Dr Austin Coffey

Senior Member of Lecturing Staff & Principal Investigator within the School of Engineering at Waterford Institute of Technology; with over 19 years experience in academia and commercial management and technical roles. Adjunct Professor of Engineering at Thammasat University, Thailand. Founder and Leader of Polymer Processing Technologies Group at WIT. Founder and former Managing Director of WCMS Technologies Ltd (a WIT spin-out company). Founder and former Managing Director of CCT Plastics Processing & Solutions Ltd. Approved Clinical Investigator at in UK and Ireland. Founder and Director of M.Sc. in Innovative Technology Engineering at Waterford Institute of Technology [Awarded postgraduate course of the year in engineering for the Island of Ireland 2011, runner-up 2013]. Supervised in excess of 20 PhD / Masters students. Industrial experience includes new technology management, project management, new product and process development, manufacturing engineering, and providing consultation to pharmaceutical, medical device, civil and construction engineering sectors. Background in polymer materials and processes, engineering design, materials development, new product development, material analysis and advanced composite engineering for infrastructural and biomedical applications. Received and contributed to ca. €8.5M to date in research funding. President of Divisions of the Society of Plastics Engineers. Past-President, Founder and Councillor of European Medical Polymers Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers. Board member of Composites, European and US Medical Plastics divisions of the Society of Plastics Engineers. Former visiting Professor to Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences [Future Technologies]. Keynote speaker and Seminar Leader for international conferences in UK, France, US, Nepal, China and Thailand related to medical devices and medical polymers. Founder and Principal Investigator within the Convergent Technologies Research Group; an interdisciplinary applied research group in Infrastructural, Energy, Materials, Biomedical and New Technologies.


Dr Philip R. Walsh

Philip Richard Walsh B.Sc. M.Eng.Sc. MInstP MIEEE is founding member of CTRG and Principal Investigator to a number of the group’s research projects. Mr. Walsh has a degree in Experimental Physics (National University of Ireland, Galway (IRL)), a Masters in Semiconductor Design & Fabrication (National Microelectronic Research Center (IRL)) and a doctorate in Biomedical Engineering (Centre for Advanced Cardiovascular Research: Nanotechnology & Integrated Bioengineering Research Center (UK)). His research interests include experimental physics, solid state physics, semiconductor process engineering, semiconductor device engineering, analog, digital and mixed signal integrated circuit design, biomedical engineering, active medical device design, advanced materials and process for design and manufacture of active biomedical devices, regulatory affairs, intellectual property, technological convergence and technology management. Having worked in these fields for over 20 years, Mr. Walsh has consulted for multiple international semiconductor companies and holds multiple patents and publications in related disciplines. He is a member of the Institute of Physics, a Member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers, joint course director for the Master of Engineering in Electronic Engineering degree and member of the Commercialisation Committee, Research Ethics Review Panel & HR Strategy for Researchers Committee at Waterford Institute of Technology.


Niall Murphy

Niall Murphy is a founding member of the Convergent Technologies Research Group and technical consultant to several of the Group’s research projects. In addition, Niall lectures at Waterford Institute of Technology and is a supervisor over a number of Masters’ theses. He has a B.Eng. in electronic engineering, and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). His industrial background includes significant experience in the US, Europe and Ireland in the field of control engineering.


Dr Kieran O’Mahoney

Dr Kieran O’Mahoney is a senior research engineer with the CTRG. His main interests are in the are areas of optics, photonics and both optical and electrical spectroscopy. He has previously worked as the senior research scientist with the Optics Research Group in Waterford Institute of Technology, where he served as Principle Investigator on several Enterprise Ireland funded research commercialisation projects and also as a post-doctoral researcher. He has also served as CTO in two spin out companies. Kieran has authored multiple peer reviewed publications, filed several patents and given talks at major international conferences.


Martin Walshe

Martin is a graduate of the BSc in Physics for Modern Technology at WIT, where his thesis focused on novel sensing and analytic techniques for the determination of bacterial cell counts in solutions. Prior to his academic career, Martin spent close to a decade working in the telecommunications industry, with roles in major incident management and network management. Martin’s research interests can be broadly defined as the application of sensing technologies in the life sciences and biomedical sphere.


Dr. Alan Meaney

Alan is a post-doctoral research scientist in CTRG, currently working on an EICF research project. He studied Applied Physics in Dublin City University where he went on to complete his P.hD. on Growth and Characterisation of ZnO in 2010. Alan worked at the High-Field Magnet Laboratory user facility in Nijmegen, The Netherlands where has was involved with several international research groups performing magneto-optical characterisation of semiconductor materials. After a spell teaching at Dublin Institute of Technology, he began working in Waterford Institute of Technology. Alan has authored and contributed to multiple peer-reviewed research publications.


Anup Poudel

Anup is a doctoral researcher with the CTRG specialising in dielectric thermoplastic elastomers for energy harvesting and civil infrastructural applications – also the focus of his thesis which he aims to complete in 2016. Anup holds a bachelors degree in biomedical engineering and a Master of Science degree, of which his thesis centred on the development of smart polymer materials technology for cardiovascular applications. Other research interests include electrical impedance spectroscopy and its applications in the biomedical sphere.

Nireeksha Karode

Nireeksha completed her undergraduate degree in electronics and communications in Bangalore, India. For her masters, Nireeksha undertook investigation of organic polymers and active layer of organic thin film transistors. On successful attainment of her MSc, she began researching the fabrication of polyaniline/graphene nano-composite based chemical sensors. Currently Nireeksha is conducting research into the electrochemical performance of electroactive polymers using supercritical carbon dioxide for biomedical applications.