Mark Barrett
BE Chemical Engineering 2005, PhD Chemical Engineering 2008

Current Employer: APC Ltd
Mark’s interest in the application of chemistry and maths to solve globally relevant issues led him to study Chemical Engineering at UCD, followed by a PhD and Postdoctoral studies in Pharmaceutical Process Engineering. After a period in industry, Mark collaborated further with UCD’s Prof Brian Glennon to found APC Ltd, a pharmaceutical R&D company. APC, through the application of cutting-edge technology and chemical engineering principles, helps accelerate the development and launch of new medicines.


Laura Brock
MRUP Regional & Urban Planning 2003

Current Employer: Brock McClure Planning and Development Consultants
Laura graduated from UCD with a Masters in Regional and Urban Planning. She is a founding partner of Brock McClure Planning Consultants, a practice which is involved in the re-development of a number of high-profile sites across the country. Brock McClure has particular expertise in large scale ‘fast track’ residential development, and also provides commercially focused planning advice on a number of hotel, office and industrial projects.

Martina Caplice
BA Landscape Architecture 2008, MSc Environmental Science 2009, MAgrSc Agriculture & Food Science 2012

Current Employer: UCD
After graduating from her bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture, Martina went on to receive a Master of Science, followed by a Research Master’s in Agricultural Science. Since then Martina has worked in ecological roles in Ireland, England, North America, and Kenya. Now, as a Technical Officer for fieldwork in the UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science, Martina shares her enthusiasm for ecology with undergraduate and postgraduate students. 

Dhanashree Gokhale
ME Biomedical Engineering 2016

Current Employer: Health Products Regulatory Authority, Ireland
Upon completion of her Biomedical Engineering Masters, Dhanashree returned to work with the Health Products Regulatory Authority, Ireland (HPRA) where she had previously interned as part of the requirements for her Masters. Dhanashree began her career with the HPRA as a Scientific Officer in 2016 and has recently taken on the role of a Technology Group Lead, where her team is responsible for the regulation of interventional cardiology, surgical and orthopaedic devices among others. UCD helped Dhanashree adjust as an international student and gave her the confidence to meet the challenging requirements of her day job.

Eimear Heaslip
BSc Architectural Science 2003, BArch (Hons) 2007

Current Employer: National University of Ireland, Galway
Eimear is a lecturer in the School of Geography at NUI Galway. She completed her BArch in UCD in 2007 before returning to her studies in 2012 to complete an MSc in Environmental systems in GMIT. Eimear received the GMIT “President’s Forty Year Scholarship” to undertake a funded PhD which was transdisciplinary—fusing social scientific and engineering techniques to develop a technical energy plan. Eimear's expertise is in social scientific approaches to sustainable transitions, specialising in participatory democracy and collaborative community planning. She has been an invited speaker both in Ireland and internationally.

Liam Madden
BE Electronic Engineering 1979

Current Employer: Xilinx
After moving to the US in 1981, Liam held leadership positions at Digital Equipment Corp (DEC), SGI/MIPS, Microsoft, AMD and Xilinx. He contributed to a range of chip products including DEC Alpha, StrongARM and Microsoft XBOX. Liam attributes his ability to adapt to ever changing technology to the great education he received at UCD. Liam still stays connected to the College through the James G. Lacy Award for Master of Engineering projects and he was honoured to be an Adjunct Professor from 2013 to 2018.


Dervilla Mitchell
BE Civil Engineering 1980

Current Employer: OVE Arup & Partners
Dervilla began her career at Arup Dublin as a structural engineer before moving to Massachusetts with Weidlinger Associates for two years before returning to Arup’s head office in London. Dervilla spent the next 10 years honing her project management skills and working on increasingly complex engineering challenges. The aviation sector has played a significant role in Dervilla’s career, as she led the Arup team at Terminal 5 Heathrow as well as T2 Dublin and now Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal. Dervilla now sits on Arup’s Group Board and is Chair of the UK, India, Middle East & Africa Region with responsibility for around 5,500 people.

Julie Motherway
ME Mechanical Engineering 2006, PhD Mechanical Engineering 2012

Current Employer: Stryker
Julie joined Stryker in 2011 after completing her PhD in Mechanical Engineering in UCD. In her time with Stryker she focused on new product development. Julie has held a range of roles including Design Engineer, R&D Program Management and R&D Manager. She has had the opportunity to work with and manage global teams and to work with healthcare practitioners to develop solutions to solve their unmet clinical needs.


Michael O’Dwyer
BE Agriculture & Food Engineering 2004, Certificate in Safety and Health at Work 2008, EMBA 2015

Current Employer: SwiftComply
Michael (Mick) is the founding CEO of SwiftComply, a venture-backed software company that helps water authorities manage their compliance programs. Mick graduated from UCD in 2004 and had a brief stint in Diageo, before joining Dublin City Council as a graduate engineer in the wastewater dept. In 2013 he joined a boutique environmental consulting firm as Managing Director and completed an Executive MBA at UCD's Michael Smurfit graduate business school in 2015. Mick lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his family.

David Regan
BE Civil Engineering 1985

Current Employer: Accenture
As Accenture's global lead for the revenue industry, David works with taxation authorities around the world to improve tax compliance and enhance services for citizens and business chiefly by the application of new technology. Post-graduation David spent his first 2 years as a volunteer engineer with Concern in Ethiopia, after which he completed the MSc in IT and joined Accenture. Engineering provided David with the skills base in technology as well as in logical thinking.

Sara Smyth
BE Agriculture & Food Engineering 1997, MEngSc Agriculture & Food Science 1999

Current Employer: Greenstar
Sarah’s engineering degrees from UCD were the starting point of a 20 year career in the waste industry. Over that time she has worked in operations, project management and environmental compliance. It was while researching her masters that she made a contact which led to her first job and an introduction to the ever changing world of waste management. Sarah’s problem solving skills which were honed through her engineering studies have been put to good use running recycling plants and developing state of the art waste infrastructure.

Noelle Walsh
BE Chemical Engineering 1985

Current Employer: Microsoft
Noelle leads the Cloud Operations + Innovation organization at Microsoft, which is a large, cross-functional team that builds and operates Microsoft’s digital infrastructure – including data centres, fibre network and edge sites – and delivers technical and business model innovations that enable the entire digital infrastructure industry to grow more responsibly and sustainably. Previously, she spent over 25 years with the Dow Chemical Company, where she worked across multiple functions, geographies and businesses, including strategic realignment and performance improvement.


Ian Whelan
BE Mechanical Engineering 2008, PhD Mechanical Engineering 2013

Current Employer: Aston Martin
Ian’s time in UCD as both an undergraduate and postgraduate student set him up for his career in the Automotive Industry regarding both technical and project managerial aspects. He spent over 6 years in Ferrari, initially completing his PhD then focusing on performance development of both V8 and V12 engines before moving into the Innovation Department. Ian then moved to Aston Martin where he leads the Engine Development / Test Team.