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).

Tracey Mehigan


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.

Caroline Sheedy


Fiona Lawless

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.

Angela Allen


Angela Allen is a Senior Lecturer (Education) in the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Queen’s University Belfast.  She has been teaching a variety of topics on computer science pathways for 20+ years and is currently involved in capstone projects.   She has an interest in exploring assessment within higher education and promotion of gender balance in STEM, specifically Computer Science, to primary and post-primary pupils.  This has included work to support post-primary teachers delivering a computing curriculum.

Christopher Staff


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.

Keith Quille


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.

Martina Curran

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.

Laura Maye

Nowshaba Jeelani Wani


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.


Rob Brennan


Rob Brennan is an Assistant Professor in the school of Computer Science at UCD, a principal investigator of the SFI EMPOWER data governance spoke and a Funded Investigator in the SFI ADAPT  research centre. He studies knowledge graphs with interdisciplinary applications in risk and safety governance systems for health, AI, data protection and cybersecurity.



Josephine Griffith

John McCrae



Ita Richardson


Lilian Motti Ader


Dr Lilian G. Motti Ader is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at University of Limerick, affiliated to the Interaction Design Centre and Lero – SFI Research Centre for Software. Her core research interest is Human-Computer Interaction.


Shuai Zhang


Dr. Shuai Zhang is a Lecturer and the Athena Swan Champion in the School of Computing, Ulster University. She is a Senior Follow of HEA and the Course Director for MSc and PgCert AI, IoT and Computer Science programmes in the School. She is interested in embedding EDI and Sustainability in HE curriculum design. Her research expertise is on developing real-world solutions to interdisciplinary challenges through producing novel advanced computational methods. Her experience in multidisciplinary analytics has facilitated the expansion of her research domain to encompass commercial and customer service analytics with industry.

Michaela Black


Michaela Black, Professor at Ulster University, her career has seen her apply Artificial Intelligence and gamification to a wide range of domains including: telecoms, healthcare, finance, education and marketing with 60+ publications and securing £7M+ in pedagogic and research funding. Michaela has actively engaged in a wide range of IT projects securing funding from a wide range of funders. Michaela has just successfully coordinated an EU-funded project MIDAS* (Meaningful Integration of Data, Analytics and Services) 2016-2020. This 40-month project, secured €4.5m in funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme. It delivered Data Science hardware and software solutions to connect fragmented health data and enable policymakers across 4+ European countries to analysis data and enhance policies across a range of diverse topics such as: mental health, obesity, diabetes and looked after children, as well as sharing and ensuring uptake of excellent data access practices such as MIDAS Honest Broker Service. Michaela is a current co-director of the engage** technology, a stakeholder participation system, proven and effective platform for gaining participant input and key consensus on relevant topics using real-time digital technologies. engage has delivered successful engagements in partnership with organisations across government, industry, professional bodies, PPIs, NGOs and academia, on the island of Ireland and across Europe. This work has influenced topics such as Brexit, work force planning in Department of Health and Matrix NI Policy on Women in STEM. An active STEM ambassador, Michaela strives to encourage more women to join this field. Actively part of the Athena Swan (AS) team at UU to promote diversity and equality, and the School of Computing, Engineering and Intelligent Systems AS team which received a Bronze Award. In 2019 she secured£15K funding from EPSRC/University of Bath Inclusion Matters Scheme, to host a datathon which aimed to improve equality, diversity and inclusion within the engineering and physical sciences.
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