WITS is a voluntary organisation and is operated in accordance with the association's rules.Each year at the AGM an executive is elected as per the rules and they are tasked with running the organisation on a day-to-day basis.
Michael D. Higgins
President of Ireland
Chair: Julie Hogan
Vice-Chair: Dr Lara Cutlar
Treasurer: Dr Marie Barrett
Secretary: Dr Rebecca O'Neill
EXECUTIVE MEMBERS (see below for details)
Dr Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain
Dr Marion Palmer
Magaly Mora (Cork)
Sandra Riordan (Galway)
WITS is primarily funded by corporate and individual members subscriptions. Funding has been received from the EU and the Irish Government for specific projects.
Julie Hogan has been elected Chair of WITS for 2018-2019. She studied Electronics Engineering in NIHE Limerick, and has been working in R&D for the past 26 years in Ireland and abroad.
Currently, she runs a small R&D team in Memjet Ireland, Dublin, with a team of 13 scientists and engineers (4 of whom are women) working on digital print engine controller design and MEMS printhead design. Her current role combines technical, project management and management responsibilities, and she has previously worked in all three areas at different times for ARM in Cambridge, ParthusCeva in Dublin, Silicon and Software Systems (S3) in Dublin and AT&T in Bray with secondments to the Netherlands and Australia.
Dr. Marie Barrett completed her PhD in Plant molecular biology in UCC and partly at the University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris. After completing her research Marie held several positions in the biotech/pharma industry as a technical sales specialist focusing in endotoxin texting and more recently as a validation engineer for a large multinational.
Marie is also a qualified Montessori teacher and has volunteered her time introducing the under 5's to maths and science to explore the world around them. She is a WITS Executive member and Treasurer since December 2014.
Dr Lara Cutlar is Vice-Chair of WITS. She completed her PhD at UCD in the summer of 2015, and is continuing that work on a non-viral gene therapy for a terrible skin fragility condition, called Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa (RDEB).
She is project manager at Amryt Pharma and often found at University College Dublin as a visiting researcher. She tweets at @cuttyla.
Dr Rebecca O'Neill is the Project Coordinator for Wikimedia Community Ireland. A large portion of her work focuses on improving and strengthening the representation of women on Wikipedia. Having worked in the Natural History Museum for a number of years, she has a particular interest in the history of science and technology in Ireland.
She serves on the National Committee for Commemorative Plaques for Science and Technology for WITS, focusing on the representation of women as well as the Committee's online presence
Dr Marion Palmer is an experienced academic and higher education manager, former WITS Chair and a long-term member of the Executive Committee of WITS. She was head of the Department of Technology and Psychology at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT).
Her research interests are teaching, assessment and technology enhanced learning. Prior to joining IADT Marion was a science teacher and also worked in curriculum development. Marion joined Women in Technology and Science (WITS) at its inception in 1990, was chair 2013-2016 and is now a member of the Executive. Marion tweets @marionjpalmer.
Magaly V. Mora is a quality professional with experience in manufacturing and validations environments of electronic products and medical devices and a member of the Executive Committee of WITS. She studied Electronics and Communications Engineering and a Master of Science with specialisation in Quality Systems and Productivity in Mexico (ITESM).
Magaly is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and an ISO Internal Auditor. Magaly is interested in volunteering causes related to education. She is a link creator who enjoys meeting new people and working with multidisciplinary teams. She is a WITS member since October 2016 and she is interested to know more STEM women. Magaly tweets @MagalyVarinia
Dr Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain is an Assistant Professor in the UCD School of Mathematics & Statistics and a member of the Executive Committee of WITS. A graduate of Theoretical Physics from UCD, Aoibhinn taught Mathematics, Physics, Applied Mathematics & Science at second level before commencing her PhD in Trinity College Dublin.
As a science communicator, she actively promotes science and presents RTE's flagship science programme '10 things to know about...' She is director of the Maths Sparks outreach programme at UCD.
Lisa Cavern is an IT professional and Business Analyst with Version 1, where she helps clients maximise the business benefits of technology projects.
Before moving into the IT sector, Lisa worked in science and maths education, and later in the community sector. Lisa loves learning and sharing the why and how of the world around us and is passionate about promoting equality in the sciences and technology.
Laura is a PhD student in Trinity College Dublin studying the first stellar explosions and their progenitors as an awardee of the IRC postgraduate research award. Laura is also and a member of the Executive Committee of WITS. A Naughton scholar and graduate of TCD in Physics and Astrophysics, Laura is passionate about her research having completed her final year project studying binary stars, as well as a placement in Nottingham Trent University in Imaging and Sensing for Art Conservation and History.
She has a great interest in outreach and knowledge sharing, having been involved in projects such as City of Physics and volunteering with TCD Physics helproom, in addition to her work with WITS.
Susan Treacy is a Business Consultant specialising in healthcare and owner of Treacy Healthcare Consulting. Since completing her Masters in Medicine (Biomed. Sci.) in 1998 at Queen’s University she has worked in Pathology laboratories in Ireland and Australia. She then moved into the business aspect of diagnostics, holding roles in Application Support, Sales and Marketing, Management and Directorship.
In early 2016 she founded Treacy Healthcare Consulting and provides healthcare businesses and laboratories with a number of services including operational and strategic advice, business development requirements and the establishment of distribution networks specific to life sciences. She has a particular passion for finding solutions through innovation and collaboration, which will ultimately benefit the system and the patient. She works with WITS (Women in Technology and Science) to help encourage and support women to realise the many avenues and opportunities that Science and Engineering can offer. Susan can be followed at Susan Treacy on LinkedIN or Twitter or contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at via her website www.thconsulting.ie
Sinéad recently completed a BSc. (Hons) in Genetics from UCD and is currently working as a data scientist, primarily focusing on data analytics and machine learning. She hopes to combine the fields of data science and genetics in the future and work in the field of bioinformatics, specifically in rare disease research.
Sinéad is passionate about increasing the female representation in all areas of STEM, particularly in the technology sector. She first joined WITS as a student member in 2015 and is eager to get involved further now that she is a member of the executive.