Brigid A Mullany, PhD.
Duke Centennial Hall, Room 231
Phone: 704-687-8343
Fax: 704-687-8345




Both my undergraduate and graduate degrees are from University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland.

  • Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering, July 1995
  • Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Mechanical Engineering, January 2002.

My Ph.D. was on the chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) of silicon oxide coated wafers. This project was funded by Intel, Ireland. The research involved looking at CMP process fundamentals such as temperature distributions, pressure distributions and pad wear. As part of my Ph.D. I was lucky enough to spend a year conducting experiments in both UC Berkeley, CA, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), MD. 


Previous Ventures


After graduating with my engineering degree (1995) I worked for over a year with BOSE, Ireland (the loudspeaker people). There I supported production and was involved in new project introduction. After a year and a bit I went back to College to get my Ph.D. (see above). On completion of my Ph.D. I got an EU funded Marie Curie Fellowship position at Carl Zeiss in Oberckocken, Germany. Carl Zeiss make optical components for everything. I was there from March 2002 to March 2004. During that time I learned about traditional polishing, advanced finishing techniques, production considerations, metrology and most importantly how to speak German (sort of ish).


Present Day


I joined UNC Charlotte in August 2004 and am a tenured Professor within the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The links on the top of this page will tell you what I teach, my research areas, where I get my funding from and the students that work with me to make it all happen.