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.

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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

Finola Howe

PEM Technology Gateway Manager

Area of Expertise: Business Development,

Quality & Manufacturing

Email: howe.finola@itsligo.ie 

Brendan Flaherty

PEM Technology Gateway Business Development  Engineer

Area of Expertise: Mechanical Engineering

Email: flaherty.brendan@itsligo.ie 

Mark McLoughlin

PEM Technology Gateway Research & Development  Engineer

Area of Expertise: Precision Engineering & Design 

Email: mcloughlin.mark@itsligo.ie 

PEM Strategic 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

Dr. Konrad Mulrennan

PEM Researcher

Area of Expertise: Machine learning & Data analytics

Dr. Ioannis Manolakis

PEM Researcher

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

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. Vignesh Kumavarel

PEM Researcher

Area of Expertise: 

Nanomaterials for energy and environment

Saritha Unnikrishnan

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

Area of Expertise: Computational Modelling

Dr.  John Donovan

PEM Principal Investigator

Area of Expertise: Statistical Process Modelling

Prof. Leo Creedon

PEM Principal Investigator 

Area of Expertise: Mathematical Modelling

Dr. Gerard McGranaghan

PEM Researcher

Area of Expertise: Heat Transfer, Manufacturing Engineering

Dr.  Sarah Hehir

PEM Researcher/Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Life Sciences

Area of Expertise: Organic Synthesis/ Polymer Chemistry

PhD Students

Saoirse Dervin

PhD Student/ PEM Student Researcher

Area of Expertise: Forensic Investigation and Analysis

Priyanka Ganguly

PhD Student/ PEM Student Researcher

Area of Expertise:  Nanomaterial synthesis and characterisations, 

Photocatalysis

Ciara Byrne

PhD Student/ PEM Student Researcher

Area of Expertise: Forensic Investigation and Analysis

Foram Dave

PhD Student/ PEM Student Researcher

Area of Expertise: Laser Transmission Welding & Polymer Characterisation

Jamie Grant

PhD Student/ PEM Student Researcher

Area of Expertise: Forensic Investigation and Analysis

Mohamad Awad

PhD Student/ PEM Student Researcher.

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

Kris O'Dowd

PhD Student/ PEM Student Researcher

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

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