St. Marks Primary and Secondary, Kevin St., Trinity and NUI Maynooth
H.Dip (Eng.), BSc (Eng.), Higher Diploma (Phy) and currently completing my PhD in Astrophysics.
I have worked for Engineering firms in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Industry.
Favourite thing to do in science: Look back in time to the origins of the universe.
My Work: Development of new telescopes for the European Space Agency
My two favourite pastimes are flying planes and snowboarding. On the science side I love Cosmology, specifically the Big Bang and the origins of the universe. I work with many other scientists, from Ireland and around the world, in the development of new types of telescopes. These can be used to tell us more about where the universe came from and what it was like in those early times after the Big Bang.
My Typical Day: Telescope design and simulation for the European Space Agency
My main job is the simulating of very specialised telescopes. Selected telescopes will be built and deployed at ground stations here on Earth as well as in space. The main aim is to see back to the origins of the universe. To find out what the structure was like and how the universe evolved. I am currently working on the detection of a new type of energy signature in the background radiation left from the Big Bang. This signature will enable us to determine more about what the universe was like in the beginning.
What I'd do with the money: Promotion of science in local schools
I would use the money to promote science in the local schools. When I was in school I didn’t know what I wanted to do, really I didn’t know all the things that I could do. I think through presentations from people that work in science can help greatly in this regard.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Snowboarding space trekkie
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
My first flight as a pilot. Taking off the first time was the best feeling in the world.
What did you want to be after you left school?
A pilot or Astronomer
Were you ever in trouble at school?
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What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Won a space mission competition for the Austrian Space Agency.
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
Brian May, Patrick Moore and Stephen Hawking
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Become a Red Bull Aerobatic Pilot, be an Astronaut and be a World Champion Snowboarder
Tell us a joke.
A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.
The images below (The oval ones). They are the images of a map of the universe as was known at the year below the image. The last one (of the Earth) shows what an image of the Earth would look like using the same projection.