Kieran Ruane
Position Title:

Lecturer and Researcher


Munster Technological University

Research Group:



BE(Hons) MSc(Eng) CEng MIStructE MIEI MICE

Employment History

(2017 – Present)
Munster Technological University (formerly Cork Institute of Technology) 2000-2017 Part-time.  2017 – Present Full-time. Lecturer, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering.

(2000 – 2017)
RPS Consulting Engineers.  Director (2010-2017), Technical Director (2007-2010), Associate (2004-2007), Senior Engineer (2000-2004).  Responsible for civil engineering design services across a range of disciplines.

(1995 – 2000)
Grampian Regional Council, Aberdeen, Scotland.  Civil Engineer, member of the Roads and Bridges Department with responsibility for bridge design, inspection and assessment.

(1994 – 1995)
Research Assistant, University of Aberdeen, Department of Engineering.  Research Masters project: Ultimate Load Analysis and Testing of Composite Bridge Decks.


Kieran is a Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer with over 26 years’ experience in the design, procurement and contract management of civil and structural engineering works of all scales.   He is currently a lecturer at Munster Technological University.   He is a former Director with RPS Consulting Engineers where he was responsible for civil design services across a range of disciplines.  Kieran led the civil design delivery of some significant infrastructure projects for public sector clients over many years including Mizen Head Bridge, M8 Raith Junction Upgrade, Scotland, Ballincollig Bypass, Haulbowline Island Remediation and M50 South Eastern Motorway.  

Kieran was Chairperson of the Institution of Structural Engineers (Republic of Ireland Region) in 2018 and 2019 and is President of Civil Engineering Research Association of Ireland for 2021 and 2022.  Kieran’s research interests include bridge engineering and management, infrastructure asset management and computational modelling.  His current research projects include Re-Wind which seeks to find uses for end of life wind-turbine blades; MODCONS which is examining modular construction using Irish cross-laminated timber and a number of Enterprise Ireland feasibility studies for Irish SME’s

Research Areas

Bridge Engineering, Computational Modelling, Infrastructure Asset Management.

An overview on deficit and requirements of the Irish national soil phosphorus balance
Published : May 2022
Phos4You Partnership, Final Report of the Phos4You partnership
Published : May 2022
What are the desired properties of recycling-derived fertilisers from an end-user perspective?
Published : July 2022