Athlone Institute of Technology
Cork Institute of Technology
Susan Rea is a principal investigator at the Nimbus Centre at 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 CIT.
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).
Dublin City University
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.
Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology
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. An advocate for promoting equality and gender balance awareness in education and career choice, Anne is extremely involved in the Athena SWAN process in IADT. She also organises initiatives for secondary school students to promote gender balance within STEM.
Dundalk Institute of Technology
Caroline Sheedy / Fiona Lawless
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
Valerie Butler is a lecturer at the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology 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 GMIT.
Institute of Technology, Carlow
Dr Keara Barrett is a lecturer and programme director at the Department of Computing at the Institute of Technology, Carlow 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.
Institute of Technology, Sligo
MTU – Kerry Campus
Cathryn Casey is a lecturer at MTU – Kerry Campus in the Department of Computing. She is an advocate for promotion of women in technology and is actively involved in EDI initiatives.
Letterkenny Institute of Technology
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 Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Ireland. 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 AnitaB.org Dublin which is the Irish chapter of AnitaB.
Limerick Institute of Technology
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.
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.
Technological University Dublin: Blanchardstown
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.
Technological University Dublin: City Centre
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.
Technological University Dublin: Tallaght
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.
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.
University College Cork
University College Dublin
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.
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.
University of Limerick
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 scratch.ie website, Scratch competition and conducts research into the rollout of the Junior Cycle Short Course in Coding and the Leaving Certificate Computer Science subject.
Waterford Institute of Technology
Robert (Rob) O’Connor is a computing lecturer in WIT 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.