Drinking coffee and listening to classical music while updating my profile!
Oatlands Secondary School (Leaving Certificate 2002)
2:1 Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering (2009), 1:1 Masters in Mechanical Engineering (2012), Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Engineering (2015)
Intern Engineer in Resource Analysis Department at OpenHydro (April - August 2013)
Oceanographic Engineer with TechWorks Marine (Sept 2013 - Present)
Favourite thing to do in engineering: Find problems and solve them
I am a Mechanical Engineer working in the Marine Science Industry. I design the physical part of systems that collect data about the sea.
I am from Dun Laoghaire in Dublin. I currently live in Co. Wicklow with my Fiancé Anna, who is from Latvia. We attend dance lessons weekly (Ballroom, Tango, Cha Cha Cha among others). I am also learning to speak Russian.
I am a Lifesaving Instructor and Treasurer of Monkstown Lifesaving Club (which I have been a member of since I was 3 years old). I teach lifesaving once a week to students from aged 5 to 105. My favourite part of lifesaving is Beach Lifesaving Sport and I run classes in the Summer for students aged 12 and up. Here is a picture of me with the blue racing board about to run into the sea at the start of the Board Race at the Mountbatton Beach Lifesaving Competition last Summer.
So I am very happy that I was able to merge my lifelong passion of being in the water with my career, working in the marine science industry.
In my spare time I play video games (One of my favourite is Minecraft) and board games (I especially like strategy games) with my brothers and friends. I also spend a lot time managing my Fantasy Premier League football team! I do need to get back into Surfing and Hiking/Camping…
Oceanographic Engineer - We measure the ocean!
As an Oceanographic Engineer I am mainly focused on the physical parts of the sea (waves, water flow speed and direction, water temperature, water clarity, creating maps of the bottom of the sea). It is different from a Marine Biologist who is mainly focused on marine life (dolphins, sharks, jellyfish, seaweed).
I work on a lot of different projects:
Dublin Port – Alexandra Basin Redevelopment (ABR) Project, to make it possible for larger ships to come into the harbour they are making the harbour deeper by using a giant hoover to suck up the sand and dirt at the bottom of the harbour into a boat. The boat then travels out in to Dublin Bay and dumps all the sand and dirt into the water. Our job is to monitor the environment at the dump site by measuring the amount of sand and dirt floating in the water. We get live data sent from our 4 buoys to our office every 15 minutes. If the levels of sand and dirt floating in the water get to high the Captain of the dredge ship automatically gets a text message telling him to stop dumping operations. My part of the project was to make sure all the computers, batteries, solar panels, antenna and scientific instruments fit on the buoy where they needed to go. Here is a photo of one of our buoys:
I also collected underwater video using our ROV, of a wastewater treatment plants outfall pipe in the sea to make sure that it was still functioning properly after years of operation. Here are some pictures I took of some of the rubbish and some of the marine life that was on the bottom of the estuary:
My Typical Day
As I work for a small company, I don't have a typical work day. Everyone in the company has to do a bit of everything!
What I'd do with the money
I would use the money to donate 3D Printers and 3D printing filament (plastic) to a local school or library.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Honest, strategic, logical
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Watching the Sun rise over the Cliffs of Moher from a boat in the water below was fairly epic
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
I suppose that I was always interested in drawing and designing things so I applied for college courses that involved drawing and designing, and I ended up with Mechanical Engineering, which I am really happy about now!
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
A lot - mostly in Primary School
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Secondary School Maths/Physics/Computer Teacher or a Swimming Teacher
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Depends on my mood, can range from Punk Rock (Paramore) to Classical (Grieg). I really like how classical music tells a story, it's beautiful, have a listen to Flight of the Bumblebee!
What's your favourite food?
Chicken Curry with Fried Rice
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Catching Waves! Going to the new Volcano Bay water park in Universal Studios Florida.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Be happy, raise a family and contribute something useful to humanity
Tell us a joke.
To the optimist, the glass is half-full. To the pessimist, the glass is half-empty. To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.