Glounthaune NS; Glanmire Community College, University College Cork
Bachelor's Engineering in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
I worked for a bit with a telecommunications company during college placements, but began my PhD after my undergraduate
About Me: My name is Peter, and I live in Cork City with my girlfriend. I spend most of my free time either rock climbing or cooking/eating. 🧗🏻 I also enjoy music and travelling! 🎼🧳
Hey there! My name is Peter. I am from Cork and now live in the city with my girlfriend. My main hobby is rock climbing, I like to go to a climbing gym here in Cork, and also travel around the world to climb on real rock. Some places I have climbed are Spain, America, and most recently Mallorca.
I also really enjoy cooking and generally eating lots of food. (One of the reasons I climb is to stay in shape from all the food I eat!) Other than that, I like to play piano, drums and listen to music.
My background is in electronic engineering, and then I decided I wanted to do a PhD, focusing on semiconductors and lights.
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My Work: I work with very small LEDs (lights) which shine ultraviolet light, and then put these LEDs into tools which doctors can use to treat people. 💡🥼
As a PhD student in Tyndall National Institute, I work with LEDs which emit light in the ultraviolet range. Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are one of the most common pieces of technology in our lives, we see them everywhere we look. In mobile phones, traffic lights, laptops, ceiling lights, car headlights, I could go on and on. All these LEDs emit light that you can see, but the devices that I research are emitting light that we can’t see: ultraviolet (UV) light.
These LEDs are made by putting layers of very very very thin layers of materials together and then cutting the devices into shapes to use. My research looks at these steps and processes and trying to make a very good UV LED! After making the LED, I will try to put the LED in a small tube which can go into your body! Doctors can use this tube with UV light to look at what’s inside your body and see if everything’s ok.
My Typical Day: I wake up, make some nice breakfast (my favourite meal of the day), then start work. I might have work to do in a lab, or different work to do at my desk, or even some reading or writing I can do at home. After a day of work, I usually head to the climbing gym and then home for dinner.
What I'd do with the money: I would put the money towards educational kits that students would be able to play with and learn more about science through experimenting.
I think the best way to learn is through seeing and experimenting. There are a few kits that schools can buy that students are able to play with and experiment with. These can be in areas such as light, electronics, and many others. (Obviously light is the coolest!) Through instruction booklets which tell you how to carry out the experiments, you can see how the fundamental physics work and how our world is based off of these principles.
It’s still really important to learn the theory, but the experiments really help to make sense of the content.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
rock-climbing photonics engineer
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Learnt enough to be able to make a difference
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
A formula 1 engineer
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Only a few times
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Working on electric cars
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Rock climbed over water in Mallorca
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Ireland having better weather, free airplane travel, a fully stocked professional kitchen
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