B.A., B.A.I., Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Trinity College, University of Dublin; M.S.E., Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University
Sinéad Mac Namara teaches structural engineering courses for the School of Architecture, mechanics courses for the College of Engineering, and electives for both schools. Her research focuses on: innovation and creativity in structural engineering education; structural art; and the structural performance of shell structures.
Prior to joining the Faculty in 2006, Mac Namara’s Ph.D. thesis at Princeton examined the shell behavior of domed roofs in nuclear containment structures. While there she served as an Assistant in Instruction for Prof. David Billington in a series of noted innovative courses that focused on the role of engineering in society and the urban and regional environment. In 2005, she won the Princeton E-Council Award for Teaching Excellence.
In 2009, she was awarded an NSF grant: Innovations in Engineering Education, Curriculum, and Infrastructure; to research how well architectural pedagogical paradigms can merge with civil engineering education. This project includes: a trans-disciplinary design seminar on shell structures for engineering and architecture students, an experimental version of the required engineering course Statics; and lecture series where high profile practicing civil engineers are invited to campus to speak about innovation and creativity in their work.
Mac Namara co-taught an SU Abroad course entitled Mexico City: Myth, Mechanics and Modernity in the Spring of 2011. In 2011, Mac Namara won Best Presentation at the Architectural Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education at the Annual Conference and Exposition. In March 2011 she received the Meredith Teaching Recognition award at SU. Her recent book, Collaborations in Architecture and Engineering (Clare Olsen, co-author), was published by Routledge in 2014.
Buildings and Projects
- Engineers without Borders Member, Princeton Chapter, Ethiopia Irrigation Project 2005-2006
Grants and Awards
- Meredith Teaching Recognition Award, Syracuse University, 2011
- Princeton E-council Award for Teaching Excellence, 2005
- NSF Award-Innovations in Engineering Education, Curriculum, and Infrastructure (IEECI) EEC-0935168, 2009-13
- Collaborations in Architecture and Engineering. Routledge, 2014. (with Clare Olsen)
- The Value of Short Term Study Abroad for Civil Engineering Students. 2011 ICEE Conference on Engineering Education, University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland, August 21-26, 2011 (with S.P. Clemence)
- The Value of Trans-disciplinary Design Education with Architects for Engineering Students. 2011 ICEE Conference on Engineering Education, University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland, August 21-26, 2011 (with C.J. Olsen)
- Trans-disciplinary Design Teaching for Civil Engineers and Architects – Lessons Learned and Future Plans. American Society for Engineering Education 2011 Annual Conference and Exposition, June 2011, Vancouver Canada
- Pedestrian Bridges - Structural Design by Masters of Architecture Students. American Society for Engineering Education 2011 Annual Conference and Exposition, June 2011, Vancouver Canada
- The Use of Historical Precedent in Teaching Structures to Architecture Students. American Society for Engineering Education 2011 Annual Conference and Exposition, June 2011, Vancouver Canada.
- Are We Asking the Wrong Questions? A study of student familiarity with common textbook examples. Proceedings of the ASEE Global Colloquium on Engineering Education, Singapore, October 18-22, 2010
- Statics 2.0 – Reimagining a core course for increased innovation and creativity. Proceedings of the ASEE Global Colloquium on Engineering Education, Singapore, October 18-22, 2010
- Merging Engineering and Architectural Pedagogy – A Trans-disciplinary Opportunity? 2010 ICEE Conference on Engineering Education, Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland, July 18-22, 2010 (with C.J. Olsen, Scott L. Shablak, Carolina B. Harris)
- Inspiring Innovation. American Society for Engineering Education, 2010 annual conference and exposition, June 2010, Lousville, KY (with C.J. Olsen, L.J. Steinberg, S.P. Clemence)
- Structural Response of Nuclear Containment Shield Buildings with Construction Openings, ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, Vol. 21., No. 2, March/April 2007, pp. 152-56 (with M. Garlock, D.P. Billington)
- Delamination in Two Layer Thin Shell Dome with Unanticipated Construction Openings, IASS-IACM 2008, Cornell University, John F. Abel and J. Robert Cooke (eds.) (with M. Garlock)
- Delamination and the structural response of thin shell concrete in nuclear shield buildings with unanticipated construction openings; Intl. conference on fracture mechanics of concrete and concrete structures, Catania, Italy, June 2007 (with D.P. Billington)
Administration and Service
- L.C.Smith College of Engineering Lecture Series Coordinator, 2010-present
- SU Remembrance Scholarship Selection Committee, 2008-11
- SU Remembrance Convocatoin faculty address, 2009
- Freedom by Design faculty mentor, 2009-present
- Socity for Multicultural Architects and Designers (SMAD) faculty advisor, 2011
- Chi Epsilon (Civil Engineering Honors Society) SU Chapter 2010 awards dinner guest lecture, November 2010
- School of Architecture Curriculum Committee, member 2006-present, Secretary 2006-07, Chair 2007-08
- School of Architecture, Technology Committee, 2006-10
- Consultant, International Atomic Energy Agency, U.N., Vienna, Summer 2004
- Design Engineer, Luas: Dublin Light Rail Project, 1999-2000