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BiographiesThis MSc programme is delivered by academic researchers and industryprofessionals of considerable expertise and experience.Professor Lorraine Hanlon, BSc MSc PhD MInPLorraine Hanlon is Associate Professor of Astronomy inUCD and worked at the European Space and TechnologyResearch Centre (ESTEC) in the Netherlands as a researchfellow for 4 years. She is an active researcher in spacebased high-energy astrophysics with particular expertise inthe area of gamma-ray bursts. She was involved in thedevelopment of the Optical Monitoring Camera for the ESAINTEGRAL mission and has led the installation of a ground-based robotic telescopein South Africa for gamma-ray burst follow-up observations. With her colleagues inUCD, and in partnership with Irish industry, she is working on the development ofnext-generation gamma-ray detector technology. She is currently scientific advisor tothe Irish national delegate for the Science Programme Committee of ESA and is amember of the INTEGRAL Users' Group.Deirdre Coffey, BSc HDipEd MSc PhD MInPDeirdre Coffey is a lecturer in the Astrophysics and SpaceScience Group at UCD. She graduated with a BSc inExperimental Physics, MSc in Optoelectronics, and a PhD inAstrophysics, as well as Higher Diploma in Education. Shehas held a research fellowship at Arcetri Observatory inFlorence, Italy, as part of a Marie Curie Research andTraining Network under FP6; an Irish Research Council research fellowship at theDublin Institute for Advanced Studies; and an Italian Space Agency researchfellowship at Arcetri Observatory. She was also awarded a Marie Curie EuropeanReintegration Grant as part of FP7. Following a year of exposure to research policyand administration at the Irish Research Council, she joined the staff at UCD. Herresearch interests are in the field of star formation, using high-resolution observationsto understand how new stars are born. She has ten years experience working withthe Hubble Space Telescope, as well as world-class ground-based facilities,including VLT, Gemini and ALMA.

ucd.ie/spacescienceSheila McBreen, BSc PhD MInPSheila McBreen is a lecturer in the School of Physics. Shecompleted her PhD in 2004 on the subject of the promptemission of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) detected with NASA'sCompton Gamma-ray Space Observatory. After graduation,she worked as a research fellow in the European SpaceAgency (ESA) in The Netherlands focusing on high-energyobservations of extragalactic sources. In 2006, she wasawarded a Marie Curie Fellowship from the European Unionand moved to the Max Planck Institute for extraterrestrial physics (MPE) in Munich.While at MPE, she joined the Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GBM) team and continuesto be an active team member. The GBM is an instrument on NASA's Fermi Gammaray Space Telescope. Her interests include gamma-ray bursts, their afterglows andhost galaxies, terrestrial gamma-ray flashes and developing instrumentation for thenext generation gamma-ray space mission.Willi O'Connor, BE PhDWilli O'Connor is a Senior Lecturer in the School ofMechanical and Materials Engineering in UCD. He lectures inMechanics, Dynamics and Control. He obtained a PhD fromUniversity College Dublin on the role of saturation in magneticforce production. His current research interests include controland active vibration damping of flexible mechanical systems;numerical modelling methods, particularly TLM (TransmissionLine Matrix); theoretical mechanics; analysis and design ofacoustic devices; waves and wave-structure interaction; development of novel andspecial-purpose acoustic and infrared sensors; and analysis and computation of nonlinear magnetic fields and forces. He currently has a research contract with ESA toapply wave-based control to under-actuated, large, flexible space structures and torobotic arms for planetary explorers. He is also researching control challengesassociated with the sloshing of liquid propellant in spacecraft and some controlaspects of the space debris removal problem.Mark Flanagan, BE PhDDr. Mark Flanagan is an SFI Stokes lecturer with the School ofElectrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering atUniversity College Dublin. Prior to this, he held researchfellowships at the University of Zurich, the University ofBologna and the University of Edinburgh, as well as the ClaudeShannon Institute for Discrete Mathematics, Coding andCryptography, Dublin. His main research interest lies in codingand modulation for telecommunication systems, with a particular emphasis on designand analysis of state-of-the-art error-correction codes and decoders (include turboand LDPC codes). He is a reviewer for many leading international journals, andserves on the TPC of several high-profile international conferences. Dr. Flanagan is amember of the Editorial Board for IEEE Communications Letters. He is a SeniorMember of the IEEE.BIOGRAPHIES2

ucd.ie/spacescienceDeclan Murphy, BSc MScDeclan Murphy graduated from University College Cork, with aMasters degree in Experimental Physics. His career in the IrishMeteorological Service culminated in his appointment asDirector in 1989. He represented Ireland in many internationalmeteorological organisations including EUMETSAT (theEuropean Organisation for the Exploitation of MeteorologicalSatellites), a leading agency in the field of Earth Observation.He was elected Chairman of the Council of EUMETSAT in 2004, a position he helduntil 2008. Following his departure from Met Éireann in 2009 he has worked on anumber of projects for EUMETSAT. He is the author of the history of EUMETSAT “EUMETSAT 25 Years” – published on the organisation’s 25th anniversary in 2011.Michael Perryman, BSc PhDMichael Perryman has a degree in theoretical physics and aPhD in radio astronomy, both from Cambridge University. Alarge part of his career has been with the European SpaceAgency, where he was project scientist for the Hipparcosspace astrometry mission (1980-97), project manager duringthe satellite operational phase (1989-93), co-originator of theGaia space astrometry mission, and Gaia project scientistbetween 1995-2008. Subsequently he spent 2010 as a Distinguished Visitor inHeidelberg in a joint appointment at the university and the Max Planck Institute,2011-12 as visiting professor in Bristol, and autumn 2013 as Bohdan Paczynskivisiting professor at Princeton. His scientific works include The Exoplanet Handbook(2011), recipient of the PROSE Award for Cosmology & Astronomy, 2011.Recognition for his leadership of the Hipparcos project includes the Gold Medal ofthe French Astronomical Society, the Academy Medal of the Royal NetherlandsAcademy of Arts & Sciences, the Tycho Brahe Prize of the European AstronomicalSociety, and an Honorary Doctorate from Lund University in Sweden.Danny Gleeson, BSc MScDanny Gleeson is the Space Business Development Managerwith Curtiss Wright Controls Avionics & Electronics. He graduatedin 1986 from Imperial College in London with an Honors Degreein Physics and in 1990 with a Masters Degree in Astronomy andAstronautics. Danny has more than 26 years in the space sectorworking with some of the world’s leading space companies in theUS and Europe and has helped develop Ireland’s indigenousstrategy for growing and commercialising space technology.Danny has produced and delivered training material for areas including innovationmanagement and space technology transfer. He is also the founder of the Space IndustrySkillnet, Europe’s first space industry training network endorsed by the European SpaceAgency. In his career, Danny has worked on technology developments for manyinternational space projects including future expendable and re-useable launchers, spacestation infrastructure, space suits, re-entry vehicles, Geo-Stationary satellite platforms andLow Earth orbiting experiment missions.BIOGRAPHIES3

ucd.ie/spacescienceRonan Wall, BSc PhDRonan Wall is Programme Manager at Moog Ltd. He hasextensive experience in leading industrial space contracts forAstrium Satellites and Moog Ltd for over 10 years. His initialindustrial posting was in the Science Missions group atAstrium where he participated in or led definition studies pheric mission and Planetary Protection implementation. Ronan managedthe Solar Orbiter sunshield subcontract for Astrium before moving to Moog to leadthe team for the design and implementation of the High Thrust Apogee Engine – anew highly efficient engine for ESA’s planetary missions. Ronan was also thefounding programme manager for the first UK national CubeSat programme, UKube1, which is due for launch in 2013. One of Ronan’s key activities over his whole timein the space industry has been in new business acquisition through extensiveproposal and tendering. Ronan is a UCD physicist by training, having focused onNuclear and Radiation Physics during PhD studies.Giuseppe Vacanti, BSc PhDGiuseppe Vacanti holds a Laurea in Physics from theUniversity of Milan (1987) and a PhD in in Astrophysics fromthe University of Paris (1993). He spent three years in Tucson,Arizona, working as an astronomer in the Fred LawrenceWhipple Observatory gamma-ray group. After four years inParis (Service d'Astrophysique and École Politechnique)straddling the boundaries between physics and astrophysics,he reached The Netherlands in 1994. Here, Giuseppe workedas calibration scientist and scientific software programmer on the X-ray missionsBeppo SAX and XMM-Newton. In 2000, he joined Cosine, a small technologycompany working on measurement systems for space and ground applications.Here, Giuseppe works on projects that combine physics, data analysis, modelling,simulations, and software.Zeldine O'Brien, PhDZeldine O'Brien is a barrister at law. Following a LL.B fromTrinity College Dublin, she was conferred with a Ph.D alsofrom Trinity in the field of space law under the supevision ofthe late Dr Gernot Biehler. During her years of doctoralresearch, she was a participant in the European SpaceAgency's student participation programme. She has publishedwidely in the field of space law in Ireland, the Netherlands andthe U.S.and has taught at Trinity's Law School. She has alsotaught in Kosovo with the Irish Rule of LawInternational's project there in coordination with the Kosovo Chamber ofAdvocates. In 2005, she won the Diederiks Verschoor Award from the InternationalInstitute of Space Law of which she is a member. She is also a member of theSociety of Legal Scholars. She was called to the Bar of Ireland in 2009 and has beenin practice since. Her research interests include space law and European and Irishspace policy.BIOGRAPHIES4

ucd.ie/spacescienceTherese Raftery, BSc MSc PhDTherese Raftery holds an MSc in Inorganic Chemistry fromUCC and later a PhD in Mechanical and Materials Engineeringfrom UCD. She has worked in materials production throughresearch and development of advanced materials andcoatings for use in extreme conditions: oil and gas exploration(GE Superabrasives), biomedical applications (Bostonscientific and Stryker Orthopaedics), and currently newcoatings satellites with EnBio. Through her career she has used Six Sigma, Lean,and Stable Operations to improve and stabilise materials and their fabrication andprocessing, and to develop novel materials for use in aggressive unexploredenvironments. She has also helped apply Six Sigma Methodology improvingenvironmental health and safety as well as finance functions.Joe Houghton, MBAJoe Houghton is currently Director of Project Management &lecturer at UCD Smurfit Graduate School of Business,International Executive MBA graduate (UCD 2004) and partway through part time PhD by research in the area of Not forProfit governance.He is an experienced business/ITmanager who has held European and global positions insoftware development, systems implementation, technologymanagement, & telemetry systems development with multi-nationals includingGeneral Electric.Barry Brophy, BE MEngScBarry Brophy was educated in UCD and completed anengineering Masters in 1996. He worked in industry for twoyears and returned to UCD in 1998 where he worked asa contract researcher in the energy sector and as alecturer. In parallel with this, Barry is a consultant in makingoral presentations. Industry clients include: ESB, ESBI, PM,Wyeth, DePuy, Jacobs Engineering, BP, Cable & Wireless,Engineers Ireland, Institute of Chartered Accountants andFaber Maunsell. He also teaches presentation skills in schools across the Universityand carries out cognitive research into this communication process.Caroline Gill, BA MBSCaroline Gill is responsible for providing and supporting avariety of innovation related education programmes andinitiatives across UCD. Prior to joining UCD, Caroline workedin the IT industry for 10 years in the area of enterprisesoftware and business consulting. She worked internationallywith SAP, Accenture and Avnet Technology Solutions andhas experience in a range of sectors including FMCG, oil &gas, manufacturing, financial services, software industry,hospitality and publishing.BIOGRAPHIES5

Biographies This MSc programme is delivered by academic researchers and industry professionals of considerable expertise and experience. Professor Lorraine Hanlon, BSc MSc PhD MInP Lorraine Hanlon is Associate Professor of Astronomy in UCD and worked at the European Space and Technology Research Centre (ESTEC) in the Netherlands as a research fellow for 4 years. She is an active researcher in .

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