Paul is a graduate of the Mechanical Engineering BEng degree program in the National University of Ireland, Galway. During the final year of his degree program, he became involved with the Geec (Galway Energy Efficient Car) team who successfully designed and manufactured Ireland's first ultra energy efficient vehicle. This vehicle termed ’the Geec’ achieved an efficiency ranking of 6700 mpg at the 2015 Shell Eco Marathon event. As part of his undergraduate degree program, Paul worked in the Lean department in Medtronic. Paul worked in Medtronic on improving the efficiency and productivity of production cells. After completion of his degree, Paul volunteered for several months with the Olive Branch for Children in Tanzania. He retains close ties with this organisation and is an active member of the Kujenga Collaborative, dedicated to research and design of buildings in rural Tanzania. Paul has now undertaking a PhD under the supervision of Dr. Eoghan Clifford and Dr. Magdalena Hajdukiewicz. Paul is working on the aerodynamic optimisation of handcycles for para-sports.


Research interests

  • Handcycles and other bicycle types;
  • vehicle aerodynamics;
  • para-sports;
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and wind tunnel testing.

Contact details

Paul Mannion, B. Eng
Department of Civil Engineering 
National University of Ireland, Galway
University Road, Galway, Ireland