Dr. Sivakumar Ramachandran

(known as Ganesh) Lecturer - School of Creative Technologies

Dr. Sivakumar Ramachandran

e mail: s.ramachandran@iadt.ie
phone: 01 239 4967

Qualifications and Professional Bodies

Undergraduate
Master of Engineering. City University London, England. 1990.

Postgraduate
PhD. London South Bank University, London, England, 2010.

Membership of Professional Bodies
Institution of Engineers and Technicians (IET). Member.

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Area of Expertise

Academic leader in assisting with the Engineers Ireland accreditation of the Bachelor of Engineering in Audio-Visual Media Technology, Academic leader for the programme specific aspects of Programmatic Review (2010), Programme Validation (2008), writing and editing programme documents that were submitted to national panels, as well as providing input at school and institute level

Leading development of an extended programme

Leading the development of the specific programme assessment strategy

Leading the feasibility team for possible re-accreditation activities with Engineers Ireland

Day to day co-ordination of programme modules, information flow, student liaison, staff liaison

Co-ordinating the use of resources, rooms and equipment, and advising staff, technician and Head of Department

Co-ordinating all funding requests for capital requests and small items

Chairing programme team and formal board meetings

Organising and overseeing organisation of special events, such as the programme’s part of the School of Creative Technologies Showcase, industry visits and careers talks

Linking prospective employers to graduates and students, and short-listing applicants for interview, with great success

Marketing of the programme by public presentation and the development of prospectus material, fliers and website information

Collecting and managing information on continuous assessment and student attendance

Liaising with access services, reading and writing support to ensure that students have equal opportunity to engage with the programme

Advising on Health and Safety/Risk Assessment initiatives for the programme

Proposal development – From the inception of an IADT Seed Fund project, I developed a proposal for the EU Leonardo Da Vinci fund, which was successful in attracting funding and special project consideration. The project involved assistive technology for those with special needs (disabilities), and specifically an information/guidance website for prospective third level students with such needs. This project successfully launched in 2006, with the possibility of further/spin-off projects.

Case Studies/surveys: with a social aspect - successful conducting of such surveys in hospitals, Sheltered accommodation and other healthcare premises.

Managing students in research projects: I have successfully managed students on 5 contracts at IADT.

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Teaching and Research

University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, England. 1996-1998. BEng, years 1 and 2.

Institute of Art, Design and Technology – Dun Laoghaire. 2001-present. BEng years 1,2 and 3.

research/consultancy
Subject Area: Assistive Technology.
Grant/Aid: Seed Fund.
Commencement: Sept 02.
Duration: 2 years.
Student: two.

Subject Area: Fire Safety Screensavers.
Grant/Aid: IADT/Director.
Commencement: May 04.
Duration: Aug 05.
Student: twice.

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Publications

conference publications

"Students’ Experience in Multi-Disciplinary Project Environments", NAIRTL/LIN Conference 2010, Presentation, Dublin October 2010

"Engineering Education: Non-Traditional Specialisms and the Smart Economy”, International Symposium for Engineering Education, 2010, Proceedings paper and presentation, Cork, July 2010

"Assessment and its Role in First Year Retention”, Learning and Innovation Network Conference, poster, Athlone, October 2009.

"Assessment of multi-disciplinary teams in an external client lead environment, 7th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference, poster, Galway, June 2009"

"Electronics Engineering Education in an Arts and Media Context", EE2006 Proceedings paper and presentation, Liverpool, UK, July 2006

"Perspectives in Computer Aided Engineering Education", poster, paper and demonstration, IEE Engineering Education, London, UK, January 2002.

"Telecommunications to be Educated, Informed and Entertained, Virtually Anywhere", IT&T in the IoT and Industry Sectors Conference, proceedings paper and poster, Athlone, Ireland, September 2001.

"Reliability Analysis Techniques to Improve Discrimination between Fires and False Alarms", AUBE 99 Proceedings paper and poster, Duisburg, Germany,March 1999.

“Reliability of Fire Detection Systems in Hospitals", International Reliability and Survivability Conference, presentation, DeKalb, USA, May 1998.

"Public Transport Information Systems - Economic and Strategic Benefits" – paper accepted for the 3rd World Conference in Advanced Transport Telematics, Orlando, Florida, USA, October 1996

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