Means to Satisfy European PCB Manufacturing Directives
In Electrically Conductive Adhesives ; Leiden : Brill

2010

Printing an Alternative Manufacturing Method,
Ryan. A and Lewis. H
(2010) Printing an Alternative Manufacturing Method,
In New Trends in Technologies: Devices, Computer, Communication and Industrial Systems; Croatia : SCIYO pp. 375-402

2008

Using Electrically Conductive Inks and Adhesives as a means to Satisfy European PCB Manufacturing Directives
Lewis, HJ; Ryan, A
(2008) Using Electrically Conductive Inks and Adhesives as a means to Satisfy European PCB Manufacturing Directives
In Electrically Conductive Adhesives; Leiden Netherlands : Koninklijke BRILL NV pp. 3-24 Leiden Netherlands

Peer Reviewed Journals

2012

Effect of surface roughness on Paper Substrate Circuit Boards
Ryan. A and Lewis. H
(2012) Effect of surface roughness on Paper Substrate Circuit Boards
In Ieee Transactions On Components Packaging And Manufacturing Technology; New york : pp. 1202-1208

2011

Characterising components of liquid crystal displays to facilitate disassembly
Ryan, A; O' Donoghue, L; Lewis, H
(2011) Characterising components of liquid crystal displays to facilitate disassembly
In Journal Of Cleaner Production; pp. 1066-1071
DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2011.01.009

2008

Using electrically conductive inks and adhesives as a means to satisfy European PCB manufacturing directives
Lewis, HJ; Ryan, A
(2008) Using electrically conductive inks and adhesives as a means to satisfy European PCB manufacturing directives
In Journal Of Adhesion Science And Technology; pp. 893-913
DOI: 10.1163/15685610SX305534

2007

Manufacturing an environmentally friendly PCB using existing industrial processes and equipment
Ryan, A; Lewis, H
(2007) Manufacturing an environmentally friendly PCB using existing industrial processes and equipment
In Robotics And Computer-Integrated Manufacturing; pp. 720-726
DOI: 10.1016/j.rcim.2007.02.009

Conference Publications

2012

29th International Manufacturing Conference
Cassidy, D. Walsh, P. and Ryan, A.
(2012) 29th International Manufacturing Conference
Belfast

2010

Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing
Ryan A, Lewis, H & O'Donoghue L.
(2010) Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing

2009

International Manufacturing Conference IMC 26
O'Donoghue L, Ryan A, Lewis H
(2009) International Manufacturing Conference IMC 26
G.E. O'Donnell & Mr. K. Kelly(Ed.) pp. 371-378 Dublin

2007

International Manufacturing Conference IMC 24
Ryan A. and Quinlan M
(2007) International Manufacturing Conference IMC 24
pp. 1087-1093 Waterford

2006

Advances in Material and Processing Technologies
Ryan A. and Lewis, H
(2006) Advances in Material and Processing Technologies

2005

13th International Scientific Conference 'Achievements in Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Ryan, A and Lewis, H
(2005) 13th International Scientific Conference 'Achievements in Mechanical and Materials Engineering
pp. 565-568 Gliwice

2005

13th International Scientific Conference 'Achievements in Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Burke, S, Ryan, A, Gaughran, W
(2005) 13th International Scientific Conference 'Achievements in Mechanical and Materials Engineering
pp. 55-58 Gliwice