Martin O'Halloran



Bachelor’s degree in engineering, PhD in Engineering, Masters in Education, Masters in Clinical Research


B.E., PhD., M.A., MSc., C. Eng.

Work History:

Contract Engineer at NUIG, Post-doctoral Engineer at NUI Galway, Lecturer in Dublin Institute of Technology, Post-doctoral Researcher at NUI Galway


Valeo Vision Systems, Chemistry NUI Galway, Engineering NUI Galway, School of Computing DIT, School of Medicine NUI Galway

Current Job:

Researcher (Joint position between Engineering and School of Medicine)

Me and my work

I am a engineer who designs new medical devices

My Typical Day

What I'd do with the money

Provide seed-funding for exciting new medical device projects developed by students, as examples to show students what is possible!

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Problem-solver, Sports-mad, highly-motivated

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Rolling Stones/Beatles or (more recent) Bon Iver/Fionn Regan

What's your favourite food?

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Travelling – South America, China, Japan, Thailand, Eastern Europe, etc.

What did you want to be after you left school?

Something related to Science/Engineering

Were you ever in trouble at school?

Of course – but nothing too serious!

What was your favourite subject at school?


What's the best thing you've done as an engineer?

Built medical devices that will genuinely improve the quality of life for patients

What or who inspired you to become an engineer?

I had a really great physics teacher in secondary school who encouraged us towards the science/engineering courses in college

If you weren't an engineer, what would you be?

Farmer (or craftsman). Anything that involves manual labour with some skill involved.

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be?

I’m a pretty contented guy so: Have a job I like, live somewhere nice, have my family around me.

Tell us a joke.

“I took part in the sun tanning Olympics – I just got Bronze.”

Other stuff

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