The PEM Centre Team

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 IT Sligo to provide solutions to Industry problems

Primary Contacts

PEM Technology Gateway Staff

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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

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Clíodhna Carroll

PEM Technology Gateway 

Business Development Lead

Email: carroll.cliodhna@itsligo.ie 

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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.  Richard Sherlock

PEM Principal Investigator

Area of Expertise: Laser Spectroscopy

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Dr. Gerard McGranaghan

PEM Principal Investigator

Area of Expertise: Heat Transfer, Manufacturing Engineering

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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

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Dr. Konrad Mulrennan

PEM Researcher

Area of Expertise: Machine learning & Data analytics

Aoife Hegarty

PEM Researcher

Area of Expertise: Mechanical Engineering, Ocean Observation Technologies

Dr.  Marion McAfee

PEM Principal Investigator

Area of Expertise: Process Monitoring, Modelling and Control

Prof.  Suresh Pillai

PEM Principal Investigator

Area of Expertise: Nano Material and Technologies

Dr. Ioannis Manolakis

PEM Principal Investigator

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

Dr. Waqas Saleem

PEM Principal Investigator

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

Dr. Vignesh Kumavarel

PEM Researcher

Area of Expertise: 

Nanomaterials for energy and environment

Dr. Muhammad Mahmood Ali 

PEM Post Doctoral Research Fellow

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

 

Dr.  John Donovan

PEM Principal Investigator

Area of Expertise: Statistical Process Modelling

Prof. Leo Creedon

PEM Principal Investigator 

Area of Expertise: Mathematical Modelling

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Brian Coll

PEM Principal Investigator

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

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Dr. Saritha Unnikrishnan

PEM Researcher/Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Computing & Electronics 

Area of Expertise: Computational Modelling

Dr.  Sarah Hehir

PEM Researcher/Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Life Sciences

Area of Expertise: Organic Synthesis/ Polymer Chemistry

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. Kieran Hughes 

PEM Researcher 

Mathematical Modelling Research Group

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

PhD Students

Foram Dave

PEM PhD Student Researcher

Area of Expertise: Laser Transmission Welding & Polymer Characterisation

Mohamad Awad

PEM PhD Student Researcher.

Area of Expertise: Process Engineering, Production Scheduling and Optimisation, Manufacturing Engineering

Usaid Azhar

PEM PhD Student Researcher

Area of Expertise:  Materials Synthesis & Characterisation (Bio-Ceramics, Bio-Inspired Polymers, Composites)

Nimra Munir

PEM PhD Student Researcher

Area of expertise: Polymer and drug processing and characterisation, machine learning and data analysis.

 

Nishanth Thomas

PEM PhD Student Researcher

Area of expertise: Nanomaterial synthesis and its sustainable applications

 

Arghadyuti Banerjee

PEM PhD Student Researcher

Area of expertise: Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems.

 

Priyanka Ganguly

PEM PhD Student Researcher

Area of Expertise:  Nanomaterial synthesis and characterisations, 

Photocatalysis

Kris O'Dowd

PEM PhD Student Researcher

Area of Expertise:  Forensic investigation and analysis with advanced oxidation process's (AOP's)

Mohammadreza Kadivar

PEM PhD Student Researcher

Area of Expertise: Additive manufacture enhanced heat transfer surfaces

 

Hamail Ayaz

PEM PhD Student Researcher

Area of expertise: Image Processing, Computer Vision, AI, Biomedical Imaging, Data analysis and, Machine and Deep learning.

 

Parnia Fourouzandeh

PEM PhD Student Researcher

Areas of Expertise: 2D material, Nanomaterial, Material science, Energy storage, Supercapacitor, Energy conversion, Perovskite solar cell, 2D material characterization.  

 

Amit Goswami

PEM PhD Student Researcher

Area of expertise: Surfaces for enhanced heat transfer, advanced manufacturing technology, Coating technology.

 

Jamie Grant

PEM PhD Student Researcher

Area of Expertise: Forensic Investigation and Analysis

Albert Weinert

PEM PhD Student Researcher

Area of Expertise:  Sensorisation of 3D printed injection moulding tooling

Mandana Kariminejad

PEM PhD Student Researcher

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

 

Fearghus Downes 

PEM PhD Student Researcher

Area of expertise: Mathematical Modelling

 

Snehamol Mathew

PEM PhD Student Researcher

Area of expertise: Nanomaterials for energy and environmental applications

 

Ryan Walden

PEM PhD Student Researcher

Area of expertise: Analytical chemistry2D nanomaterial composites

 

Keerthi Manikandan

PEM PhD Student Researcher

Area of expertise: Nanomaterials synthesis and its environmental and energy applications

 

Read how companies have worked with the PEM Technology Gateway team through our Testimonials & Case Studies.