Meet the Team

Discover the people that make the PEM Centre
what it is. We work with the highly experienced lecturing and technical staff across ATU Sligo to provide solutions to Industry problems

Meet the Team

Discover the people that make the PEM Centre
what it is. We work with the highly experienced lecturing and technical staff across ATU Sligo to provide solutions to Industry problems

THE TEAM

The PEM Centre Team have a strong history of conducting applied research. We have completed over one hundred industry projects, securing over €12 million in competitive research funding (over €1 million of which was contributed directly from industry) and filed four patent applications (two granted and two pending). Equally our academic track record is exemplary with two hundred peer reviewed publications and supervision of Masters and PhD students.

In addition to the staff listed below, we work with the highly experienced lecturing and technical staff across ATU Sligo to provide solutions to Industry problems.

Primary Contacts

Dr Russell Macpherson

PEM Technology Gateway Manager
Area of Expertise: Manufacturing, Productivity, AI, Research and Development, Innovation & New Product Introduction
Email: macpherson.russell@itsligo.ie

Clíodhna Carroll

PEM Technology Gateway Business Development Lead
Email:
carroll.cliodhna@itsligo.ie

Mark McLoughlin

PEM Technology Gateway Research & Development Engineer
Area of Expertise:
Precision Engineering & Design
Email: mcloughlin.mark@itsligo.ie

PEM Research Centre and Academic Staff

Dr. David Tormey

PEM Academic Director
Area of Expertise: Design and Manufacturing Engineering

Dr. Marion McAfee

PEM Principal Investigator
Area of Expertise: Process Monitoring, Modelling and Control

Dr. John Donovan

PEM Principal Investigator
Area of Expertise: Statistical Process Modelling

Dr. Richard Sherlock

PEM Principal Investigator
Area of Expertise: Laser Spectroscopy

Prof. Suresh Pillai

PEM Principal Investigator
Area of Expertise: Nano Material and Technologies

Prof. Leo Creedon

PEM Principal Investigator
Area of Expertise: Mathematical Modelling

Dr. Gerard McGranaghan

PEM Principal Investigator
Area of Expertise:Heat Transfer, Manufacturing Engineering

Dr. Ioannis Manolakis

PEM Principal Investigator
Area of Expertise: Polymers & Composites/Coatings, Bio-inspired Materials

Brian Coll

PEM Principal Investigator
Area of Expertise: Lean Six Sigma, Quality & Operational Excellence

Dr. Xavier Velay

PEM Principal investigator/HoD of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Area of Expertise: Design for Industry, Engineering Management, Industry 4.0, and the Circular Economy

Dr. Waqas Saleem

PEM Principal Investigator
Area of Expertise: Solid mechanics, precision machining and simulation, mechanical design optimisation

Dr. Saritha Unnikrishnan

PEM Principal Investigator
Lecturer in the Department of Computing & Electronics

Area of Expertise: Computational Modelling

Dr Umar Khan

PEM Principal Investigator
Area of Expertise: Thin Films, Polymer Composites, Graphene, Materials Science, and Nanoparticles

Dr Mary Garvey

PEM Principal Investigator
Lecturer in the Department of Computing & Electronics

Area of Expertise: Toxicology, Microbiology & Veterinary Science

Dr. Sarah Hehir

PEM Principal Investigator
PEM Researcher/Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Life Sciences

Area of Expertise: Organic Synthesis/ Polymer Chemistry

Dr. Ailish Breen

PEM Principal Investigator
Area of Expertise: Drug & Gene Delivery, Tissue Engineering and Medical Devices

Dr. Konrad Mulrennan

PEM Researcher
Area of Expertise: Machine learning & Data analytics

Dr. Douglas Marques

PEM Researcher / Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Mechatronic Engineering
Area of Expertise: Polymers Processing, Biomaterials Science, Medical Devices & Tissue Engineering

Dr. Muhammad Mahmood Ali

Assistant Lecturer in Department of Computing and Electronic Engineering.
PEM Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Area of Expertise: Photonic Engineering, Electronic Engineering & Laser Welding and Manufacturing

Dr Aoife Hegarty

PEM Researcher
Area of Expertise: Mechanical Engineering, Ocean Observation Technologies

Dr. Kieran Hughes

PEM Researcher
Mathematical Modelling Research Group

Area of Expertise: Mathematical Modelling; Mathematical Programming; and Computational Algebra

Christopher O'Hara

PEM Researcher
Area of Expertise: Mechanical Engineering, Design for manufacture, Project Engineering

PhD Students

Foram Dave

PEM PhD Student Researcher
Area of Expertise: Laser Transmission Welding and Polymer Characterisation

Jamie Grant

PEM PhD Student Researcher
Area of Expertise: Forensic Investigation and Analysis

Mohamad Awad

PEM PhD Student Researcher
Area of Expertise:
Process Engineering, Production Scheduling and Optimisation, Manufacturing Engineering

Albert Weinert

PEM PhD Student Researcher
Area of Expertise: Sensorisation of 3D printed injection moulding tooling

Usaid Azhar

PEM Technology Gateway Business Development Lead
Area of Expertise:
Materials Synthesis & Characterisation (Bio-Ceramics, Bio-Inspired Polymers, Composites)

Mohammadreza Kadivar

PEM PhD Student Researcher
Area of Expertise:
Additive manufacture enhanced heat transfer surfaces

Mandana Kariminejad

PEM PhD Student Researcher
Area of Expertise: Wireless sensing & sensorization of injection molding for prediction and control of part quality

Nimra Munir

PEM PhD Student Researcher
Area of Expertise:
Polymer and drug processing and characterisation, machine learning and data analysis

Hamail Ayaz

PEM PhD Student Researcher
Area of Expertise:
Image Processing, Computer Vision, AI, Biomedical Imaging, Data analysis and, Machine and Deep learnings

Fearghus Downes

PEM PhD Student Researcher
Area of Expertise: Mathematical Modelling

Nishanth Thomas

PEM PhD Student Researcher
Area of Expertise:
Nanomaterial synthesis and its sustainable applications)

Parnia Fourouzandeh

PEM PhD Student Researcher
Area of Expertise: Additive manufacture enhanced heat transfer surfaces

Snehamol Mathew

PEM PhD Student Researcher
Area of Expertise: Nanomaterials for energy and environmental applications

Arghadyuti Banerjee

PEM PhD Student Researcher
Area of Expertise:
Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems.

Amit Goswami

PEM PhD Student Researcher
Area of Expertise:
Surfaces for enhanced heat transfer, advanced manufacturing technology, Coating technology

Ryan Walden

PEM PhD Student Researcher
Area of Expertise: Analytical chemistry, 2D nanomaterial composites

Keerthi M. Nair

PEM PhD Student Researcher
Area of Expertise:
Nanomaterials synthesis and its environmental and energy applications

Zainab Saleem

PEM PhD Student Researcher
Area of Expertise: Computer Vision (Image Processing with Machine Learning and Deep Learning) and Robot Operating System