ERI Welcomes Nov - University College Cork

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Nov 25, 2013 (3 years and 6 months ago)





Aleksandr Pimenov


is from

Kuybishev (now Samara), USSR (now Russia).
He is part of the Biodiversity group. He graduated from the
Nayaonva University of Samara, Russia with a Diploma with 1st
class Honours in 2005 and then obt
ained his PhD in Applied
Mathematics, UCC, 'Bifurcations and stability in systems with
hysteresis and multistable systems', 2009. Aleksandr’s hobbies are
playing violin (8 years of musical school), guitar (as
accompaniment, self taught), singing songs (mos
tly in Russian), sports: squash, basketball,
soccer, volleyball, ping
pong (whatever I can find time and partners for), occasional
socializing, reading, making Russian traditional fermented drink called kvas (and thus
supporting a colony of yeast).




is originally from Kildare and obtained her honours degree
in Bioinformatics at the National University of Ireland Maynooth.
She then pursued a PhD in Bioinformatics entitled
analysis at the genomic level: Analysis of Methods
and Data

under the supervision of Dr. James McInereny (NUIM). Angela
has just moved to Cork and has begun her first post
position with Dr. Mark Achtman’s group where she will be
studying the population genetics of
Helicobacter pylori
. She enjoys p
laying the Piano and she
is a very keen badminton player. Angela is currently trying to teach herself the guitar and
violin and is on the look out for a guitar teacher.

Denis Dineen

Denis is from Killarney, Co Kerry. His background is as a Civil
r, graduating from Trinity College in 2005. After two years
working in highway design he returned to university and completed the
taught Masters Degree in Sustainable Energy in UCC in 2008. Denis
started work in the ERI in June and is now starting into a P
hD with the
Energy Policy and Modelling Group, focusing on modelling the energy
consumption of

residential sector. Denis enjoys hiking, rock

mountaineering and taking in scenery.


Farhan Manzoor

Farhan is from Abbottabad, Pakistan.

He holds a Masters Degree
in Microelectronic Systems

from the University of Liverpool. He
is currently a PhD student with Professor Karsten Menzel in the
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UCC. He is
involved in a CIT led project, Networke
d Embedded Systems
(NEMBES) which aims at combining embedded systems and ICT
technologies with buildings for sensing, monitoring, and control.
Farhan’s research mainly focuses on the use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) for
tracking, identification
, and localization methods and applications in Facilities

Hang Yin

is an


PhD student in the Civil & Environmental
Engineering Department

here at the ERI.

research interest is building renovation for energy effici


currently attempting to go one level deeper and use some
software to achieve that.
hobbies are reading, jogging and

Hannah Daly


is an IRCEST MEngSc candidate and her supervisor is
Dr. Brian Ó Gallachóir here at the E
RI. For her MEngSc research
project Hannah will build an energy model for private car
transport with the goal of informing evidence
based transport
policy and decision making. The bottom
up model will be used to
project the effects of political measures su
ch as a carbon tax on
future trends to quantify energy savings and CO
reductions. Hannah hails from Kanturk, Co. Cork and graduated
this year with a degree in Mathematical Sciences from UCC. Hannah’s interest in researching
energy policy comes
from a year spent in the University of California, Santa Cruz, taking
classes in environmental studies and economics. Her hobbies include playing the guitar and
piano, cycling, running, playing chess, knitting, and going to see plays and films.

Maria Kir


is from Mayo. She graduated from UCC in 2009 with a
degree in Ecology and is now undertaking a PhD in the
biodiversity lab under the supervision of Dr Padraig Whelan and
Dr Mark Emmerson. Maria’s research is looking at grooming
behaviour in
the dark European Honey bee as a defence against
the introduced parasitic mite
Varroa destructor

Maria has also
been awarded a travelling studentship by the National University
of Ireland and hopes to use this to carry out some of her research


in the US
, Germany and the UK. When she’s not saving the world, Maria enjoys travelling,
music, movies, swimming and going out.

Michal Otreba

Michal is a PhD student in the Depart
ment of Civil and
Environment Engineering

here at the ERI.

His main focus o
ch is on achieving Carbon Neutrality by Building

personal interest is in computer graphics
2D and 3D and all aspects of Civil Engineering.

hobbies are
pets a cat, a dog and two fish

but also creation f multiplayer
online role

playing games from graphics perspectiv

Steven Darby


arrived at the ERI at the beginning of October and is
starting out on a PhD on the detection and atmospheric
chemistry of mercury. He was previously at The University of
Strathclyde in Glasg
ow (Scotland) where he obtained a Masters
in Chemistry. During this time he also spent two years in

one on an erasmus exchange and another working in
oil recovery. He enjoys cycling, walking, running,
mountaineering, skiing amongst other activitie

Tadeusz Kirakowski

Tad is working in the Biodiversity lab, under Dr. Pádraig
Whelan and Dr. Mark Emmerson on an IRCSET funded.

His current research aims to examine the effects of Varroa, a
Honey bee mite that has led to the collapse of wild honey be
colonies in Ireland, on semi
natural forest ecosystems. The
research will look at changing pollination regimes both with and
without the honey bee
Apis mellifera mellifera.

Tad enjoys pina colladas and getting caught in the rain, but
generally dislikes m
usic from the 80s.

Ullash Kumar Rout

s working on the Project “Energy Modelling

TIMES”. He is a senior postdoctoral researcher in Energy Policy
& Modelling group of Sustainable Energy Research Group. His
research interest

y system modelling,
environmental pollutions, climate change, technology dynamics
in the learning domain, and power system dynamics.