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Biography

2021 - Present Professor of Digital Technologies and Academic lead for the HCI UL@Work project.
2017 - 2021Head, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering.
1995 - 2017 Assistant Lecturer, Lecturer above the Bar and Senior Lecturer, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, University of Limerick.
1992- 1995 Researcher at the Control Systems Group, Department of Electronic Engineering Dublin City University.
1993 - 1995 Lecturer (Part-Time) at the Institute of Technology, Tallaght.
1989 - 1992 Research Officer at the Electronics Manufacturing Centre, AMT Ireland.
1987 - 1988 Technician at the Teagasc Research Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork.

Research Interests

Systems Science, Computer based Control, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing

Operations Research, Smart Manufacturing, Ad Hoc/5G Wireless Networks, Robust Control, Robust Performance Assessment,

Structured Singular Value, Digital Power Control, Power/Energy Management, Biomedical Systems.

Professional Activities

Education

  • 1997 Dublin City University - Ph.D.
  • 1992 University of Limerick - M.Eng
  • 1989 University of Limerick - B Eng

Award

  • - Visiting Research fellow, University of Leicester
  • - Community Service Award UL

Peter is a member of the Business Development Team at the Department of Online, Flexible & Professional Development (OFPD) at ATU. Peter has over 20 years’ experience in leadership and management roles within the Defence Forces. He has also spent time working as a qualified career guidance practitioner in the Defence Forces and with ATU which have honed his skills in understanding the educational needs of both traditional and non-traditional students.

At OFPD, Peter is part of a dynamic Business Development team that bridges the gap between academia and industry. This team plays a critical role in translating market trends, industry demands, and skills gaps into robust academic programmes that prepare students for real-world challenges. They ensure that ATU's offerings are closely aligned with the evolving needs of employers, thus enhancing graduate employability. The Business Development team are also pivotal in marketing and recruitment efforts, effectively communicating the value of ATU’s programmes and their alignment with industry requirements. By participating in career fairs, expos, and other relevant events, they highlight clear career pathways for prospective students, whether they are entering third-level education for the first time or seeking training and education, as well as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities to enhance their career prospects.

With over 20 years’ experience in the voluntary and education sector Gemma has recently pivoted to being self-employed and bringing my in-depth skills to other sectors. Gemma’s hyphenated career over 25 years has seen her working in areas as far-reaching as the Favelas in Brazil. Gemma has international experience across a variety of sectors.

She is adept at supporting those in marginalised and disadvantaged communities through creating environments that are responsive, empathetic and tailored to the diverse strengths of each individual. Her work has brought her into Irish Prisons working with clients and into boardrooms and classrooms. Gemma has vast experience leading teams in both the voluntary and educational sector while establishing her own Education, Training and Coaching business in tandem.

She has demonstrable skills in leadership, training programme design, development and delivery, facilitation, operational excellence and relationship development. Passionate about education and driven by participation, positivity and feeling part of something bigger.

Her coaching experience ranges from CEOs to solopreneurs and graduates. Gemma has trained in Coaching with Neuroscience and uses a whole-system approach when Coaching clients.

Gemma’s values include authenticity, integrity, honesty, trust, drive, ambition, self-fulfilment & a genuine interest in humans. Gemma is an emotionally intelligent and energising people leader and educator. She manages through influence to drive results and motivate trust.

“I strive to be the kind of leader who embraces the realities of life and family while also driving high standards and a strong work ethic. I always challenge the status quo and foster a culture of continuous improvement. I love collaborating with others and bring my energy and enthusiasm to every interaction.”

Gemma is a fluent Spanish and Portuguese speaker with a high level of conversational French.

John is a passionate Business Coach with a particular interest in Communications Skills Training, Personal Development and Sales Skills. As a business coach and strategist, he helps executives and professionals to make breakthroughs that take them to the next level. In addition to that, John has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur owning and running a business.

His expertise lies in his communications skills and his passion for helping others to get from where they are to where they want to be. His work experience in Sales and Business Development in multinational and national sales organisations and entrepreneurship have given him the breadth of knowledge needed to pursue his passion for coaching executives and professionals.

Lisa Fitzpatrick Coaching - Helping clients to reach their potential!

An approachable and passionate Coach who energises and motivates clients to maximise their potential and achieve their goals. Specialising in Career Coaching, Personal Life Coaching and Executive Coaching, using the renowned GROW Model Lisa helps clients in areas such as career transition, career development, mindset coaching, interview preparation, emotional intelligence and personal & professional branding.

Lisa marries her 15 years International Marketing Management experience in Global FinTech with her Coaching practice.

James specialises in helping people who feel stuck in their careers. His coaching is useful for people who:
  • Want to change their job / career
  • Need a winning CV, cover letter and Linkedin profile
  • Feel overwhelmed with different career options
  • Are searching for a sense of purpose
  • Struggle to deal with setbacks and rejections
  • Have difficulties balancing priorities
15 years of teaching, training and facilitation has honed his expertise in developing confidence, motivation, effective communication and leadership skills. Furthermore, he's won awards for having a positive impact and been invited to speak at international conferences in Australia, Turkey, Vietnam and Cambodia.
He is a certified careers coach with EMCC accreditation which means he coaches to a high standard and his work is regularly supervised. Using design thinking and positive psychology, James empowers individuals to develop the skills and mindset needed to move forward confidently. He specialises in uncovering paths for professional growth, transforming problems into solutions, and crafting a roadmap for career success. For further details, visit his website.
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