Cashel Community School (Tipperary), University of Limerick (Mathematical Sciences degree), University of Limerick (PhD)
Leaving Certificate (1999), BSc (2005), PhD (2009)
Receptionist in a physiotherapy clinic, bank clerk, researcher, lecturer, professor
University of Limerick
I live in Limerick with my husband, two daughters and two crazy kittens! I love sports, especially hurling but can't sing a note.
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How I Use Maths In My Job:
I use statistics and probability every day. Lots of the methods that I use in statistics also need algebra, geometry and measurement. Some examples of those I work with include: Johnson & Johnson helping them to understand more about how contact lenses are made, Sanofi to understand properties of their medicines better, and sports scientists to understand why people who run get injured or not.
I work with lots of scientists and companies, helping them to use their data to understand more about particular products, medicines or human behaviour.
My Typical Day
I get up and get everyone (me, kids, cats) ready for the day. I drop my kids to school and then am off to work. I spend the day teaching, preparing lectures, supervising students and other researchers helping them to do their work, or meeting with other scientists and companies to talk about our work. I also have to write lots of reports and papers and read other people's work.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
A lecturer who I met in first year of university (Prof. Ailish Hannigan)
What's your favourite use for maths in everyday life?
Nextflix recommender algorithm ;-)
What did you think about Maths when you were in school?
I liked it but had no idea I could do it as a career
What did you want to be after you left school?
I had absolutely no idea!
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Not really - apart from getting fits of the giggles at inappropriate times!
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Something in sport
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If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To have good health, to live a long life, and for my daughters to be happy and healthy