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Personal Statement

I am a lecturer in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, my teaching is focussed on principles of measurement, signal acquisition and data processing as applied to engineering and biomedical applications.


My research base is in the Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering, the emphasis is the implementation of novel transduction systems, both piezoelectric and capacitive modalities, to service applications including measurement of material properties; ultrasound imaging; sonochemistry and non-destructive testing.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Polymer Science

  • Acoustic Transduction

  • Wave Propagation

  • Finite Element Modelling

Teaching Interests

My teaching is focussed on principles of measurement and fundamental concepts of analogue and digital circuits and systems used for measurement and control. I contribute to a variety of modules in this area. In addition, I co-ordinate 4th year Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Individual Projects.

Research Interests

My research is primarily focussed on ultrasonic transduction – primarily the application of novel polymer materials and synthesis methods to the creation of new types of transducers. The main goals are improving sensitivity, so that we can probe deeper into the material or interest, and enhancing resolution, allowing us to see the echoes from small targets especially when they are close together.

Education/Academic qualification


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Projects 2007 2021

Research Output 1997 2018

1 Citation (Scopus)
Open Access

Broadband piezocrystal transducer array for non-destructive evaluation imaging applications

Qiu, Z., Fang, H., O'Leary, R., Gachagan, A. & Moldovan, A., 20 Dec 2018, Proceeding 2018 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium. New York: IEEE, 4 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution book

Open Access
Imaging techniques
Materials properties


2D ultrasonic phased arrays for quantitative characterisation of complex defects

Author: Dziewierz, J., 1 Jul 2010

Supervisor: Gachagan, A. (Supervisor) & O'Leary, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

A combined perfectly matching layer and infinite element formulation for unbounded wave problems

Author: Pettigrew, J., 1 Apr 2016

Supervisor: Mulholland, A. (Supervisor) & O'Leary, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Activities 2005 2018

3D-Printed cellular electret sensor for acoustic applications

Oluwaseun Anthony Omoniyi (Contributor), Richard O'Leary (Contributor), Ben Tiller (Contributor), James Windmill (Speaker)
19 Jan 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

PhD external examiner

Richard O'Leary (Examiner)

Activity: Examination typesExamination