I’ve lectured engineering at University of Limerick and worked in a technology centre called the Irish Centre for Composites Research
I’ve been space mad since a NASA trip at the age of 11.
I’m currently living in Dublin, originally from Mayo, and have always loved to travel. I had lots of great opportunities over the past few years to see different parts of the world. When I was studying in university, I got the opportunity to intern at the Boeing Company live in Seattle, Washington, USA for 8 months. I had always looking out for space related opportunities and in 2010 attended the Space Studies Program in Strasbourg France. I made some great friends there and have stayed in contact with many of them.
I run a start-up company in Ireland and I’m also a faculty member at International Space University
At the International Space University, I’m involved with the Space Studies Program. This summer it will be hosted in CIT Cork, which is fantastic for Ireland. I’m co-chairing a Team Project with Gary Martin who works for NASA Ames in California. My day job in Ireland is running a start-up company and we are preparing to launch a new range of new space themed products for children in summer 2017- called Planet Zebunar. I was a participant on the New Frontiers Program for Entrepreneurs last year so that was great to learn about the different elements of running a company and also to meet other entrepreneurs who are working on their ideas.
My Typical Day
No such thing as a typical day – that is one element of starting a company that I like!
What I'd do with the money
I’d organise a Planet Zebunar party during the Space Studies Program in Cork.
I’d organise a Planet Zebunar outreach event to showcase some of the awesome opportunities people have while working in the space sector.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Determined, outgoing, curious
What's the best thing you've done as an engineer?
Sent an experiment to the International Space Station
What or who inspired you to become an engineer?
NASA visit when I was 11
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Not that I remember
If you weren't an engineer, what would you be?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
I love lots of different types of food
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Too many to choose just one thing!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Successfully get my new Planet Zebunar products to market, send another experiment to the ISS and go to space myself.