The engineering division within Design+ is known as the Centre of Research and Enterprise in Engineering (engCORE).

engCORE is a multidisciplinary research cluster, providing a focal point for the diverse research interests of the faculty of engineering at Institute of Technology Carlow. It acts to foster and develop research related to its three thematic areas of Smart Materials & Mechanics, Circuits & Systems and the Intelligent Built Environment.

Research Expertise

The combined expertise of engCORE researchers include (but are not limited to): mechanical design;  finite element analysis;  photonic sensing;  digital signal processing;  ASIC design;  embedded systems & Internet of Things (IoT);  electric machines; instrumentation; soil mechanics;  sustainable energy for the built environment civil engineering and architectural design; and water treatment. The engCORE team collaborates with regional, national and trans-national industrial partners, ranging in size from indigenous start-ups to large scale multi-national corporations, to undertake research and develop near-term product solutions/prototypes.


Our engineering centre provides our Design+ team with an environment to develop multidisciplinary engineering solutions to industry relevant problems. It offers the following capabilities within its three thematic areas of research:

Smart Materials & Mechanics

  • CAD modelling
  • Static and Dynamic Simulation
  • Vibration Analysis
  • Mechanical Design Optimisation
  • Product Development
  • Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing)
  • Wind Tunnel Testing & Validation
  • Tensile Testing
  • Stress Strain Analysis
  • Product Prototyping
  • Automation and PLC Programming
  • Machine Design
  • Sustainable Systems for Power Generation
  • Electric Machine Analysis (Motors, Generators & Transformers)
  • Condition Monitoring for Rotating Machines
  • Electrical Insulation Degradation Analysis

Circuits & Systems

  • SMT Electronics
  • Internet of Things (Sensors and Systems)
  • Embedded Systems
  • Applied Signal Processing Methods
  • Signal Classification and Segmentation
  • Acoustic Array Techniques
  • Sound Source Localisation
  • IC Design
  • PCB Design
  • PCB Fabrication
  • FPGA Design
  • RF Characterisation
  • Devices/Systems

The Intelligent Built Environment

  • Testing and Characterisation of Granular Fill
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Energy Performance Monitoring Systems
  • Radon Measurement and Evaluation
  • Urban Environment 3D modelling
  • Biomass Systems Analysis
  • Wetlands Condition Monitoring
  • Spanning Structure Optimisation

Equipment and Facilities

Equipment & Software

  • Beamworks Laser Soldering System
  • Impedance Analyser
  • Chauvin Arnoux Insulation Tester
  • Microcontroller-based development boards
  • Cadence, Mentor Graphics, Tanner
  • Cadence Allegro, OrCAD, Mentor PADS, Proteus
  • LPFK Milling Machine
  • Xilinx Vivado
  • R&S Spectrum Analyser, Signal Generators
  • ARM, Intel x86, Artix/Kintex/Virtex, Raspberry Pi, Beagleboard
  • CATIA, AutoCAD, SolidWorks & ANSYS
  • Fibre Optic Interrogator
  • Actively Damped Optical Table
  • Hydraulic Power Pack Unit
  • Data Acquisition Systems
  • PLA & ABS Additive Manufacturing Machines
  • Universal Tensile Tester


engCORE boasts 100m2 of dedicated research laboratory space for its research activities across all engineering disciplines. Located within the Enterprise and Research Incubation Campus (ERIC), it is in close proximity to new and developing start up engineering and technology companies. Embedding the engCORE research team within ERIC helps forge natural synergies with emerging spin out companies off the back of developed technologies.
Its facilities include:

  • engCORE research lab based on the IT Carlow campus
  • engCORE Advanced Manufacturing Lab
  • Centre of Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering Workshop
  • Avionics Workshop
  • Electrical and Electronic Workshop
  • The Dargan Research Centre