Willie Donnelly (Judging Co-ordinator)
Director of Research and Innovation, The Technical Higher Education Association THEA
Research Innovation and Engagement Director, The Technical Higher Education Association (THEA) Ireland. Previous Role: President, Waterford Institute of Technology (2015-May 2022). Degree of Doctor of Philosophy: Physics, University College Dublin 1989. Bachelor of Applied Science: Mathematics and Physics, Dublin Institute of Technology, 1984.
Created on led one of Ireland's leading academic research centre TSSG/Walton Institute. Secured over €100m of competitive research funding between 2003 and 2014. Principle investigators in a number of SFI and European Projects in communications management and smart agriculture. Created a number of campus companies to exploit research IP including Feedhenry which was acquired by RedHat.