Norman McMillan

M.SPIE B.Sc., Ph.D, C.Eng., M.I.E.I., F.R.S.A.

Background

Professional

Personal

Teaching Areas

Research and Technical Interests

Leisure Activities

Background

Born in Windsor,Ontario in Canada and educated in England .Obtained a B.Sc(Applied Physics) from Portsmouth University in 1967 and a PhD(Experimental Physics) from Nottingham University in 1970. He subsequently held a Post Doctoral Fellowship with Trinity College, Dublin for two years working on an industrial project with Irish Ropes in Newbridge Co Kildare Senior lecture who has established physics, instrumentation and photonics programmes in the Regional Technical College Carlow.

Professional

For fifteen years has been involved with the Institute of Physics serving as a secretary for the Irish Branch and was the first representative on the Education Committee in London. Has pioneered a large number of developments for the Irish Branch and the Institute including

Founder of the Optical Engineering Society of Ireland in 1996 as first authorised chapter in Western Europe of SPIE-The International Society for Optical Engineering. The first chairperson and founder/editor of Optula the society's newsletter.Has done a lot of innovative work for the society helping establish the annual conference , the establishment of the annual publication of the Institution of Engineers Ireland's "The New Engineering Supplement "(to The Engineers Journal ) to optical engineering and the historic plaques for scientific and engineering figures of eminence done in conjunction with Bord Failte.

 

Personal

Married with three children

Teaching Areas

McMillan has established all four laboratory facilities in Carlow for physics and photonics and been the prime mover in all the physics, instrumentation, photonics and engineering science courses developed until recent times in the Regional Technical College. He was responsible for the design and establishment of the one year add on Essex Honours degree which has operated from in 1987 for the Carlow Photonics Diploma students. This was the first such direct transfer arrangement for RTC students into the final year of a degree programme to be introduced in Ireland. He is a Fellow of the University of Essex. At present he is developing a range of photonics and optical engineering courses. Regularly involved helping local schools with Young Scientists of the Year projects and in 1987 two of his students Henry Byrne and Emma Donnellan were supreme champions with a fibre-optic project.

 

Research And Technical Interests

His research career involves early publications on magnetic resonance, microscopy and vacuum technology. He has since 1980 been pioneering research in Ireland on analytical instrumentation which includes two papers that are counted amongst the earliest published work on the use of imaging and microdispenser technology applied to drop analysis. He has held a number of patents of which the most important is Apparatus and mefhod for measuring a property of a liquid, US Patent 4,910,402. He won the 1992 Best Paper Award in the important European journal Measurement Science and Technology for his paper A Fibre Drop Analyser; a new analytical instrument for the sequential and individual analysis of liquids, Meas. Sci. Technol. 3, 1-19, 1992. He is working presently on completing a commercial prototype of the Tensiograph Multi-Analyser. In conjuction with this work he is with the Max-Plack-Institut fur Kolloid-und Genzflachenforschung, Berlin-Adershof .

1987 pioneered work on automatic quality control system for crystal-sugar analysis (an automatic robotic system for laboratory sugar quality control Sugar y Azugar Aug 99,34-39. An automatic crystal weight analyser for laboratory crystal quality control, Microscopic and Analysis May 1992,23-26) and developed the first educational imaging system and software for sience laborato ries Image Processing - a revolutionary technology for science and technology teaching (School Science Review, Sept 1990,72(258)142-146)

Leisure Activities

A leading authority on the history of Irish science, engineering and technical education . Has published widely books ,papers and articles on John Tyndall, early science in Trinity College Dublin, Samuel Haughton , Irish astronomy , Irish Maxwellians and other topics . A world authority on Tyndall with entry in Dictionaire des Philosophie . In 1997 will edit and publish the first "History of technical education in Ireland from earliest times until 1990" .

A Founder of Carlow Soccer

MCC Cricket Coach

Also is a keen surfer .

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