Christopher O'Hara 

PEM Researcher

Manufacturing R&D project Engineer 

Christopher O'Hara

Christopher O’Hara is a Manufacturing R&D project Engineer with PEM research centre and I-Form.


Based in IT Sligo his current work is part of a research team working on the manufacture of sensorised smart injection mould cavities, fabricated by metal additive manufacturing (3D printing). The research focuses specifically on the design of conformal cooling channels and the inclusion of embedded sensors to be used for in-process and tool health monitoring during the injection moulding process.


He received his Masters’ degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast, and was the second recipient of the Max Rainey Prize for the best research project within the theme of ‘Polymers’, in the schools of mechanical, aerospace and product design engineering in 2015. He has also has obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Management at IT Sligo, and project management certification from IPMA.


Christopher has a range of industry experience working in the design and manufacturing sectors, from medical device design in DCA International to leading projects in process automation, new product introductions and continuous improvement projects in AbbVie and Abbott. More recently his work in Ward Automation involved project management, machine design and manufacture of automated equipment for medical device and pharmaceutical products. He was the Project Engineer for the automation equipment that won the manufacturing and design award in the 2020 Irish Times Innovation awards.


Experienced in a range of additive manufacturing processes, ultrasonic welding, laser processing technologies, picolitre dispensing technology and the application of robotics, vision systems and conveyance techniques to various manufacturing processes.


His main research interests are 3D printing and advanced manufacturing technologies, with a particular focus on design for manufacture within the med-tech sector. Other interests lie in sustainable manufacturing practices, innovation and the application of industry 4.0 technologies to production workflows and process simulation.