Sinead Mac Namara

Sinead Mac Namara

B.A., B.A.I., Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Trinity College, University of Dublin; M.S.E., Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University

Sinéad Mac Namara teaches structural engineering courses for the School of Architecture, mechanics courses for the College of Engineering, and electives for both schools. Her research focuses on: innovation and creativity in structural engineering education; structural art; and the structural performance of shell structures.

Prior to joining the Faculty in 2006, Mac Namara’s Ph.D. thesis at Princeton examined the shell behavior of domed roofs in nuclear containment structures. While there she served as an Assistant in Instruction for Prof. David Billington in a series of noted innovative courses that focused on the role of engineering in society and the urban and regional environment. In 2005, she won the Princeton E-Council Award for Teaching Excellence.

In 2009, she was awarded an NSF grant: Innovations in Engineering Education, Curriculum, and Infrastructure; to research how well architectural pedagogical paradigms can merge with civil engineering education. This project includes: a trans-disciplinary design seminar on shell structures for engineering and architecture students, an experimental version of the required engineering course Statics; and lecture series where high profile practicing civil engineers are invited to campus to speak about innovation and creativity in their work.

Mac Namara co-taught an SU Abroad course entitled Mexico City: Myth, Mechanics and Modernity in the Spring of 2011. In 2011, Mac Namara won Best Presentation at the Architectural Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education at the Annual Conference and Exposition. In March 2011 she received the Meredith Teaching Recognition award at SU. Her recent book, Collaborations in Architecture and Engineering (Clare Olsen, co-author), was published by Routledge in 2014.