Gerry Byrne


Gerry Byrne

Professor Gerry Byrne is one of Ireland’s most senior international engineers and has been actively involved in applied R&D and Innovation for over 30 years.  A brief overview of his positions and accomplishments:

  • Former College Principal for Engineering and Architecture and Dean of Engineering at University College Dublin
  • Senior Advisor to the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the worldwide leading applied research organisation
  • Expert on the Irish Revenue Panel for R&D Tax Credits and also on the Research, Development and Innovation Board of Enterprise Ireland (RTI)
  • Member of high level commission responsible for overseeing the Excellence University Initiative in Germany which distributed  €4.5billion in research funding for the coming 5 year period
  • Awarded the Fraunhofer Taler Medal for his outstanding international contribution to applied R&D and Innovation

Aisling Malone

R&D Consultant

Aisling Malone
  • Technology innovation and food manufacturing practices and systems
  • Change management and project management
  • Leading, managing and coaching teams, including high performing team management
  • Business commercials and product commercialisation through systematic R&D processes
  • Broad experience working with external academic and regulatory bodies and internal cross functional teams to assess, sell into the business, deliver viable NPD and manufacturing processes
  • Lean manufacturing and customer manufacturing systems
  • Problem solving, risk assessment and root cause analysis techniques
  • R&D tax credit landscape and application processes

Fiona Sammler

R&D Consultant

Fiona Sammler
  • Professor of Manufacturing and Technical Fundamentals and University of Applied Sciences Berlin, PhD in manufacturing technology from the Technical University Berlin
  • 10 years experience in the German and European RD&I ecosystem, both at universities (fundamental R&D) and the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (applied RD&I)
  • Expert in R&D funding on national and international levels
  • Experience in leading large project consortia in RD&I projects

David Byrne

Business Development

  • UCD Commerce International graduate specialising in the field of finance
  • Strategic roadmapping/product roadmapping linked to financial projections
  • Product lifecycle management from conceptualisation
  • Funding and grants proposals/reporting
  • R&D tax credit reporting

Caoilte Cahill

Creativity developer & digital content producer

Caoilte Cahill
  • DIT Film & Broadcasting graduate specialised in video and audio production, screenwriting and motion graphics
  • Creative content development, digital media production and idea flow facilitation
  • Research and writing support
  • Administrative, marketing and online support

Gisela Byrne

Administrative support & controlling

Gisela Byrne
  • Masters of Education, Queen's University
  • Over 20 years experience in sourcing of literature and databases in academic library settings
  • Referencing to current standards
  • Online learning

Garret O'Donnell

R&D Consultant

  • Professor of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Research in advanced manufacturing technology, process monitoring, sensing, control of HPC operations
  • Experience with biomedical, automotive and aeronautical industries
  • Associate member of the International Academy of Production Engineering (CIRP)

Sarah Brady

Customer Development

  • BSc in Applied Physics and Electronics from the National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Delivers profitable growth and value-added client-focused solutions to enterprise accounts in the automotive, semiconductor, medical, oil and gas and academic sectors
  • Cultivates excellent trusted adviser relations across all levels and cultures
  • Adept at navigating obstacles and connecting with stakeholders to deliver cost-effective and efficient solutions that meet client needs
  • 14 years international leadership in business development, consultative sales and strategic partnership creation


Phil Meagher

R&D Consultant

  • Mechanical engineer with broad-based experimental Research, Development, and Innovation experience in the European aerospace and materials science fields
  • Established track record towards delivery of high-value time- & mission-critical projects and components
  • International project management, bridging the divide between academia and industry
  • Strong track record in technical writing and funding proposal preparation


Martin Curley

R&D Consultant

  • Highly experienced R&D manager
  • Previously Vice-President at Intel Corporation/GM of Intel Labs Europe
  • Led Intel's research and innovation engagement with the European Commission
  • Held management and research positions with General Electric in Ireland and Philips Electronics in the Netherlands



Pat Scanlan

Software Development

  • Over 30 years of commercial experience in research and development and innovation primarily in the telecommunications and software industry
  • BSc in Applied Mathematics, University of Limerick, 1984, and
    MSc in Technology Management, UCD, Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School 2000
  • Has worked for several leading multinationals as well as start-ups, in roles varying from software and systems engineering to systems and product management
  • Senior Member of IEEE