I have worked for big and small companies who make medical devices. I have worked in Ireland and California for these companies.
I am a lecturer and researcher.
I work in DIT- Dublin Institute of Technology.
I am from a small place outside Ennis in Co. Clare called Ballyea. They have a great hurling team! But now I live with my husband, just outside Drogheda, in a village called Tullyallen. My husband is from Tullyallen, so lots of his family live near us which is lovely. While it’s not in Co. Clare, our friends and my family often come to stay with us which is great fun. I love the sea, so I often go to the beach for a walk.
I work in Dublin so I travel to work on a bus.
I work in Dublin so I travel to work on a bus. Every day is different and that’s one of the pleasures of being an engineer, your day is never predictable, and rarely boring. Before lunch, I might teach students for two hours about materials and how they behave if they are put into your body and then after lunch, I might meet some other students and together figure out a problem they have in a project they are doing. In between, I read about interesting new developments in the world of bioengineering, or write a report, or meet someone from industry about a new project. Some days, I go to the lab and do experiments. I work with cells and materials so often I will have an experiment that requires me to take pictures of the cells every day to see if they like the materials or not. I am often working with other people but some jobs, I need to work on my own. After work, I might meet friends or go home and chill out!
What I'd do with the money
I would use the money to build a demonstration unit where students could see heart valves working correctly, and examine change when they become diseased and finally it would show how heart valve replacements work.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Curious, happy, organised
What's the best thing you've done as an engineer?
I made new material that might be able to help people whose hearts aren’t working the way they should. The material would help their heart pump blood around their body.
What or who inspired you to become an engineer?
I wanted to help people. Engineers often have jobs that allow them to invent or make things to help people.
What did you want to be after you left school?
I wanted to investigate airplane crashes! That’s what made me do Mechanical Engineering.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
No comment!! Actually, I was a real chatterbox so I was often in trouble for talking!!
If you weren't an engineer, what would you be?
I would probably be a scientist.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Lisa Hannigan- she is my favourite singer.
What's your favourite food?
Crisps- do they count? Sweet potato fries….. yum….
What is the most fun thing you've done?
When I finished my Masters, I went travelling for a year. That was a lot of fun!
Tell us a joke.
What did zero say to eight? Nice belt!