Associate Researchers



Dr. Ger Kelly (PhD 1998, Senior Member IEEE) is Head of the Department of Mechanical Biomedical and Manufacturing Engineering at CIT.  Dr Kelly is an Associate Researcher at NIMBUS and member of Centre’s Smart Systems Integration Research Group.

His research is focused on the simulation of multiphysics phenomena associated with the packaging, miniaturisation of embedded sensors and is vice chair of the IEEE CPMT  technical committee on Thermal Management and Thermomechanical Design. He has been a lecturer and researcher in CIT since 2000 and previously held a position as a senior research scientist at the National Microelectronics research centre for 10 years (Tyndall National Institute).




Dr. Martin Hill (PhD 2007, Member IEEE) is an associate researcher in the Nimbus Centre for Embedded Systems Research at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and a lecturer in the Electronic engineering Dept. at CIT. His research interests are in the field of MEMS process development, MEMS device design and integration of MEMS in market-led applications.

His recent work has focussed on characterisation of the electromechanical properties of devices from new MEMS processes and the modelling of MEMS devices for design assessment and reliability optimisation. The main devices under consideration have been MEMS dynamic test structures and MEMS switches for RF and test equipment applications. The devices are modelled using CoventorWare, ANSYS and custom Matlab models which are verified using measured experimental data.

Martin has been a lecturer and researcher in CIT since 2002 and was previously a Senior Research Scientist at the Irish National Microelectronics Research Centre, now Tyndall National Institute, where he now acts as a visiting research fellow. He has published over 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences and is co-author of two international patents. His research interests are in the field of MEMS process development.

index Dr. Paul Walsh is an Associate Researcher in the Nimbus Centre for Embedded Systems Research at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT). He holds a Ph. D., M.Sc. and B.Sc. Hons in Computer Science from the National University of Ireland and has a long list of publications including outstanding paper awards. He was recently awarded distinction in Project Management Diploma and has consulted on a wide range of projects from start-up technology companies to managing international projects for entities such as Endress (€985 million turnover), SEFTec, Teagasc, Irish Naval Service, Cork University Hospital, Glanbia, QNB and the European Commission. He is funded under national and international research funding programs such as the EU FP7 where he oversees researcher in informatics, data fusion and machine learning. He has architected and project managed enterprise and mobile software systems, including 21 CFR Part 11 and GAMP compliant enterprise solutions for life science industry. He sits on the editorial board of the Landes Sciences Journal BioEngineered and is CTO for life science start-up NSilico,


Dr. Donna O’Shea (PhD 2007) is an associate researcher in Nimbus and Assistant Lecturer in Cloud Computing at Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland. Her research interests are in the area of software and services, service Management and systems and architectures for the Cloud. She is currently teaching a number of modules within the department of Computing including framework technologies such as Spring and networking subjects delivered to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Donna has extensive experience in the area of software development and the development of novel architectures and systems. Her PhD research focused on the development of a novel architecture entitled the Telecommunication Service Exchange (TSE). The idea was for the TSE to act as a broker, on behalf of network subscribers, to dynamically buy and sell services such as mobile calls and bandwidth on a per request basis outside of their contract. Following completion of her PhD she worked as a post doctorate researcher in the applied research centre called the TEC-Gateway from 2007 – 2008. From 2008-2013 she worked in IBM as a software developer mainly in the area of service management for telecommunications and cloud based applications.