Professor Lorraine Hanlon
Professor Lorraine Hanlon

Professor Lorraine Hanlon,
UCD School Of Physics

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Professor Hanlon’s research is focused on the areas of space science and astrophysics, with a particular emphasis on ground-based and space-based studies of gamma-ray bursts, the most powerful and distant sources in the universe.

Professor Hanlon’s research is focused on the areas of space science and astrophysics, with a particular emphasis on ground-based and space-based studies of gamma-ray bursts, the most powerful and distant sources in the universe.

She develops hardware and instrumentation for astrophysics, including robotic telescopes and novel materials for improved gamma-ray detection. Professor Hanlon also works on advanced techniques for gamma-ray focussing using Laue lenses. The latter two areas have potential medical applications which she also actively explores.

Between 1995 and 1996, Professor Hanlon was a Postdoctoral Fellow at UCD. She then went on to lecture at UCD from 1996 until 2005. In August 2004, Professor Hanlon was a visiting Scholar at the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Washington, and remained there until August 2005. She was Head of the UCD School of Physics from September 2008 until December 2011 and has been a Professor at UCD since 2014.

Professor Hanlon is a member of the UCD Space Science Group and is also scientific advisor to the Irish delegate of the ESA Science Programme Committee. She also serves as communications manager for the Irish Space Industry Group. This group was formed in 2015 with the idea of promoting Irish companies’ engagement with opportunities in the space sector and developing a small satellite programme for Ireland. She is co-founder and CEO of a university spin-out company called ‘Parameter Space’.

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Ireland’s space industry is on the rise, with 20-30 companies currently operating in the sector.

Ireland’s space industry is on the rise, with 20-30 companies currently operating in the sector.

Due to Ireland’s location strategic access is provided to Europe for US multinationals, such as Curtiss-Wright and Moog who have bases in Dublin and Cork.

Ireland is a long-standing member of ESA, with 70 companies participating in ESA contracts since 2000. Irish companies and researchers are involved in contracts for the Herschel and Planck Space Observatories, as well as the Rosetta mission, Solar Orbiter, Gaia and the James Webb Space Telescope.

The MSc in Space Science and Technology is ideal for any graduate of Science, Engineering, Computing or Mathematics who wants to apply their expertise in the Space sector. Students have a balanced curriculum of lectures, workshops, detector and satellite laboratories, and industry placements or research opportunities. They have unique access to senior industry practitioners in workshop sessions.

Modules are taught by a combination of highly experienced academic staff and senior industry practitioners to provide students with knowledge and skills which are highly relevant to recruitment needs.

Students are supported in organising an academic or industry placement.

Previous placements include NASA, ESA and Curtiss-Wright.

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