Valerie Butler


Valerie Butler is a lecturer at the Atlantic Technological University, Galway, in the Department of Computing and Applied Physics. She is the programme coordinator for the BSc (Honours) in Computing & Digital Media. Her areas of interest include computer graphics, game design & development and complex problem solving.  She is involved in promoting gender balance in Computing and is a member of the Athena Swan committee at ATU Galway.

Ruth Lennon

Ruth Lennon is the director of Craobh Technology Consulting providing personalised solutions to industry problems. Ruth has 20 years of experience as a lecturer in the Department of Computing in Atlantic Technological University, Letterkenny. Ruth research interests focus on large scale systems with particular focus on DevOps and Cloud technologies. She has been a member of many technical panels and committees including NSAI/TC 2/SC 11 on cloud and distributed systems, NSAI/TC 2/SC 2 on Software Engineering  and ISO/IEC JTC 1/AG 3 “Open Source Software”. Ruth is a member of the working group developing the P2675 DevOps standard.  Ruth’s goal in DevOps is to ensure that security and performance are seen as core to development projects just as it is in configuration projects. Ruth has worked on security projects in the area of applying DevOps to support Data Science. In addition, Ruth is a member of the ACM, ACM-W, IEEE, IEEE-WIE and a senior member of the IEEE Computer Society. Ruth is the Chair of the ACM-W Europe.  Ruth has worked for many years with the ACM-W and the IEEE UK&I WIE to improve the numbers of women in computing. Ruth is also currently the chair of the Dublin which is the Irish chapter of AnitaB.

Mary Loftus


Mary is a lecturer in the Dept. of Computing & Electronic Engineering at the Atlantic Technological University, Sligo Campus. She is currently in the final stages of a PhD program at NUI Galway, where she is researching ways of using Probabilistic Graphical Models and other Machine Learning approaches in Learning Analytics in order to improve student learning experiences. She also teaches on the Internet of Things, Design Thinking, Web Content Management modules (part of ATU Sligo’s BSc in Computing programs) and Programming for Big Data (part of MSc in Data Science).

Monica Ward

Monica Ward is the Assistant Head of Teaching and Learning in the School of Computing at Dublin City University.  She has extensive experience as a university lecturer in computing and is particularly interested in the use of technology in education.  She is a keen believer in authentic assessment and students as partners in assessment.  She has taught a range of subjects from technical computing modules to transversal skill modules, from first year undergraduate to postgrad and has lectured in Ireland, El Salvador and Saudi Arabia.  Her research interests include Computer Assisted Learning, Computer Assisted Language Learning and she is co-founding member and current chair of the Less Commonly Taught Languages Special Interest Group in EuroCALL.  She speaks Spanish, Japanese, French, Irish, Arabic and Nawat in decreasing order of fluency. research interests focus

Anne Wright 


Anne Wright is a lecturer in Creative Computing, specialising in Software Development, in particular mobile and web development. As a practice-based researcher and software development lead Anne’s projects involve working as a knowledge provider for companies as they explore innovative ideas and business opportunities. 

Anne is a key member of INGENIC, the Irish Network for Gender Equality in Computing.

An advocate for promoting equality and gender balance awareness in education and career choice, Anne Wright is extremely involved in the Athena SWAN process in IADT. She also organises initiatives for secondary school students to promote gender balance within STEM.

Louise Glynn


Louise Glynn is a graduate of MSc. Computer Science, UCD and BSc. (Hons) Multimedia Systems, IADT. She has taught in various Institutes and Colleges and has gained much project experience on a freelance/employee basis and through Enterprise Ireland Innovation voucher scheme. Other certifications include Cisco Certified DevNet, CCNA1, IT Essentials & Network Essentials Instructor.

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Rosemary Monahan


Dr Rosemary Monahan is an Associate Professor in the Dept of Computer Science, and a member of the Hamilton Institute, at Maynooth University. She holds BSc and MSc degrees from UCD and a PhD from DCU.  She specialises in the modelling, analysis and verification of software, exploiting a variety of techniques to model software systems to increase software reliability.  She is currently focused on verification and validation of automated systems’ safety and security in the Valu3s ESCEL JU project. She is also an investigator on a SFI Discover project which Introduces the Science of Problem-solving through Education in Computational Thinking (InSPECT) with the aim of increasing teacher, student, and parent interest and involvement in STEM subjects – especially in computer science.

Susan Rea

Susan Rea is a principal investigator at the Nimbus Centre at MTU (formerly the Cork Institute of Technology) where her current research interests focus on IoT & CPS, specifically embedded infrastructure management using distributed ledger technology for secure large scale next generation networks. Susan is an Athena Swan champion and advocate for the promotion of women in STEMM and is actively engaged with a wide network across the HEI sector to support her commitment to leading and advancing gender inequality in MTU.

Susan holds a PhD in Electronic Engineering from Cork Institute of Technology (2006), an MENG from Cork Institute of Technology (2001), MSc in Information Theory, Coding & Cryptography, University College Cork, (1999) and a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Engineering (Hons), Cork Institute of Technology (1998).

Cathryn Casey

Cathryn Casey is a lecturer at MTU – Kerry Campus in the Department of Computing, specialising in Software Development. She is an advocate for promotion of gender balance in computing and technology.

Cornelia Connolly


Dr Cornelia Connolly is a lecturer at the School of Education, National University of Ireland, Galway. Cornelia has a B.Eng. (Honours) in Computer Engineering, M.Eng. (Honours) through research and was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Limerick in educational technology, pedagogy and educational psychology.

Cornelia’s teaching and research interests centre principally on STEM education, with a particular emphasis on the Technology (T) aspect of STEM, Computer Science Education and Education Design Research.

Keara Barrett



Dr Keara Barrett is a lecturer and programme director at the Department of Computing at the South East Technological University, Carlow Campus, since 2007. She is also the department’s Athena SWAN project manager and a member of the Institute’s EDI committee. She is currently the coordinator of the Institute’s Cisco Networking Academy. Dr Barrett has a first-class honours B.Sc degree in Computer Networking and Software Development, from the Munster Technological University (MTU) (then Cork Institute of Technology) and a Ph.D. from TSSG, Waterford IT in 2009 for her work on a Framework for the Semantic Translation of Policy Language Concepts.

Robert O’Connor


Robert (Rob) O’Connor is a computing lecturer in SETU, Waterford, and is the programme leader for the BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing (WD001). Robert graduated with a degree in Computing from WIT in 1999. He then worked as a programmer for a number of organisations before returning to Waterford as a postgraduate student in 2002. He successfully completed an MSc by Research with the TSSG in 2004 and took up a full-time lecturing position with WIT in 2006. Since then, he has lectured at both undergraduate and postgraduate level on topics such as programming, digital media and computer science. Since 2018, Robert has produced and hosted a podcast The Machine, on which technical topics are discussed at a level suitable for novices. Robert’s specialist areas of interest include app development, audio/visual media and content production.

Orla McMahon


Orla McMahon is a lecturer in the school of Informatics and Engineering at Technological University Dublin Blanchardstown campus. Orla’s main area of teaching and research are Web Development and Software Engineering. She is actively involved with the YWIT (Young Women in Technology) project on the Blanchardstown campus which organizes events aimed at second level students to promote gender balance in computing and engineering.

Susan McKeever


Dr. Susan McKeever is a senior lecturer in the School of Computer Science at Technological University Dublin city campus. Her research interests are in the areas of machine learning and autonomous systems. She is actively involved in promoting gender balance awareness and initiatives in STEM at third level.

Sarah Jane Delany


Sarah Jane Delany is Professor of Inclusive Computer Science in the School of Computer Science at TU Dublin City campus. Her research interests are in machine learning with a focus on bias in natural language processing.  She is actively involved in promoting gender balance awareness and initiatives in STEM at third level.

Amanda O’Farrell


Amanda O’Farrell is a lecturer in the Department of Computing in TU Dublin – Tallaght campus. Her research interest is in the area of gender diversity in Computer Science in second and third level. Amanda is actively involved in promoting gender balance awareness and has founded the #BecomeAnITGirl initiative, which orgainises events aimed at second level students to promote diversity in computing.

Natasha Kiely

Natasha Kiely has been lecturing in Computer Progamming and Software Development based subjects for the past 20 years. She has delivered modules on programmes including B.Sc in Games Design and Development, Higher Diploma in Software Development and Software Design and Development. Her key areas of interest include Human Computer Interaction, Computing and Modern Culture and Software Engineering. She has worked in the areas of Learning Support and work placement for Computer Science and promotes the adoption of computer science at all levels of education.

In addition to her lecturing duties Natasha has presented at many educational conferences and technology events such as the MIT App Inventor Conference, the Computers in Education Society of Ireland annual conference, the Excited Digital Learning Festival, European Code Week and the LIT ICT in Education Conference.

Natasha has worked closely with local primary and secondary schools over many years to deliver workshops in coding and digital skills and other aspects of Computer Science. She is a member of the programme team which has resulted in the development of an M.Sc. in Computer Science for Teachers. She is actively involved in research projects including those for Science Foundation Ireland and Erasmus+. She is currently undertaking her PhD. Research in Computer Science Education Policy and Practice.

Paula Roberts


Paula Roberts is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Science & Statistics, Trinity College Dublin. She is actively involved in promoting Gender Equality in Computing.

Dr. Begüm Genç


Dr. Begüm Genç is a Post-doctoral researcher and a lecturer working in the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at the School of Computer Science and Information Technology, University College Cork. She contributes to various Horizon Europe projects including BRAINE, HumaneAI, and StairwAI. Her research interests span discrete optimisation, stable matching problems, constraint satisfaction, and responsible algorithm design with a focus on explanation and fairness notions. She is an advocate for increasing diversity in AI and an active member of Women in AI. She presents her research at many national and international venues, organises events, workshops towards reducing the gender gap in AI.


Barry O’Sullivan

Barry O’Sullivan holds the Chair in Constraint Programming at University College Cork in Ireland. He is the founding Director of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at UCC, Principal Investigator at the Confirm Centre for Smart Manufacturing, and Director of the Science Foundation Ireland’s Centre for Research Training in AI. He is an Adjunct Professor at Monash University, Australia. Professor O’Sullivan was vice chair of the European Commission High-Level Expert Group on AI and a scientific advisor to AI Watch, an initiative of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre tasked with monitoring the uptake of AI in Europe. He is an award-winning academic working in the fields of artificial intelligence, constraint programming, and operations research. He also works in AI and data ethics, as well as public policy-making related to AI. He has a keen interest in the commercialisation of AI and is involved in a number of startup companies. Professor O’Sullivan is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, a Fellow and a past President of the European AI Association, Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the Irish Computer Society, and Member of the Royal Irish Academy.

Catherine Mooney

Dr Catherine Mooney is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Science, University College Dublin. She has a particular interest in exploring the Sense of Belonging of undergraduate computer science students.

Vivek Nallur


Dr Vivek Nallur is an Assistant Professor at the School of Computer Science, at University College Dublin. His research interests are in Machine Ethics and Adaptive Autonomous Systems. He is also interested in ways of identifying systemic bias and how to get systems to move away from it.

Clare McInerney

Clare McInerney is the Education and Public Engagement (EPE) Manager for Lero – the Irish Software Research Centre, based at the University of Limerick. This role involves managing the Lero EPE programme and facilitating Lero researchers to engage with the general public on software. She also developed the website, Scratch competition and conducts research into the rollout of the Junior Cycle Short Course in Coding and the Leaving Certificate Computer Science subject.