Can't believe this is the second last day already of I'm a Scientist!! :(
1992-2000 Kilkenny School Project, Kilkenny; 2000-2006 Loreto Secondary School, Kilkenny; 2006-2010 Maynooth University; 2010-2014 Dublin Institute of Technology
B.Sc. Physics with Astrophysics, Ph.D. in Physics
Hotel Kilkenny, Optrace Ltd, Dublin Institute of Technology
Postdoc Research Scientist
Centre for Industrial and Engineering Optics, Dublin Institute of Technology
Favourite thing to do in science: Definitely talking about cool science-y things with other people and trying to answer questions like will we ever discover aliens, when in the future will we be able to have robot best friends, or if time travel is really possible!
Physics was always my favourite subject in school, and it’s awesome that I get to work in an optics lab every day!
I’m a 28 year old Research Scientist and I work in Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). I work in an optics lab, which means I get to spend my days playing with lasers, mirrors and lenses. At the minute I’m working on making holograms which will change their colour if there are dangerous gases present in the air, like carbon monoxide, or if drinking water is contaminated. Hopefully one day, people can use these holograms all over the world, especially in places where air and water pollution is a big problem.
I live in Dublin with my soon-to-be husband Luke, but I’m originally from Kilkenny. Apart from science and research, my main hobbies include listening to new music, playing the ukulele, reading, and watching the Harry Potter and the Lord of the Ring movies on repeat, they never get old!
I make holograms which can tell us if water or air is polluted.
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My Typical Day
I spend most of my day in the lab using lasers and making holograms, as well as reading about all the new scientific developments that are happening.
What I'd do with the money
I would buy equipment that can be used to show students how holograms are made and how they work.
If I am lucky enough to win the prize money, I would buy equipment that can be taken around to different schools to show students in person all the cool things you can do with optics, including how holograms are made. I am involved with several optics and physics societies in Dublin Institute of Technology, including the Optics Society of America, and they would love to help me with this.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Friendly, Dedicated, Honest
Who is your favourite singer or band?
James Vincent McMorrow, he’s an Irish singer-songwriter who is going to be HUGE
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Travelled around India
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I used to talk a lot in class, but I think the teachers still liked me!
What was your favourite subject at school?
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Invented something new, so now I can officially call myself an “Inventor”, which sounds cool
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
My primary school science teacher Ms Tynan
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
A journalist, probably writing about science!
Tell us a joke.
How do trees get on the internet? They LOG in!