John O'Callaghan – Biopic -


Nov 18, 2013 (3 years and 7 months ago)


MAREN Conference


12 April 2013

National University of Ireland, Galway

Speakers Biographies

Dr. Stuart Anderson

Stuart Anderson is a retired GP for the Towyn and Kinmel Bay area in Wales, most severely
affected by the 1990 Coastal Flood
Disaster. Before standing for Conwy in 1999, Stuart was an
advocate for floodplain resilience and development control policies and for SUSTRANS activities,
helping launch the Coastal Cycle Route and a £5m WG area package grant for integrated transport.
is interest in tidal energy was sparked in 2000 by helping American, Peter Ullman over ideas for a
tidal impoundment off the N Wales coast. His ideas later fed into the Atkins/Rolls
Royce SETS
study on a novel approach to two
way tidal range technology th
at dispenses with the need for
sluicing, and changes the preferred alignment for a Cardiff
Weston barrage. In 2008, at Professor
Falconer’s invitation, Stuart became the MAREN Project’s regional representative. From 2008
Stuart chaired Conwy’s Partner
ship Overview and Scrutiny Committee and is the current Chair. He
currently serves on the Steering Committee for the Irish Sea Maritime Forum.

Ms. Jacqueline Black

Jacqueline Black is the Marine Renewable Energy and the Environment Programme Leader for the
Environmental Research Institute in Caithness. MaREE is a £4m project which aims to develop an
integrated and holistic understanding of the environmental considera
tions surrounding marine
renewable energy initiatives in Scotland.

Her role requires building relationships with project developers, researchers, the supply
community and government agencies with an eye to facilitating renewable energy development
both lo
cally and nationally. The project has already won the Scottish Renewables Green Award
2011 for skills and training and the Energy North Pioneer Award 2011 for marine renewable

The growth of research expertise in the Highlands & Islands is vital

to underpin its growing key
sectors, with a major focus on marine renewables. She has been working with academic contacts
to develop a strong collaborative grouping in this sector to help accelerate the best possible
economic outcome of the region's coast
al resources.

Dr. Nicolas Desroy

PhD in benthic ecology: Benthic soft bottom communities of the Rance basin. Changes in
biodiversity and effects of the predatory activity of
Nephtys hombergii

(annelida, polychaeta) on
the recruitment (University of
Rennes, 1998).
Currently researcher at IFREMER since 2006 has a
background in benthic ecology: (1) description and changes of communities in megatidal seas,
including the Channel); (2) role in the trophic web (interactions with flatfish juveniles in estua
nurseries); (3) role of anthropogenic activities on changes of benthic ecosytems; (4) the definition
of benthic bio
indicators (in the context of the Water Framework Directive). Over the past, he was
University lecturer at the Marine Station of Wimere
ux (University of Lille, from 1999 to 2005) and
he has contributed to national projects and European projects addressing the long
term changes
of benthic communities in the Eastern Channel. He has published 32 articles in ISI Journals.


Between 1999 and 2005

University lecturer at the university of Lille I (marine Station of


Since 2006

Researcher at the environment and resource laboratory of Dinard

Department of Littoral Unit

Laboratoire Environnement &
Ressources Finistère

nord, Station de Dinard
38, rue du port blanc, BP 70134, 35801 DINARD (France)

Prof Roger Falconer, FRENG

Roger Falconer is Halcrow Professor of Water Management, Director of the Hydro
Research Centre and Le
ader of the Institute of Environment and Sustainability in the Cardiff School
of Engineering at Cardiff University. He was previously Professor of Water Engineering and Head of
the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Bradford. He graduated

from King’s
College, London (1973), completed an MSc at the University of Washington, USA (1974), and a PhD
at Imperial College, London (1976). He manages a range of research contracts on hydro
environmental modelling and has published over 350 papers and

technical reports in the field.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) and the Learned Society of Wales and
is currently President of the International Association for Hydro
Environment Engineering and
Research. He was recipient of t
he RAEng’s Silver Medal (1999) and the ICE’s Telford Premium
(1994) and he was a Council Member of ICE (2000
04). His computer models have been used
extensively in over 100 Environmental Impact Assessment studies worldwide and he consults
regularly on majo
r UK and international projects. He was a member of the Government’s Expert
Panel for the Severn Tidal Power Feasibility Project

Mr. PJ Feerick


is a successful entrepreneur and businessman,

he has over 25 years experience in plastics and


He has vast experience in such diverse areas of plastic processing as
Rotational Moulding, Vacuum Forming and Glass Fibre Polyester production. He currently holds a
number of patents in the area of high temperature tooling.
Founder and
g Director of
an innovative design, manufacturing and testing company, involved in
lightweight, high performance fibre
reinforced composite materials, with an international
customer base in aerospace, wind energy, marine, Formula 1 racing

and general automotive
sectors. ÉireComposites offers its customer an integrated service including accredited design,
innovative tooling, manufacturing and testing in a single organisation. The company is delivering
composite components and assemblies for

international aerospace programmes, participates in
important European Union R&D programmes in the aerospace sector and manufactures a range of
thermoplastic wind turbine blades up to 13 metres in length.

Jeremy Gault

After initially qualifying as a mining engineer and working in the coal
industry, Jeremy’s career took him into marine resource management.
Subsequently, he has amassed twenty years experience in marine and coastal
management and currently has overall resp
onsible for 25 national and international
projects as Director of the Coastal and Marine Research Centre in University College
Cork. As well as contributing expertise he has successfully led major EU funded projects (IMCORE,
COREPOINT) and was the Node Lea
der on the FP6 Large integrated project SPICOSA. He was a
member of the LOICZ (Land Ocean Interaction in the Coastal Zone) working group on
The Analysis
of Governance Responses to Ecosystem Change
. Currently, co
ordinator of a long
term nationally
funded p
rogramme, Beaufort Ecosystems Approach to Fisheries Management and Work Package
Leader of the FP7 COEXIST Project. He was an invited expert on the EEA working groups on
Methods for assessing current and future coastal vulnerability to climate change

ate of
coasts in Europe.
His knowledge of how scientific data is collected, collated and utilised by
agencies, civil servants and governments and his experience of running workshops across Europe
mean that he has gained an international insight into coasta
l management, science policy and

Prof. Carlos Guedes Soares

C. Guedes Soares
received the M.S. and Ocean Engineer degrees from the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, Cambridge, in 1976, the Ph.D. degree from the Norwegian Institute of Techno
Trondheim, Norway, in 1984, and the Doctor of Science degree from the Technical University of
Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal, in 1991.

He is a Professor of naval architecture and marine engineering and the President of the Centre for
Marine Technology and Engineering (CENTEC), which is a research centre of the Technical
University of Lisbon that is recognized and funded by the Portuguese
Foundation for Science and
Technology. He has supervised 30 concluded Ph.D. thesis and 37 Post
doc Researchers. He has co
authored more than 400 journal papers and 600 conference papers and has been involved in more
than 60 international research projects
and 20 national projects. He is Editor

Chief of one
Journal and member of the Editorial Board of about 15 Journals. He has received Doctor Honoris
Causa degrees from the Technical University of Varna in 2003 and the University “Dunarea de Jos”
Galati, i
n 2004.

He has received Awards from the Technical University of Lisbon, the Brazilian Association of Naval
Architects and Marine Engineers and the Confederation of European Maritime Technology
Societies for the excellence of his work.

Professor Micha
el Hartnett

Michael Hartnett is a g
raduate in Civil Engineering from National University of Ireland, Galway
(NUIG) and a PhD in offshore and coastal engineering from Trinity College Dublin.
Hartnett w
orked in private consulti
ng for 12 years where

he was a d
irector of a number of
companies in the area of computational modelling of marine processes. Joined Trinity College as a
tenured member of staff in 1993 where he developed a marine modelling researc
h group. In 1999
moved to NUIG where is
now Dir
ector of the Modelling & Informatics Centre in the Ryan Institute
focusing on research in marine, energy and environment. Currently he has 12 in his rese
group; he is Associate
Editor of tw
o international journals and on

the advisory panel of two more.

He has been on the organising committee of many internation
al conferences and presented

invited papers. He is the author of 30 journal paper and over 50 international
conference papers. He has acted as an external expert evaluator for the EU and
on many
international research funding programmes. He is the PI for NUIG on
the MAREN project, his main
interest being the investigation of tidal

stream renewable energy in the countries of the
participating partners.

Mr. John Keating

As Commercial Di
rector of OceanEnergy Limited, John’s responsibility includes a strong emphasis
on the management of key business relationships, project management and negotiation allied
with a core business analytical function. John holds a degree in Business Studies (Ac
countancy &
Finance) and he has obtained extensive experience of strategic corporate planning and company

As a Director & Council Member of the Marine Renewable Energy Association, John was one of the
early advocates in identifying the need

for an all
Ireland body serving a common purpose on
behalf of its members.
The MRIA represents Ireland's Marine Renewables community in the fields
of Wave and Tidal Energy. The Association includes firms engaged in device development and
manufacture, deve
lopers of projects and sites based on Marine Renewables, academic
researchers, consultants, professional firms and contractors as well as interested individuals. The
MRIA is now recognised as a leading reference point for all stakeholders in the sector.

Affiliation Details,


Director, OceanEnergy Limited,


Director & Council Member, Marine Renewable Energy Association,

Mr. Ciaran Kennedy

Bs. Mechanical Engineering, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California, 1994

PhD. Student, National University of Ireland, Galway. 2009


Industry Experience

FloWind Corp, Tehachapi, California. 1994


Test Engineer, 300 kW Vertical Axis Wind T

L&F Industries, Huntington Park, California. 1995


Design Engineer, Large Research Class Telescopes and Large Machines Tools for Aerospace.

Creganna Ltd., Galway, Ireland. 1999


Lean Manufacturing Coordinator, Production of Hypo
s for Angioplasty Catheters

Professor Iñigo Losada

Iñigo Losada is the Director of the Environmental Hydraulics Institute IH Cantabria; Director of the
Environmental and Water Sciences and Techniques Department (2000
2003), member of the
Ocean &

Coastal Research Group (1996
2007), and Full Professor of Hydraulics Engineering at the
Universidad de Cantabria; Doctor in Civil Engineering (Universidad de Cantabria


Delaware University


His research focuses on oceanographic and env
ironmental hydraulics engineering. His research
projects deal with marine renewable resources assessment, wave propagation modelling,
functionality and stability of maritime and coastal works, beach morphodynamics, wave
interaction, coastal flood
ing, oil spills pollution, climate change effects and integrated coastal zone

He has been the main researcher in projects funded by several Spanish public administrations
(CICIT, State Ports Authority, Directorate General for Coasts, etc.) an
d several international
agencies (g.e. European Union, NATO, NSF, IDB). He belongs to several scientific and technical
societies such as the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the International Association of
Hydraulic Engineering and Research (IA
HR), the American Society of Engineering Education or
PIANC, having obtained the international research award from its Spanish section and several
national awards regarding his research and academic activities.

Alistair Maltby

Alistair Maltby is Dire
ctor for the North of England of The Rivers Trust; the umbrella body for
led river conservation initiatives in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Alistair has
spent the last 16 years working on projects, strategy and technical issues of catchme
management for local rivers trusts.

Dr Stephen Nash

Dr Stephen Nash is a lecturer in Civil Engineering at National University of Ireland, Galway. An
undergraduate from Trinity College Dublin (1997), Dr. Nash also holds an MSc from Trinity and a
PhD fr
om NUI Galway. His research area is the modelling of surface waters, including physical,
chemical and biological processes. He is a director of research in the Ryan Institute for
Environmental, Marine and Energy Research at NUI Galway and in the newly
blished national
Centre for Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI). He has published over 30 peer
papers in his field and he has previously worked as an engineering consultant in the
coastal/marine environment sector.

John O’Callaghan


John O’Callaghan received a BEng in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University College
Cork in 2005. He subsequently worked as a structural engineer in a civil engineering consultancy.
In 2009 he returned to university and received an MSc in Su
stainable Energy Systems from the
University of Edinburgh for a thesis titled ‘Design Issues for Breakwater Integrated Oscillating
Water Columns’. John is currently working as a research engineer at the Hydraulics and Maritime
Research Centre (HMRC) in Uni
versity College Cork. Research areas include wave energy converter
development and testing and the environmental effects of wave energy developments which are
being looked at as part of the Intelligent Energy Europe funded Streamlining of Ocean Wave Farm
mpact Assessment (SOWFIA) project.


Rute Bento

A. Rute Bento

graduated from Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Técnologias, in 2008,
with a degree in Marine Science, specialising in Physical Oceanography. Since then she has been a
Research Assistant at the Centre for Marine Technology and Engineering (CENTEC),

a research
centre of the Technical University of Lisbon, recognized and funded by the Portuguese Foundation
for Science and Technology. She has participated in international conferences and published 6
articles in conference proceedings.

James Tedd

James is a Mechanical Engineer working in the Ocean Energy team of ESB. He is the Project
Manager of the WestWave project, aiming to develop Ireland’s first wave energy farm. Activity
has included, has project design, consenting, site develop
ment, technology appraisal and business

Prior to coming to Ireland in 2008 James worked for a Danish technology development company
testing a novel wave energy technology, a Welsh engineering consultancy company on local
renewable energy pr
ojects, and in research in Boston on offshore wind energy potential of New

Dr Tedd gained a Doctorate in coastal engineering from Aalborg University in Denmark, and
Masters' degrees from Cambridge, England with a period of study in MIT in the USA
. He is a
member the IEC international project team developing the standard for Performance Testing of
Wave Energy Devices.