Irish Manufacturing Research Team

Expertise and dedication are at the core of everything we do

Irish Manufacturing Research Team

Expertise and dedication are at the core of everything we do

Barry Kennedy

Barry Kennedy


Barry is currently CEO of Irish Manufacturing Research, Irelands leading edge industrially focused research centre for advanced manufacturing. Barry qualified with an MSc from University of Dublin, Trinity College Dublin in 1996. Barry has worked in a research environment in Trinity College Dublin for 10 years before commencing work with Intel. He has worked in a number of senior engineering roles in Intel as Process Integration, Failure Analysis engineer. He has held a number of senior management roles in Failure Analysis, Process Integration, Process Control and Statistics, Yield Analysis, Quality and Reliability, Yield Q&R. Barry has also worked as New Business and Strategic Program director for Ireland Fab Operations in Intel.

Michéal Cassidy

Michéal Cassidy

Chief Technology Officer

Michéal Cassidy is founder and CTO of Irish Manufacturing Research since its formation in 2014. Prior to this, he has had a number of management and engineering roles in large multinationals including Philips and TDK and manufacturing start-ups and SMEs. Micheal is responsible for the strategic technical roadmap and managing diverse high performing technical teams in areas such as Knowledge Management, Energy Efficiency, Augmented Reality and IoT. He also directs company operations and has raised over €20M in public and private R&D funding.

Dr. Andrew Lynch

Dr. Andrew Lynch

Chief Innovation & Network Officer

Andrew has spent 20 years in the manufacturing sector as an owner manager, consultant, senior manager and latterly researcher of SME manufacturing sites in Ireland and abroad. Andrew’s role in Irish Manufacturing Research is to encourage and facilitate industrial research projects and interactions with the Centre, as well as coordinating international activities across Europe. Andrew holds an honours degree in Biology, A first class Masters in Environmental Analytical Chemistry from University College Cork and a PhD in Engineering from the University of Limerick.  Andrew chairs the National Steering Committee in Cobotics, and is the National Delegate on several manufacturing policy fora across a number of European platforms.

Principal Investigators

Dr Fergus Quilligan

Principal Investigator

Fergus is Principal Investigator for Analytics in IMR. Fergus received a PhD on the application of data processing and feature extraction to astrophysical datasets. He worked onsite with NASA and ESA before moving to Intel where he led an analytics team providing skills in root cause analysis, advanced SPC, data mining, yield modelling, predictive analytics etc. with Fergus leading the worldwide quality improvement roadmap. Since moving to IMR Fergus has worked on projects involving real time data analysis from IoT sensors, optimised scheduling, human computer interaction and cyber physical systems. In his 15 years in industry, Fergus has worked on a broad range of analytical projects across a wide range of sectors; his current focus is on enabling analytics solutions to be more easily deployed within industry.

Dr. Carlos Garcia

Principal Investigator

Carlos is an Industrial Engineer with professional experience of 15 years as a Project Director and Researcher, working for private research centres and companies across different industries, such as ICT, renewable energy, stock market and railways. He holds a PhD in multi-objective optimisation for complex industrial production problems. Carlos has managed diverse projects, both in FP7 European projects and in direct collaborations with many companies. From a technical perspective, he specialises on the development of advanced optimisation and control techniques applied to several fields; his deep knowledge of programming and modelling software completes a strong technical background. Since joining IMR in 2014 he leads the design, development and introduction in the market of Greybox Scheduling Optimisation.

Fearghal O'Hare

Principal Investigator

Fearghal is the Systems Software Principal Investigator and Software Development Team lead in IMR. Fearghal has a BEng from Queens University and MSc from UCD plus 12 years’ experience working within the Semi-Conductor Sector in Advanced Automation and Software Development. Fearghal has extensive experience in mobile, web, database and middleware application development as both a developer and project manager. He has developed manufacturing applications in areas such as product delivery, process control, predictive maintenance and optimised scheduling systems

John Delaney

Principal Investigator

John is a Senior Technologist with over thirty years experience working in the technology sector. John has worked with both indigenous Irish startups and multinationals primarily as a developer/architect across the entire software stack. Prior to joining IMR, John worked with Intel in the areas of Automation, Digital Health research and Embedded Systems. John initially studied Applied Physics, has a Post Grad in Electronic Engineering and an MSc. in Security and Forensics. His current areas of interest are Cyber Security, IIOT and Machine Learning.

Alejandro Muñoz Espiago

Principal Investigator

Alejandro is the Principal Investigator in Additive Manufacturing and Program Manager at IMR. Alejandro has wide manufacturing experience as researcher in entities such as the University of Oviedo and Prodintec Technology Centre. He has a background of leading and managing large multi-disciplinary, multi-partner research projects, involving industrial companies, universities and research institutes. Alejandro’s research interests are focused on AM specific processes, materials and design, across a wide spectrum of industrial sectors with an interest in design and processing new disruptive applications. He is active member of the European Technology Sub-platform in Additive manufacturing.

IMR Staff

David McCormack

Senior Energy Researcher

David is senior energy researcher in IMR, he has over 10 years’ experience working as a mechanical/electrical engineer. David has worked across a number of industries including ICT, Pharma and Financial services with roles in maintenance, utilities, facilities and energy. David has a B.Sc. in Electrical Services & Energy Management, and a BSC in Manufacturing Engineering. David has experience in ISO 50001 and has successfully implemented and maintained certification in previous roles and has recently completed the certified measurement and verification protocol (CMVP) training. David is currently studying a MSC in Technology Management.

Dr. Kilian Edwards

Mechanical Research Engineer

Kilian is a mechanical research engineer at IMR. Kilian holds a PhD in the development of control strategies for heating and cooling systems. He has experience using a range of engineering packages, including Python, MATLAB, 3D modelling and FEA software. He has skills in model development, simulation, data analysis and control of energy systems. He is currently participating in projects utilising IoT and data aggregation for visualisation, analysis and control in factories.

Daugirdas Stirbys

Electronics Engineer

Daugirdas is electronics engineer with over 3 years of experience with a wide skill set and currently works as a researcher for IMR. Daugirdas main focus areas include data aggregation systems and IoT, which are tightly related to the projects he is involved at the moment. Previously he was working at Sonex Metrology as a design engineer and was part of the R&D team that was applying photoacoustic technique for non-destructive sub-surface defect detection. Daugirdas holds a First-Class Honours M.Eng. degree in Electronics Systems from Dublin City University.

Dr Ken Horan

Industrial Research Lead

Ken is an Industrial Research Lead in IMR. In 2011, Ken received his PhD from the Electronic Engineering Dept. of Dublin City University. After this, Ken took the role of CTO in a Process Control Start-up serving the semiconductor industry, spinning out technology developed during his time in DCU. Ken has experience in Metrology, Process Control and System Design & Integration, in addition to leading mission critical projects and the associated teams.

Dr. Anna Rotondo

Optimisation Researcher

Anna is an optimisation researcher at IMR. She has been a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Dublin City University for a number of years and has been involved in national and international industry-focused research projects. She holds a MS degree in management engineering from Politecnico di Bari (Italy) and received her PhD in manufacturing engineering from Dublin City University, Ireland. Her research interests are in modeling, analysis and optimisation of complex manufacturing systems, with particular application to semiconductor manufacturing. Her research work focuses on improving the process of developing models to address specific tactical and strategic decisions in real manufacturing environments.

Dr Joanna Muras

Senior Software Developer

Joanna is Senior software developer at IMR. Joanna has over 6 years of experience as professional software developer specializing in Java. She was responsible for delivering software solutions, which included requirements gathering, design of the solution and its implementation. Joanna specialises mainly in web technologies. Joanna obtained PhD in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin. Focus of her research was on data mining, analysis, and processing including machine learning algorithms. During her research she taught a number of courses in School of Computer Science and Statistics related to programming and communications.

Bonnie Chan

Assistant Researcher

Bonnie is a researcher in the collaborative robotics team at IMR. She has experience using a range of engineering packages, including MATLAB, 3D modelling and SCADA systems software. Bonnie has also been involved with FIRST Robotics for over 10 years. She holds an Honours B.Eng. degree in Mechatronics Engineering. Bonnie is currently studying a MEng by Research

Sean McConnell

Senior Industrial Researcher

Sean is a Senior Industrial Researcher working in the area of Additive Manufacturing. Since gaining his B.Sc. in Product design, he has worked with various multinationals in multiple capacities. His areas of expertise are that of Designing for Additive, Reverse Engineering, Advanced CAD Generation and Process Development. Sean is currently working on various projects that take traditionally manufactured goods and redesigning them to be produced additively.

Carlos Liro

Software Developer

Carlos is a Lead Software Engineer on the WKS Programme. He is an accomplished programmer and project manager with over 10 years experience in a range of industries, including developing software solutions for renewable energy management at ISOTROL and solutions for public sector at EVERIS. Carlos graduated with a degree in Software Engineering from University of Seville, Spain.

Dr Ann O'Connell

Industrial Researcher

Ann has spent 15 years in the manufacturing sector, she worked in a number of senior engineering roles in Intel as Process Integration, Materials and Chemical Analysis engineer. Ann holds a PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Biology from University College Dublin. On completion of her doctoral research and prior to joining IMR, Ann worked for Tyndall National Institute in an Industry facing role engaging with Industry in an advisory role to coordinate collaborative research projects and advise Industry on the possible funding options available to them for innovative materials research. As part of CCAN and Advanced Materials Ireland Ann sat on the NMPB High Level group in Brussels.

Dr. Giulia Paggetti

User Experience Researcher

Giulia is a User Experience Researcher at IMR.  She graduated with a PhD in Computer Science from University of Verona, in collaboration with Imperial College London, and with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in General and Experimental Psychology from University of Florence.

Giulia has a background of managing and participating in multi-disciplinary and international research projects, both in corporate and university environments. She applied her research skills in different fields such as robotics, computer vision, content sharing and social gaming.

Sam Del-Greco

Senior Researcher

Sam is a senior software developer in IMR with over 10 years’ experience in producing bespoke and commercial software for a range of uses, including within the financial and big-data sectors. Having worked with start-ups through to large multinationals, he has gained experience on a wide range of languages and platforms, from internal secure single-entry-point databases to large multi-component cloud solutions. Sam is currently leading teams designing and developing software for data aggregation, storage, analysis and visualisation through to process driven optimisation algorithms.

Gina Horan

Financial Accountant

Gina joined IMR as our Financial Accountant. Gina was admitted as a member of The Institute of Certified Public Accountants in 2001. She has gained extensive audit and financial experience working between private practice and industry across numerous business sectors. Gina is responsible for the finance function of the company including financial analysis in such areas as forecasting, budgeting and engaging in cost reduction analysis.

Louise Kelly

Marketing Coordinator

Louise joined Irish Manufacturing Research as Marketing Coordinator.  Louise has over 15 years’ experience in sales and marketing roles in public and private sector organisations.  Louise holds a BA in Business Management and a Diploma in Digital Marketing.

Louise leads the marketing function within IMR. In this role, she has been successful in leading a variety of projects including the organisation’s rebrand and website relaunch. Her role also gives her the opportunity to assist in managing territories and creating event and training materials.

Melanie Horkan

Office Manager

Melanie joined IMR as our Office Manager in 2015.  Prior to joining IMR, Melanie has worked in both SME and multinationals companies. She has gained broad experience across numerous business sectors. Melanie is responsible for IMR’s office, managing & leading the team including the HR, Finance & Administration functions. Melanie holds qualifications in Business Studies. Event Management and Public Relations and has a CIPD qualification in Human Resource Management. She is currently studying a BA Hons in HRM Strategy and Practice.

Sabine Giron

Junior Research Engineer

Sabine is a Junior Research Engineer in Collaborative Robotics at IMR. With a double degree from Mines Douai Institute and Cranfield University, Sabine has a wide range of skills in optimisation and automation of industrial processes and in robotics. She has experience in efficiency improvement of production lines in the Consumer Goods Sector and carried out various robotics projects for multiple applications. Sabine’s research is focused on collaborative robotics and flexible automation for manufacturing purposes.

Dr. Mousbah Barake

Senior Analytics Researcher

Mousbah is an algorithm designer and developer who has many years of Experience solving optimization problems using mathematical modelling, approximate algorithms, and graph theory. Mousbah has an M.Sc. in Computing and Applied mathematics and a PhD in Operations Research from the University of East Anglia. Mousbah has designed and developed algorithms for Kidney Matching at the Canadian Blood Services, designed heuristics for fibre optics topology layout and worked on classical problems such as the Graph Bisection and the Multi-Dimensional Knapsack problem.

Niranjan Shankar

UI Developer

Niranjan is a UI Developer with IMR. Niranjan is from India and has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from University College Dublin, Ireland. He has over 2 years’ experience in developing front end applications in multinational corporations. He is currently engaged in developing the UI for WKS application.

Timmy McCarthy

Energy Research Engineer

Timmy is an energy research engineer with IMR and is currently working as an embedded research engineer with Boston Scientific Galway. Timmy has worked across a number of industries including Food, Agri, Med Tech and the public sector with roles in environment, utilities, facilities and energy. Timmy has a B.Sc. in Energy from the University of Limerick. Timmy is a Certified Energy Manager and is experienced in ISO 50001, ISO 140001, EED and IPMVP. Timmy is currently studying a MEng in Industrial Engineering.

Mark Hartnett

Additive Research Engineer

Mark is a Research Engineer working with the Additive Manufacturing Team. He is looking at how companies in Ireland can integrate Additive Manufacturing into their existing and future product lines. Mark has recently received a B.Eng in Manufacturing and Design Engineering from DIT with his interests and experience lying in engineering design and optimisation.

Aisling Mullally

Adminstration Assistant

Aisling joined Irish Manufacturing Research as office administrator this year. She has over ten years’ experience working as an office and warehouse administrator in Large Multinational companies. Aisling is responsible for organising on-site meetings and administration for the office.