NUIG, National University of Ireland Galway

NUI Galway is world-renowned as an expert research-led University. We emphasise inter-disciplinary research programmes, and collaborations with industry partners in areas of strategic importance, regionally, nationally and internationally. The University aims to be firmly embedded among the top rank of research universities. Annual direct research income has increased from less than €10 million in 2000, to €67m in 2013. In 2012, externally funded research expenditure exceeded €57 million, representing approximately 25% of the University’s total annual budget. The Timber Engineering Research group was established by Dr. Annette Harte in 2004. The research mission is to support the increased use of timber as a sustainable construction material by performing technical and scientific research to create a broader understanding of the basic material and develop added-value engineered wood products.

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Fastforest Staff Profiles

Dr. Annette Harte

Dr. Annette Harte is a Senior Lecturer in Engineering at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her research interests include characterisation of the structural properties of timber, development of engineered wood products, numerical modelling, design and optimisation of timber structures.


Mr. Karlo Simic

Karlo Simic is a PhD student in Engineering and Informatics and is working full-time on the Fastforests project. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Rijeka, Department of Structural Engineering in 2012.