Conor O'Neill
Rail Vehicles Group Manager


Conor O'Neill joined NewRail as a research engineer focusing on lightweight materials and structures. An aeronautical engineering graduate of the University of Limerick - Ireland, he has focused his career on the manufacture and testing of composite materials. He worked at Airbus for seven years in the composite R&D and military transport aircraft test departments.

Working in conjunction with NewRail’s industrial partners, Conor is the co-ordinator of two European projects - REFRESCO and RAMPART..

Research Interests

    Crashworthiness (rail industry).
    Composite Materials.
    Lightweight Structures.
    Blast resistant structures.

    Rail vehicle design.

    Other Expertise

      Composite Manufacturing.
      Aerospace design and manufacturing.

      Current Work





        International Patent WO2011012884
        - Self-Correcting Crash Energy Absorber.

        International Patent PCT/IB2010/002365

        - Lightweight CompoundCab Structure for Rail Vehicles.


        • SecureMetro
          Project Leader(s): Mr CF O'Neill
          The aim of the SecureMetro project is to increase the safety and security of metro vehicles from terrorist attacks by explosives and firebombs through materials choices and design, thereby increasing resilience and reducing the impact of attacks...

        Lecturer on MSc Rail Freight and Logistics:


        MEC8038 - Rail Vehicles

        MEC8040 - Safety & Security