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.

Phone: 051 845648


Mr. Eoghan O' Donoghue

Senior Business Development Engineer - Finite Element Analysis / Failure Analysis

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”.

Phone: 051 845649


Mr. Brendan Phelan

Business Development Engineer - X-ray Micro-Computed Tomography

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.


Dr. Colin Reidy

Business Development Engineer - Biomedical Engineering

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.


Mr. Tommy Kelly

Operations 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).


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 302432


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


Mr. Patrick Donnellan

FEA / CFD Technology Leader

Patrick is a chartered engineer and a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He 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


Ms. Agnieszka Furman

NDT Engineer

Agnieszka joined SEAM as an NDT engineer in January 2017.

Her work focuses on utilizing X-Ray Micro Computed Tomography (XMT) to analyse and visualise 3D components and materials.

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.

Phone: 051 306149


Dr. Sinéad O'Halloran

Material / Failure Analysis Engineer

Sinéad graduated with a BE in Civil Engineering from NUI Galway in 2013. She then undertook a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, also in NUI Galway. Her work involved experimental characterisation, computational modelling and the development of a design tool for fretting fatigue and wear in the pressure armour layer of flexible marine risers.

Sinéad has previously worked in Wood Group Kenny, Galway, where she worked in the technology group using finite element analysis to simulate dynamic motion responses of flexible risers due to vessel and sea-state motion, as well as slugging. She also worked as a student engineer for Pavement Management Services; here she was involved in NDT of road surfaces and materials.

In SEAM, Sinéad will work in the area of additive manufacturing.

Phone: 051 302461


Ms. Guru Vidhya

Material / Failure Analysis Engineer

Guru joined SEAM in January 2018 as a Material / Failure Analysis Engineer. Prior to joining SEAM, she studied at the College of Engineering at Anna University in Chennai, India, and graduated with a Masters in Polymer Science. She also holds a Bachelors degree in Polymer Science pursued in Kamaraj College of Engineering, Madurai, India.

Phone: 051 306359


Mr. Arun Antony

Development Engineer

Arun joined SEAM in March 2018 as a Development Engineer. He graduated with Master's degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Limerick, Ireland and Bachelor's Degree in Aircraft and Rocket construction and design from National Aerospace University, Ukraine. He also has an Advanced diploma in C and C++.

Prior to joining SEAM, Arun worked as a Design and Manufacturing Intern at Kharkiv Aviation Plant. He was responsible for designing engine mounts, fuel systems for many prototype aircraft's. Most his work involved Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics, Linear and Non-Linear Finite Element Analysis.

Phone: 051 306358


Mr. Yogesh Rajpal

Development Engineer – Additive Manufacturing

Yogesh joined SEAM recently as a Development Engineer. He has a Bachelors in Metallurgical engineering from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh.

Previously, he was associated with an automobile Research and development department where his work focused on special alloy steel development and part material quality and testing for development of engine, transmission and frame parts development. He also has work experience in an elite sintering division where he worked in quality control and continuous improvement of sintering and heat process. His expertise is in metallurgical testing, product development, and quality control.
In SEAM, Yogesh work will be focused on Additive manufacturing and Metallurgical testing.

Phone: 051 306360


Ms. Vivenne Evans


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.


Dr. Minh-Phuoc Huynh

Postdoctoral Researcher – Additive Manufacturing

Phuoc recently joined SEAM in December 2018 as a Postdoctoral Researcher to work on the project “Embedding and Integrating sensors in Metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) Components”. This project is funded under the SFI-I-Form Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre Programme.

Phuoc was also an SFI-funded Research Fellow in UCD from 2016 to 2017. Before joining UCD he had over 14 years working in Civil Engineering in both academia and consulting engineers. He obtained his PhD in Civil Engineering in 2013 at the University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. His research interests focus on crack propagation in concrete due to soundless chemical demolition agents, non-linear behaviour of brittle materials inside the fracture process zone and novel, intermeshed structural steel connections.

Phone: 051 304159


Mr. Paul Quinn

Postgraduate Research Scholar

Paul joined SEAM in August 2017 as a Postgraduate Research Scholar. Currently he is registered on the Master by Research degree in Waterford IT, however he intends to transfer onto the PhD Program in 2019. His research topic is focused on the powder and in-situ metrological methods within the Metal Additive Manufacturing process. His research is funded by Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR).

Before joining SEAM Paul completed a B.Eng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering in Institute of Technology, Tallaght receiving a First Class Honours and an academic award for Best Overall Student in the Mechanical Engineering Course.