Dr Rónán Dunbar

Dr Rónán Dunbar

Athlone Institute of Technology


Teaching Interests

  • Computer Aided Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering Project Supervision
  • Process Technology
  • Technology Teacher Education

Research Interests

  • Innovative Teaching and Learning
  • Instructional Design
  • Learner Characteristics
  • Problem Solving, Design Skills, and Conceptual Thinking
  • Industry Based Learning
  • Problem/Project Based Learning


PhD University of Limerick, 2005 – 2010

B. Tech. (Ed.) University of Limerick, 2001 – 2005


2015 – Certified SolidWorks Professional – Core

Peer Reviewed Conference Papers

Reid, C., Dunbar, R., & Buckley, J. (2018). A preliminary model of problem categorisation to explore the cognitive abilities required for problem solving in engineering education. In N. Seery, J. Buckley, D. Canty, & J. Phelan (Eds.), PATT2018: Research and Practice in Technology Education: Perspectives on Human Capacity and Development. Westmeath, Ireland: Athlone Institute of Technology.

Seery, N., Canty, D., & Dunbar, R. (2010). Maximising the impact of creative and innovative activities within the constraints of defined education structures, Proceedings of the 117th Annual Conference for the American Society of Engineering Education, Louisville: ASEE.

Dunbar, R., Seery, N., & Gordon, S. (2007). A holistic evaluation of the effects of an informed pedagogy on initial teacher education, Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Education, Portugal: iNEER.

Dunbar, R., Seery, N, & Gordon, S. (2006). Implementing CDIO principles in an undergraduate teacher education program, Proceedings of the 2nd Annual International CDIO Conference, Collaborators’ Meeting, and CDIO Workshop, Linkoping: CDIO.