People

Dr Ramesh Raghavendra

SEAM Centre Director & Technology Gateway Manager

Dr Ramesh Raghavendra holds a Ph.D from University of Twente, The Netherlands and three Master degrees (M.Sc in Materials Sciences, M.S in Metallurgical Engineering and an MBA). He worked as Senior Research Fellow in University of Limerick for five years, then worked as Senior Materials Technologist for a multinational company (Littelfuse/Harris/ECCO) in Dundalk for over 10 years prior to joining SEAM in May 2008.

His research background is in the areas of functional ceramics, glass and glass-ceramics, sintering of powder materials and more recently his research interests are directed towards Metal Additive Manufacturing. He holds patent in microwave processing of ceramic materials and in cofiring of ceramics. He has authored/co-authored more than 60 refereed journal publications.

In his present role as SEAM Centre Director, Ramesh is responsible for overall operational aspects of SEAM including promoting and generating targeted levels of industrial collaboration, initiating proposals for securing funding for various purposes, budget and human resources management, project management, strategy development, etc. Within seven years of launching of SEAM, Ramesh has been instrumental in establishing collaborations with over 120 Irish based industries and successfully managed to deliver over 950 directly funded Industrial projects (short, medium and long term). Through these and state supported projects, Ramesh has secured over 8 million euros in funding for SEAM. Furthermore, he successfully Coordinated an EU funded FP7-SME project that concluded in Dec. 2015. For his contribution to Industrial services, Ramesh received KTI Award 2015 under industrial consultancy impact category.

Email: rraghavendra@wit.ie

Mr. Eoghan O' Donoghue

Technology Leader - FEA

Eoghan joined SEAM in 2009 as a Development Engineer. Prior to that, he had been working overseas in a variety of areas of computer modelling, FEA analysis, product development, design, component engineering, failure analysis and project management.

His area of speciality is in Computer Aided Engineering and Finite Element Analysis. He holds a Research Masters and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the Cork Institute of Technology. He has worked on cooperative research projects with Analogue devices Limerick and the National Microelectronic Research Centre in Cork in the field of Microelectronics. During his career he has worked for companies such Eaton Aerospace, Jakaar industries and IGG Component Technology. He has published the following research papers: - “Copper/Tin Intermetallics and Lead (Pb) Free Components”, “Analytical and FEA Analysis of a Silicon Micro-machined Capacitive Pressure Sensor.”, “Development of Behavioural Models of Packaged Microsystems Sensor Elements”.

Email: ewodonoghue@wit.ie

Mr. Brendan Phelan

Technology Leader - XMT

Brendan holds a Research Masters and a Bachelor of Engineering from Waterford Institute of Technology. His research work focused on high speed automated sub-micron measurements utilising piezoelectric actuators and a solid state flexure arrangement to achieve the high precision and accuracy required. Prior to joining SEAM Brendan has worked in research and development in medical device and pressure safety system industries.

At SEAM Brendan works on creative and novel X-Ray Micro-Computed Tomography (XMT) solutions for industrial clients and academic collaborators. These solutions provide infomation to clients and collaborators that would often be impossible to acquire in any other fashion or, where possible with traditional methods, would have required the destruction of the samples, components, or assemblies.

Email: bphelan@wit.ie

Dr. Colin Reidy

Biomaterials Engineer

Dr Colin Reidy holds a Ph.D. from the University of Limerick, Ireland. He has recently joined the SEAM Research Centre as a Biomaterials Engineer. Colin's Ph.D. focused on developing novel, bioactive, all-ceramic filler materials, based on reinforced hydroxyapatite (HA) which can be tailored to a range of complex shapes for use in load-bearing skeletal applications.

Prior to this Colin completed a MSc. in Biomedical Engineering jointly taught by the University of Limerick, Trinity College, Dublin and University College Dublin, with Medical Science input from the RCSI. Colin has broad understanding of advanced principles in medical device technology along with a range of skills including; spectroscopy, mechanical testing, polymer analysis, microscopy & a variety of software packages.

At SEAM Colin works on a variety of projects for industrial clients. This includes the identification of failure processes in polymeric medical devices, through the use of microscopy and thermal analysis techniques to identify compositional and/or process variations in the materials. Colin also investigates the surface morphology of a variety of biomedical materials using white light interferometry and/or microscopy techniques.

Email: creidy@wit.ie

Mr. Tommy Kelly

Research Engineer

Tommy joined SEAM in June 2013 as a Research Engineer. Tommy holds and a level 9 Post Grad Cert in Advanced Materials Characterisation and a B.Eng (Hons) in Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering from Waterford Institute of Technology.

Tommy’s main role at SEAM is failure analysis projects utilising micro-sectioning and various analytical techniques including SEM, White Light Interferometry, Tensile Testing and Micro Hardness Testing. Tommy is also involved in the thermal analysis of polymeric materials and Rheology. Prior to this Tommy was involved in CNC sheet metal fabrication (Kel-Tech Engineering Waterford) & CNC manufacturing of automotive components (Honeywell Turbo Technologies Waterford).

Email: twkelly@wit.ie

Mr Rafal Mikolajczak

Research Engineer

Mr. Mikolajczak joined SEAM in July 2014 as a research engineer. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering from Waterford Institute of Technology. He is currently involved in the analysis of surface morphology using White light Interferometry Microscope.

Email: rmikolajczak@wit.ie

Dr. Wil Oshoke Ikpekha

CFD/FEA Engineer

Wil Oshoke Ikpekha graduated with a Masters degree in Computer Aided Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in 2011 and a Bachelors degree in Medical & Mechanical Engineering from Dublin City University (DCU) in 2010. He subsequently worked as a visiting researcher in the University College Dublin, where he was involved in the Computer Aided Design (CAD), Manufacturing and testing of Microfluidic devices using state of the art photolithographic techniques. He then undertook his PhD in the School of Electronic Engineering in DCU where his research was focused on Underwater Acoustics Analysis and Condition Monitoring of Sound Emitting Vessels.

Wil has previously carried out research as a Hamilton undergraduate scholar and research student in the Biomedical Diagnostic Institute (BDI) and the National Centre for Plasma Science and Technology (NCPST) respectively. He was involved in the CAD and manufacturing (using laser cutting and micromachining techniques), and characterization of material surfaces modified via Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapour Deposition (PECVD). Wil joined SEAM in October of 2015 as a Computational Fluid Dynamics and Finite Element Analysis (CFD/FEA) engineer as part of the team in precision engineering undertaking industrial projects.

Phone: 051 3022432

Email: woshoke@wit.ie

Dr. Sara Karam

NDT Engineer

Sara has recently joined SEAM as an NDT Engineer. Her work focuses on utilising non-destructive techniques, basically X-Ray Micro-Computed Tomography, to analyse product components.

Sara graduated with a BEng in Mechanical Engineering in 2010 from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and was awarded her PhD from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy, in 2014. The PhD programme had a particular focus on Innovative Materials, Processes and Systems. Her PhD research focused on advanced sensor monitoring of manufacturing processes and machining process simulation, verifying, and planning.

Prior to SEAM, she worked for two years as a post doctorate fellow at, University of Naples Federico II, assisting the team on two EU FP7 Projects: Intelligent Fault Correction and self-Optimizing Manufacturing systems – IFaCOM and Real-Time In-Situ Monitoring of Tool Wear in Precision Engineering Applications – Realism.

Phone: (051) 302431

Email: skaram@wit.ie

Ms. Agnieszka Furman

NDT Engineer

Agnieszka has recently joined SEAM as an NDT engineer.

Agnieszka holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Manufacturing Engineering from Waterford Institute of Technology and a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rzeszow University of Technology, Poland.

Email: afurman@wit.ie

Mr. Cyril Danilenkoff

R&D Engineer

Cyril Danilenkoff joined SEAM in June 2016 after completing his Honours Degree in
Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering at Waterford Institute of Technology. Throughout his studies, Cyril worked at SEAM as an intern and participated in several industrial and in-house projects, including the design of 3D printed metal components, failure analysis, microscopic measurements, thermal, and mechanical evaluation of components.

His Degree project: ‘Embedded Sensors in Additively Manufactured Titanium Alloy Components’, carried out at SEAM, gave Cyril additional knowledge of Additive Manufacturing technology in terms of both software and hands on experience. Cyril has the benefit of trade skills in manufacturing and electro-mechanical automation installation, giving him valuable transferable skills within the team at SEAM. He previously worked with Arcogen International Ltd. in the support of hybrid power engineering projects development, test and documentation of I.P in Hydroelectric and hybrid energy systems for community power smart grid projects.

Email: CDanilenkoff@wit.ie

Mr. Patrick Donnellan

Development / FEA Engineer

Patrick holds a BEng in Civil Engineering from NUI Galway, and an MSc in Computer Modelling and Finite Elements in Engineering Mechanics from Swansea University.

Prior to joining SEAM Patrick worked as a consulting engineer primarily within the oil and gas industry. His main responsibility was the design and analysis of piping, pressurised components and vessels used in subsea, offshore and onshore environments. His experience is in design as well as in the analysis of assets in service. He has gained experience in project engineering and project management on small and large scale projects.

Most of his work has involved the application of Finite Element Analysis simulation to problems relating to stress analysis, buckling, vibration, fatigue and fracture mechanics. He is also familiar with Computational Fluid Dynamics and 1-D Flow Simulation.

Phone: 051 845650

Email: pdonnellan@wit.ie

Ms. Anaïs Champigneux

Failure Analysis Engineer

Anaïs joined SEAM in May 2017 as a Material Failure Analysis Engineer. Anaïs holds a Masters degree in materials and coatings engineering from the engineering school Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Ingenieurs de Limoges (ENSIL), France.

Prior to SEAM, she worked for one year as a coatings engineer at Thales AES (aircraft manufacturing company).

Phone: 051 844159

Email: achampigneux@wit.ie

Ms. Vivenne Evans

Administrator

Vivienne joined SEAM in March 2014. She has a variety of experience working within the manufacturing sector with over 15 years experience in business administration.

Email: vevans@wit.ie

Mr. Deepak Shamvedi

Postgraduate Research Scholar

Mr. Deepak Shamvedi joined SEAM in January 2015 as a Postgraduate Research Scholar. He is currently enrolled on a Masters by Research degree at the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), and aims to transfer to PhD in 2016. His research is focussed on designing microwave components for wireless applications using a 3D metal printer.

His areas of specialization are: Wireless mobile communication, Antenna Design, Dielectric measurements, RF research, System design, Modelling and Simulation. Deepak also currently lectures DC Circuits on the WIT BEng (Hons) degree.

Prior to joining WIT, Deepak received his B.Tech degree from the GGSIP University, New Delhi, India, in 2009 and the M.Sc. degree from The University of Birmingham, Birmingham, U.K., in 2011. After pursuing his Masters, he was appointed as Honorary Research Associate in the same University from 2012-2013.

Email: 20061369@mail.wit.ie