Dr Patrick Prendergast (Chairperson)

Provost, Trinity College Dublin

Patrick Prendergast took office as the 44th Provost of Trinity College Dublin on 1 August 2011. Dr Prendergast first came to Trinity in 1983 graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and later with a Ph.D. in bioengineering. After post-doctoral positions in Bologna, Italy and Nijmegen, The Netherlands, Dr Prendergast returned as a Lecturer to Trinity in 1995, and was elected a Fellow of the College in 1998. Together with colleagues in Engineering, Dentistry, Medicine, and Physiology he established the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering in 2002, was elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2008, and awarded an ScD in 2009. He served as Dean of Graduate Studies 2004–2007 and was the first appointment to the expanded position of Vice-Provost as Chief Academic Officer in 2008. Dr Prendergast’s research is in the area of medical device technologies, where he has developed well-known theories on mechanoregulation of tissue phenotype. He has significant industrial collaboration in implant design and development, including in his role as a board member of Clearstream Technologies Group plc.  Dr Prendergast was elected as Provost of Trinity by academic staff and students on a manifesto of asserting Trinity’s global presence as Ireland’s premier university. His term of office is for ten years from 2011 to 2021.