I went to national school in Castleplunkett N.S, Co. Roscommon from 1995 - 2003. Then to the C.B.S, Roscommon town until 2010. And after that I went to college in the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) for 5 years graduating in 2016.
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical), Masters of Engineering (Energy Systems), both from NUIG.
Shops, hotels, a car garage, farming, construction, teaching, anyway I could earn money I would give it a go!
I work in the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) as part of the centre for Marine and Renewable Energy (MaREI), and my research is funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). The actual building I work in is part of University College Cork’s (UCC) campus and is close to Cork city.
Favourite thing to do in science: Solving problems and learning new things! Sharing stories about the newest or coolest discoveries is always great fun too...
I'm a PhD student and energy engineer from Roscommon but living in Cork, and a proper nerd at heart. I love and play a lot of sports, go out with my friends, travel a lot, and love the craic!
Here are a few pictures of the things I like to do during my spare time!
I’ve been to places like the USA, Mexico, Germany, Ukraine, Spain, Serbia, The Netherlands, and lots others on holidays, for work, or to go to music festivals.
I really enjoy motorcross, sailing, mountaineering, and like I said I play a lot of sport.
I also hang out with my friends and family as much as I can….
Anything to do with fast or big machines and I’m there!
I am a researcher in renewable energy at the Environmental Research Institute in University College Cork. My work is about a new way of storing energy so that we can use more renewable energy like wind turbines and solar panels than ever before. I try to answer questions like how expensive will it be, where is the best place to build it, and new ideas to make it more effective.
As part of my work I also have to give presentations to other researchers, business people, and even politicians, to help them learn about renewable energy. This way we hope to move Ireland toward a clean future as soon as possible.
I make diagrams like this one so that people can better understand my work.
My Typical Day
Sit at my desk, read all about the subject I'm working on, find out the questions that need to be answered, and figure out how I can contribute. This can be working on problems down in the laboratory or working them out on the computer.
Arrive between 9 and 10am, work on my laptop until about 12, go to the gym then come back and have lunch for about an hour, I tend to do lab work in the afternoon or continue working on the mathematical models/problems on my computer. I also read other people’s work a lot so I can keep up with the latest research. My day ends between 5 and 7pm but I really enjoy what I do so it doesn’t seem late.
What I'd do with the money
I'd love the opportunity to develop and give an interactive presentation about why we know climate change is real, and what we can do to stop it. Sometimes the science can be really difficult to understand or the effects hard to recognise, and I think that's why people aren't acting. Rather than give out to people for not knowing we should help them to understand.
“Why we know climate change is real, and what we can do to stop it!”
The seminar style presentation would have a format something like the following….
Intro: “What do we mean by climate change?”
Potential consequences: “What happens if we don’t fix it?”
Sources: “What is causing climate change?”
Key concepts: “How do we know this?”
Solutions: “What do we need to do?”
I would use diagrams and examples to explain key concepts as much as possible.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Always good craic!
Who is your favourite singer or band?
I genuinely love all kinds of Music but listening to "The Prodigy" always picks me up....
What's your favourite food?
Fajitas.... or the Christmas ham
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I lived in San Francisco for 5 months and got to travel the USA when I finished college.... unbelievable fun!
What did you want to be after you left school?
I wanted to be an engineer who helped the Gardaí to work out how accidents happened or solve crimes.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes, I talked a lot in class especially when I got bored, but nothing too serious. I actually liked school!
What was your favourite subject at school?
Construction studies, closely followed by science....
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Presented at a conference in Mexico in front of a big room of people.
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
Nature programmes on TV, K'nex, and Lego!
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
I like the idea of making a difference so maybe a politician....
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
A massive garage with every kind of tool and machine for me to work on, to always be healthy and happy, and the Euromillions jackpot!
Tell us a joke.
How do NASA organise a party?... They planet
Below are some pictures of the building I work in and the university that it’s a part of!