BSc Production Management (2003), PhD (2006)
1999: I chose to study Production Management for a variety of reasons, the mix of subjects, hands-on workshop projects, elements of practical engineering coupled with business modules in the areas of accounting and human resources.
2001: For my Cooperative Education placement I worked at Element 6 in Shannon, Co. Clare. I worked on a variety of practical projects with a wide range of people. One particular project involved trying to eliminate plastic contamination entering the product.
2003: I designed an environmental management system that monitored the amount of water consumed by a plant and the amount of waste water sent for treatment for my Final Year Project. This work involved a mixture of automation, programming, design and report writing.
2006: I completed my PhD in the area of Environmentally Friendly Printed Circuit Boards (PCB). This concept offered an alternative to the current method of PCB manufacture by printing electrically conductive tracks onto paper, thereby making a degradable circuit.
2006: I took up the position of project/manufacturing engineer in Kostal Ireland in Abbeyfeale and Mallow. This work exposed me to all areas of the manufacturing environment from early product design review to evaluation of raw materials, from process control and continuous improvement to customer relations.
2009: At the end of this year I took up the position of post doctoral researcher at the Department of Design and Manufacturing Technology at the University of Limerick. Where I worked on an Environmental Protection Agency project, to develop an innovative process for the recycling of waste LCD TV panels. This project was successful and has been patented.
2010-Present: I am currently employed as a lecturer in the D&MT, lecturing in automation, suitable manufacturing and manufacturing processes. I am the course director of the new Technology Management course. I am the Course Director for LM063 BSc Technology Management and LM116 B.Eng. Engineering Choice.
BEng Mechanical Engineering (2005), PhD (2009)
2003: For the Cooperative Education aspect of my degree I worked at Boston Scientific's Research and Development department in Galway. I was the only student in the history of the company to file for a medical device patent while on Cooperative Education.
2005: On completion of my degree I was awarded an IRCSET scholarship to undertake a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Limerick. This research focused on drug transport from drug eluting stents used in the treatment of coronary artery disease.
2009: While completing my PhD I was involved in the creation of a new medical device for use in carotid artery disease for which the university has begun the process of obtaining a patent application.
2011: To date I have received funding in excess of €600,000 to bring this product to the commercialisation stage. In the coming months, it is hoped that this project will advance to a stage where a company can be formed around the technology.
BSc Construction Management and Engineering (2009), MEng (ongoing)
2008: During my third year at UL, I succeeded in getting an eight month contract with John Sisk and Sons for my Cooperative Education placement. I gained great real world experience as a site engineer and junior construction manager on a wide variety of sites including Castletroy retirement village, City East Plaza and Analog Devices B.V. Working with Sisk, gave me the opportunity to put my academic knowledge into practice. It was great to work with such a wide range of professionals, understanding the industry from both the design and construction stages.
2011: While working at City East Plaza, I saw how the design and implementation of building services and methods of sustainable construction impacted the energy performance of a building. As a result, I was motivated to pursue a Master of Engineering degree in the area of building energy performance measurement using wireless technology. I have been able to use my management training to keep my project on schedule and I am thoroughly enjoying myself as it is a novel and interesting topic. While completing my research on campus, I am also teaching tutorials on subjects such as land surveying, design studio and labs in material science. I also enjoy volunteering at the Northside Learning Hub where I introduce kids to science and engineering concepts.
BSc Industrial Chemistry (2001), PhD (2007)
2004: My PhD was based on the development of based on the development of microelectrode ensembles that have potential applications as the basis for low cost chemical sensors.
2007: I held the positions of Senior Electrochemist with Trustwater of Clonmel and Production Supervisor with Organic Lens Manufacturing of Ennis. I also spent three months working with Cenergy, a company located in China that develops project under the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change.
2010: I am the Chief Technical Officer of HKPB Scientific Ltd., a research and development company at Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. The company focuses on the manufacture and sale of biomaterial called hydroxyapatite.
BTech Information Technology and Telecommunications (2002), PhD (2006)
2000: For my Cooperative Education placement I spent nine months at Intel Ltd. in Leixlip, Co. Kildare. I worked within the Fab24 FTS department who were in charge of all the operating boxes (UNIX and Windows) for the running of the new fabrication.
2002: For my Final Year Project I designed and developed an interactive e-learning website to facilitate the acquisition and development of study skills, with the title “Skills SuperStore”: An Interactive Study Skills Web Site”.
2002: On completion of my undergraduate degree I continued on with third level education completing my PhD in 2006 titled “Skills SuperStore: An Innovative Skills Training Learning Content Management System”.
2006: I undertook a postdoctoral researcher position examining the feasibility and use of mobile applications to enhance the tourism sector. During my time as a postdoctoral researcher I worked on two project: (i) A Digital Diary which can be downloaded to visiting tourists’ personal mobile phones to track expenses incurred for the duration of their stay and (ii) An Electronic Guide for Irish tourist attractions.
2008: In July, I joined Martin Dawes Systems (MDS) as a Production Engineer. MDS specialise in billing, subscriber management and business assurance solutions for the convergent communications sector.
B.Eng. Design & Manufacture (2004) PhD (2009)
2000-2004: I graduated from the University of Limerick in 2005 with an honours degree in Manufacturing Engineering (now called 'Design & Manufacture LM119).
2004-2009: I won an IRCSET Research Scholarship and spent the last three and a half years working in the Enterprise Research Centre on my PhD entitled “Dominant Operational Performance Measures for SME Owner-Managers.” During this time I acted as a teaching assistant and lab assistant for the University. HeI also worked as a consultant for a number of SMEs throughout the island of Ireland improving productivity and implementing ISO9001 in his status as a qualified ISO Lead Auditor.
2009-Present: I returned to industry and to a position in our family company Ceramicx Ireland, taking on the role of Project Manager and continuing to complete my PhD part time. In the time since I have worked with Ceramicx I have worked with the managing director Frank Wilson to introduce structure throughout the organisation and post growth in the last 2 financial years of 19.5% and 30.5% . I have won, introduced and managed two research projects under the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership fund with Dr. Mark Southern of the Enterprise Research Centre of the University of Limerick. The value of these projects are €200,000 and the second worth €500,000. respectivel. Both of these partnerships have focused on advancing production processes within Ceramicx Ireland.
I am currently acting publisher/editor of “Heatworks” a Ceramicx Ireland publication concerned with Company and Infrared and am also responsible for website development, international exhibitions, all research activities and the advancement of the management structures. I'm in the process of investigating the launch of two additional industrial magazines and authoring a book focusing on the management and structure of SMEs and continues to advance the systems and structures within Ceramicx to achieve growth as well as investigating other investment possibilities and opportunities.
At the moment I am in the process of submitting drafts of my PhD. I am also representative director of Ceramicx on the board of both of the state research Companies ICMR and I2E2 working with multinationals and SMEs alike to advance the state of the practice of industry in Ireland in regard to manufacturing process and industrial energy usage.
BEng Biomedical Engineering (2007), PhD ongoing
2003: (Ongoing) I work for the Mathematics Learning Support Unit at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, delivering modules in foundations of Analysis for 1st year students and C++ programming for 2nd and final years. I have taught MSU classes for the Mathematics Department since 2003. I deal mainly with first and second year students and have had class sizes from 10 to as large as 100 some nights. These classes are really popular with the students and they attended regularly.
2005: For my Cooperative Education placement I worked within the Cardio department of Guidant Ltd. in Co. Tipperary. I oversaw two key project: Wetblast area design layout and testing the failure of lead-wires of both pacemakers and defibrillators.
2007: I designed and evaluated a balloon device that could be used in the treatment of postpartum haemorrhaging.
2008: On completion of my degree I decided to take a year abroad where I worked teaching Science and Mathematics to secondary school students in a school in Tanzania, East Africa.
2009: I returned to the University of Limerick as a research postgraduate student and began working on a project titled "Developing 3D Strain Rosettes to Analyse the stress at internal points within the Cement Mantle of a Femoral Model of a Total Hip Replacement".
BEng Computer Engineering (2002), MEng Computer Engineering (2004)
2000: For my Cooperative Education placement I spent nine months at Tellabs in Shannon Co. Clare where I worked with (i) the Quality Assurance group learning about various EMC testing techniques and (ii) the Global Validation Team where I was testing the security feature of Tellabs' main product.
2002: On completion of my degree I registered to complete a Master by Research and Thesis at the University of Limerick.
2005: Following a year out travelling I returned and took up the role of Graduate Software Engineer at Avocent International where I spent 3 years working on Avocent's KVM switching products, specialising in video compression and resolution detection software.
2008: Began working as a Software Engineer with ACI where I was employed for 18 months.
2010: Currently I am employed at Intel as a Graphics Applications Engineer.
BSc Environmental Science (2005), PhD (2010)
2003: I spent my Cooperative Education placement at Janssen Pharmaceutical Ltd. Little Island, Co. Cork where I received hands-on experience in an environmental waste treatment laboratory. I worked with a small team of technicians and became familiar with and was trained on the equipment required for environmental analysis and treatment. I also gained experience with the workings of a wastewater treatment plant.
2005: For my final year project, I looked at the regeneration of palladium and platinum catalysts for use in the hydrogenation of vegetable oil.
2005: I commenced my PhD which involved environmental aspects but was very biochemistry based. This work looked at the large scale production of plasmid vectors as delivery vehicles in gene therapy and the effects of their production on the environment. The waste streams generated from the production of plasmid DNA (pDNA) upon the environment were assessed and subsequently reduced by altering the phosphorus and nitrogen content of the culture media. The findings from this research were subsequently modelled using a flexible and user-friendly computer model which I developed to evaluate the possible environmental impacts. Thermal and enzymatic treatments of pDNA containing waste product streams were also evaluated in terms of their suitability for pDNA degradation.
2010: After the completion of my PhD I was employed at Vistakon Pharmaceuticals as a QC technician for several months.
2011: Currently, I am a member of the Glycobiotechnology Group in the Biochemistry Department of NUI Galway. I am working on a project that involves the development and optimization of novel enzymes to convert a commercial agri-food waste to high-value products, including sugar-rich energy feedstocks and biochemicals.
BSc Pharmaceutical and Industrial Chemistry (2006), PhD
2002: I chose the BSc in Pharmaceutical and Industry Chemistry since I knew my strengths were in the field of science especially chemistry.
2004: For my Cooperative Education placement I worked at Roche Ireland in Clarecastle, Co. Clare. During my Cooperative Education placement I learned about all the different areas I was able to access with my degree - research and development, quality control and production chemistry.
2006: My Final Year Project helped me to increase my knowledge of how to conduct scientific experiments and interpret the data. This work also helped me with problem solving and overcoming difficulties such as experiments not working as planned.
2006: After finishing my degree I decided to do further studies. This work was done in conjunction with Aughinish Alumina Ltd in Askeaton, Co. Limerick.
2010: I am currently working with Element Six in Shannon, Co. Clare as a Material Analyst. On a typical day I would do some work for production (quality control and validation), work on own research projects as well as group projects.
BSc Computer Systems (1998), MSc Computer Science Honours (1999)
1998: On graduating with a first class honours from the BSc in Computer Systems, I undertook a MSc in Computer Science.
1999: I graduated with a MSc in Computer Science (Honours) which I completed by research and thesis.
1999: During my internship and summer holidays I worked in a variety of positions, Quality Assurance Engineer, Localisation Engineer and Software Engineer with Visio International, Dublin.
2011: My current position is Principle Software Engineer with QAD. QAD was founded in 1979 and employs over 1000 people worldwide. The company is a leading provider of enterprise resource planning and extended supply chain management software for multinational and other manufacturing companies. My position involves both technical and non-technical roles. My primary role is a technical one and requires knowledge in software development methodologies, design and implementation, incorporating research, analytical and design and planning skills and a thorough understanding of the development process, including specification, documentation and quality assurance and the ability to evaluate how business issues may impact overall project plans.
BSc Financial Mathematics (2008), PhD (2011)
2004: As maths was my best subject in school, I decided to undertake the BSc in Financial Mathematics degree in UL, as it had good career prospects, Actuarial services, Data Analysis including Market Research, Demographics and Medical Research, Financial Services including accounting lending analysis and investment analysis.
2007: I spent my Cooperative Education placement working at Ulster Bank (UB) Capital markets in Georges Quay, Dublin. I worked as a trainee risk analysis for nine months. Daily aspects of the job included checking that trading limits were not exceeded by the trading desk, updating credit limits (amount of money UB were will to lend to their customers) and pricing options on the market using Bloomberg and Reuters.
2008: On graduating I became a postgraduate researcher at MACSI. MACSI aims to bring together Industry and Mathematics. I have worked on projects with many companies since I started in MACSI. Bank of Ireland, Bord Gais, and Occam Asset management Company. My industrial research has been mainly involved in pricing products for Bank of Ireland and developing new low risk products that will perform well in today’s markets.
BSc Industrial Biochemistry (2008), PhD (due 2012)
2008: I spent my Cooperative Education placement with Stryker Biotech based in Raheen Industrial Estate in Limerick. Stryker Biotech is best known for its wide range of bone regeneration products such as the OP-1 implant. I've worked at Stryker for over two years in total during which time I have gained experience in a wide range of areas including product production, biological and chemical analysis and product development.
2009: It was my time in product development in the R&D laboratory of Stryker Biotech that I decided to return to UL to continue my studies to PhD level in the CES department.
BSc Applied Physics (1999), PhD (2004)
1997: I spent my Cooperative Education placement in Intel Ireland, based in Kildare. I worked in the Quality and Reliability group. I was lucky enough to work in two branches of the group, half of the time with the calibration group, which was in charge of the thousands of individual pieces of equipment used in the plant. This was a real test of the hands-on experience. When I was not working in calibration, I was shared with the reliability group where I used mathematical skills to monitor the factory output and ensure production was up to standard.
1999: I graduated with my degree in Applied Physics. I really enjoyed the course and found it both broad and diverse. It gave me an excellent grounding in physics, chemistry, material science, mathematics, electronics and computer programming, all of which I use in my career now. Other skills we take for granted are report writing, presentations, and developing
1999: After completing the Applied Physics degree, I undertook a PhD exploring the area of III-V semiconductors and their chemistry. I completed my PhD in 2004. During that time, I gave public presentations at international conferences, helped external companies with physics related problems, was asked to teach physics and chemistry to secondary students for a year. I was involved in the Young Scientist demonstrations for several years.
2010: I work as a R&D engineer for Feasa Enterprises Ltd. in Limerick. My main role involved measuring physics of their colour/intensity LED measurement system. I also consult with customers in testing within the ever-growing LED new applications market covering areas as diverse as car headlamps, airplane strobe lights to agri-grow lights. I am also active in the fibre optic device area, where they are used as components in optical gyroscopes for the aviation industry.
B.Eng. Mechanical Engineering (1998) PhD (2004)
1995-1998: I graduated from the University of Limerick with a B.Eng. Mechanical Engineering.
1998: My Final Year Project project involved the analysis of aerospace aluminium used in manufacture of parts for Westland helicopters.
1998-2000: Following graduation I worked as a contract engineer for TESCO Ireland and Guinness Ireland at St. James gate Dublin. The projects were in response to the Year 2000 problem (Y2K problem) or the Millennium bug. This was a problem for both digital (computer-related) and non-digital documentation and data storage devices, which all companies have.
2000-2004: After contracting for over year and a half, I returned to University of Limerick to undertake a PhD. by Research and thesis. The focus of the research was on carbon fibre composite bolted joints and how bolt-hole clearance affected composite bolted joints strength and behaviour. The work was part of large E.U. consortium project called (BOJCAS) involving 11 leading aerospace industries from 8 European countries and lead by the engineering depth at U.L.
2004-2005: Upon completion of my PhD in 2004 I undertook a one year Post-Doctoral Position within NCBES institute at National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway). The position was to develop a new conceptual medical device for the bio-medical engineering sector.
2005- Present: Vincent took the leap into industrial based research and since then works for a company called MemJet. Memjet is a global printing technology and components company. The technology was developed by Silverbrook Research, Australia. Memjet’s technology is protected by more than 5,000 global patents, with another 700 patents pending. Vincent is principal research engineering lead and his current position requires him to advise and direct, a technical team comprising of engineers and scientists on the design & optimisation of commercial and innovative technologies for the Mem’s devicesimed at treating cardio-vascular disease in humans. The device consisted of a catheter and balloon housing mico-needle type device, which delivered locally, therapeutic drug in a patent (patents pended).