Dr. Bryan MacDonald received a B.Eng. in Aeronautical Engineering in 1994 and an M.Sc. in Aerospace Structures and Materials in 1995 from the University of Limerick. He worked as a Technical Trainer in Ericsson Systems Expertise from 1995 to 1996. He then worked as a Mechanical Engineer in Dublin Bus from 1996 to 1997. He was appointed as a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at Dublin City University in 1997. He was awarded a Ph.D. in non-linear finite element analysis from Dublin City University in 2000. In 2006 he was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at Dublin City University.