Loreto St. Michael's Navan, Dublin City University, University College Dublin
B.Eng in Telecommunications Engineering, PhD in telecommunication network performance
BROADCOM Eireann Research, Ericsson Systems Expertise Ltd (in Dublin & in Montreal), UCD (lab demos, PhD researcher), Dublin City University( Researcher, Project management, Supervisor for masters & PhD research projects, Funding diversity coordinator)
Science communication, knowledge transfer and engagement of stakeholders (including policy creators, scientists, industry groups and the wider public).
Favourite thing to do in engineering: Solve a challenging problem :)
About Me: I'm a telecommunications engineer who has moved to a job in science communication and knowledge transfer. I enjoy working in teams and seeing my work benefit others and the environment.
I live in Galway with my family. We have no dogs (although the children are campaigning for one!). My favourite pizza has to be mozzarella, bacon and pineapple. I love being outdoors, being by the sea or in the mountains. I try to do my bit for the environment at home as well as through work.
My Work: I help people working in European research projects to write about what their project is doing and the results they are getting. Also help to get their results into products that benefit others.
I work with EU funded scientific projects to help communicate and promote the projects and their results. Also, to ensure that the new knowledge generated in these projects is transferred to create maximum positive impact, whether that is a prototype, a piece of software, education materials, policy recommendations, input to codes-of-conduct or standards, roadmaps, etc..
I am working on the digitalisation of industry – Industry 4.0, at the moment. This is the next revolution of industry and is opening many exciting opportunities in Europe. From factories to farms and everything in between, digitalisation will bring exciting changes in ways we wouldn’t have imagined possible. This will lead to more environmentally friendly and efficient factories and farms. Bringing many societal and environmental benefits through huge advances in healthcare, agri-food, automotive and other sectors.
Mostly, the projects I work on have a strong environmental impact, and Industry4.0 is a good example of this.
My Typical Day: Every day is different. I usually only work mornings, starting ~08:30 and finishing in time to do the school run. I drink plenty of tea throughout the working day! I am working on a European project called Industry4.E Lighthouse. I could be talking with the researchers and engineers, writing content for the project website, or working with our communications team on flyers and posters for our next conference or event, or preparing for a workshop for our projects on how to best transfer knowledge from scientific projects to real world applications, or I could be travelling to a project meeting or conference promoting our projects. The project is promoting careers in Industry4.0 industry4e.eu/careers/
What I'd do with the money: I'd use it to promote the exciting career opportunities of Industry4.0 with a local school, through running a fun creative hands-on lab (probably with sensors and robotics!) with a strong environment theme.
I’d use it to promote the exciting career opportunities of Industry4.0 with a local school, through running a fun creative hands-on lab (probably with sensors and robotics!) with a strong environment theme.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
inquisitive, creative, team-player
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Worked with projects for a better environmental impact.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Family, open days, friends and colleagues along the way
What was your favourite subject at school?
Maths & chemistry - enjoyed the challenge of figuring it out!
What did you want to be after you left school?
I wasn't sure! I explored lots of options - architecture, school teacher, all sorts of engineering
Were you ever in trouble at school?
On occasion! Mainly for chatting or being late in from playing sport at lunch
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Go back to working as an engineer !
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
Lasagne, chips and a tasty salad
What is the most fun thing you've done?
For the pure adrenaline rush skydiving, white water rafting & skiing; for the pure fun, merriment & excitement factor going on the ferry with a gang of children for summer holidays in France.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Health & happiness with friends & family, and for everyone to take responsibility for our environment
Tell us a joke.
What do u call an Alligator in a vest......................An investigator