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Leonard Hobbs - MIDAS Chairperson 

Leonard HobbsLeonard graduated from University College Cork Ireland in 1986 with a 1st class honours degree in Electrical Engineering and was awarded the title of ‘graduate of the year’ by the college.

He completed a Masters degree at the NMRC (now called Tyndall), at UCC in 1988. 

He has been one of Ireland’s leading technologists in the ICT sector with close to 30 years of experience, mostly with Intel, spanning leading edge research to technology transfer to advanced manufacturing and high volume operations in the US, Europe and Ireland.

He established a unique nanotechnology research program for Intel in a number of Irish universities and across Europe. His last role at Intel was Director of Public Affairs with responsibility for driving Intel Ireland’s policy, communications, education and community agendas. He departed Intel in June of this year and now runs his own consultancy company TechRD.
Leonard has a strong network within the industry and the broader business and academic community. He is much sought after as a valued contributor to multiple boards and advisory groups in Ireland and Europe which currently include roles at the AMBER center at TCD, the R&D group at the American Chamber and the IOT group at IBEC. He is chair of the Technology judging panel at the BT Young Scientist and also leads the board at the Valentia Transatlantic Cable Foundation.  

Brian Coffey - MIDAS Deputy-Chairperson

Brian Coffey

Brian graduated from the University of Limerick in 1995 with a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering and has over 16 years’ experience in the semiconductor industry.
He has held several technical, engineering management and product marketing roles and is currently Marketing Manager for the Emerging Sensors group at Analog Devices based in Limerick. In this role Brian is responsible for the development of sensor new businesses which involves extensive collaboration with external companies, research and government organisations.

Brian completed his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Limerick in 2011 and in addition to his role at MIDAS he is currently Secretary of the MBA Association of Ireland Mid-West Chapter.

Ted O'Shea - Midas Treasurer and Director

Michael Grufferty

Ted O'Shea began his career in the micro-nano electronics industry in 1979 developing 'laser trim' and measurement applications for precision IC's with Analog Devices Inc.. He subsequently moved into the design of custom characterisation systems for high precision converters.

He graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Electronic Engineering, winning a prestigious industry award. He joined University College Cork in 1982 to setup the measurements facilities at the new NMRC (now Tyndall). In 1985 he was appointed Head of IC Test Engineering.

In 1991 he began specialising in the design of Fab process test structures. In 1994 he established an expert team providing advanced expertise in semiconductor measurements and Intellectual Property assertion. He is a member of the Thomson Reuters Expert Witness group and has patent trial experience in the US. He has a strong relationship with industry worldwide and continues to win major contracts in the key areas of IP assertion and new product/process development. He also provides expertise to the European Space Agency (ESA) concerning technologies planned for space.

He became Chairperson and Exec Director of Midas Ireland in 2015 and successfully restructured Midas to enable it grow as a professional cluster representing the IC design / ICT sector in Ireland. He is now Exec Director and Treasurer of Midas Ireland. As Head of the Design Technology Evaluation Group, he runs the largest industry focused group at the Tyndall National Institute, while also providing key infrastructure for its research community.

Fearghal Hannaway - Publicity Chair

Fearghal is currently Co-Founder and Partner at Smart Achievement, a Management Consultancy company focused on the Microelectronics industry. He has previously spent over 25 years in the Microelectronics industry in a wide range of technical, sales and management positions. During this time, he has worked with Plessey Radar (now Siemens), Texas Instruments, S3 and Duolog Technologies (now ARM) in Ireland, UK, Sweden, France, US and Hungary.

Fearghal received a BEng (Hons) degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Queens University, Belfast in 1987 and has recently completed a postgraduate course in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise from University College, Dublin.


Peng Lim – Education & Outreach Chair

Peng Lim joins Xilinx as Analog Mixed Signal (AMS) Program Manager since 2011, responsible for high speed converters development activities. Prior to joining Xilinx, Peng was a senior staff engineer with S3 Group for nearly 20-years involved in Sigma-Delta ADC design, Project Manager Test Chip Architect, Analog IP Quality Manager,
Foundry Manager and Technical Sales Support for Asia Pacific.

Peng graduated from Trinity College Dublin with BA, BAI and MSc Engineering in 1990 and 1992.



Damien Walsh - Training Chair

Damien is development director at ON Semiconductor Limerick for the Advanced Power Solution group. The Advance Power Solutions group develops multi-phase switching regulators for computing applications.

Prior to his current role Damien has worked as Test & Evaluation Manager for both ON Semiconductor & Analog Devices.  Damien has experience on several mixed signal device technologies including video, thermal, interface & power convertors.

Damien graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering from Dublin Institute of Technology in 1993.



Con Cremin - Indigenous Chair

Con Cremin graduated from UCC in 1984 with a first class honours degree in Electrical Engineering. After graduation Con started a career in product development and spent the next 16 years in design engineering and management in a number of multinational companied including Digital Equipment and 3Com Corporation.

In 2000 Con started his career with indigenous companies. He spent 5 years with ParthusCeva and then joined Lightstorm Networks in 2005 to set up their design centre in Cork. In 2009 he founded Mingoa - a semiconductor start up. After 5 Years as CEO he sold Mingoa to Microsemi Corporation in 2014 and is currently R&D director for Microsemi FTD division in Ireland.

 Mark Smyth – Post Graduate Development Chair

Dermot Barry

Mark Smyth is presently an Analog design consultant to MCCI based at the Tyndall Institute, Cork.

Previously Mark was Systems Architect at Xilinx responsible for the design of Wireline Transceiver products for the Serdes Group ('12-'15). Mark lead a team at Cork that designed 16Gbs Transceivers on 20nm and 16nm process nodes for Xilinx FPGA products.

Prior to Xilinx Mark was Principal Engineer at Irish fabless semiconductor start up Redmere where he was involved in the design of high performance Serdes for HDMI active cables. He previously held senior analog design positions at Ceva and Freescale Cork. Mark holds multiple US Patents. His research interests are primarily in the areas of high speed clocking and data recovery,

Mark received a BE in Electrical Engineering from University College Cork in 1995, and an MEngSc from the Tyndall Institute in 1998.

Alan Mathewson - Europe

After graduating with a B.Sc in Physical Electronics from the University of Newcastle UK in 1978 and working in Racal Research Berks ( UK)) on CMOS and thin film amorphous Si LCD technology development Alan Mathewson moved to University College Cork and the Irish National Microelectronics Research Centre in 1982. Between then and 1999 he was responsible for research activity in silicon technology characterisation and modelling. He received a PhD from University College Cork (UCC) in 1995 for his work in the area of CMOS Compatible Avalanche Photodiode Arrays. From 1999 to 2005 he was responsible for the Transducers Group within the same institute. This involved technical management of a broad spectrum of Si based technology systems and design activities, as well as the development of silicon based Nano/Biotechnology devices. He has had responsibility for lecturing in UCC on Solid State/Semiconductor Device Physics at Postgraduate and Undergraduate Level and to date twenty nine PhDs and forty five M.Eng.Sc projects have been completed ,under his supervision on industrially relevant topics. More than three hundred and fifty publications in peer reviewed specialist journal and conference proceedings have been presented and 9 Patents have been deposited. He is currently assistant head of entre for the micro and nano systrems centre in Tyndall where he is working on heterogeneous systems integration
Dr Mathewson is a member of SPIE and a Senior Member of IEEE.

Leonard Hobbs - Government Liaison

See details at top as MIDAS Chairperson.

Donnacha O’Riordan - MCCI Representative

Donnacha is currently Executive Director of the Microelectronics Circuits Centre Ireland (MCCI) with a mission to create jobs and exports in Irish companies through industry-led microelectronics research.

Prior to MCCI, Donnacha was with S3 Group where he was responsible for the development and direction of the Services Strategy for the Silicon Business. This includes all aspects of innovation management, Product management, go-to-market strategy, product positioning, and key benefits definition for our OEM customers. Prior to this Donnacha spent over seven years in Silicon Valley where he held several technical and management positions in both start-up and large international organizations.

Donnacha has a B.Eng. (Hons) in Electronics Engineering from CIT and a M.Sc. in Technology Management from UCC.

In MIDAS, Donnacha is the MCCI Liaison and Chairs the committee responsible for promoting the indigenous microelectronics sector.

Fiona Blighe - Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Representative

 Dr. Fiona Blighe is a Scientific Programme Manager with Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). Fiona has been responsible for the development and delivery of SFI’s Technology Innovation Development Award (TIDA) programme. Fiona has managed the ongoing evaluation of a portfolio of SFI awards in the areas of Physics, Chemistry, Computer and Information Sciences, Materials Science, Networks and Communications, Energy, Mathematics and Engineering. Fiona has lead SFI’s Gender Strategy to improve the representation and progression of women in all aspects of STEM careers in Ireland. Fiona is the programme manager for the €30M SFI Research Centre IPIC, Irish Photonic Integration Centre.

Fiona has a background in material physics and project management. Prior to joining SFI Fiona was Programme Manager for the Centre for Women in Science and Engineering Research (WiSER) in Trinity College Dublin. Fiona carried out four years of postdoctoral research through positions at Dublin City University and Trinity College Dublin, securing funding, publishing numerous highly cited articles in leading academic journals, and presenting her work internationally on many occasions. She has also acted as technical reviewer for several international academic journals.
Fiona holds a PhD in Physics and a degree in Natural Science (Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials) from Trinity College Dublin.

Alan Dunne – Enterprise Ireland Representative

Alan Dunne is a Senior Development Advisor with the Electronics Division of Enterprise Ireland.  Prior to this he was a co-founder of Powervation Ltd from its foundation in 2006 until 2012  (Powervation Ltd was sold to Rohm Semiconductor in 2015). While there he held numerous  roles including General Manager, VP of Operations, Company Secretary & Chief Financial  Officer and led the GUI developed team.

 Before Powervation, Mr. Dunne was Centre Manager with the Circuits and Systems Research  Centre (CSRC) at the University of Limerick, Ireland for 10 years, which spun out Powervation.  In addition to overall commercial and technical management of the CSRC, he was also  responsible for introducing the commercial element of the mixed-signal ASIC design work to  complement the centre’s ongoing R&D activity. During this period, he also acted as a senior  research officer with Enterprise Ireland. Prior to that, he worked as a project manager and  design engineer with Ashling Microsystems, Schaffner-Intepro, Vitalograph Ireland and Artic Environmental. Mr. Dunne holds a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering and an MBA, both from the University of Limerick, Ireland.

Victoria MacKechnie - IDA Representative

Mike Mulqueen

Victoria worked for seven years in the financial services industry as Portfolio Manager in the wealth management sector. Following this she developed a programme for DEIS primary schools around healthy eating, Kids in the Kitchen.

Victoria successfully rolled out the educational programme with government and private sponsorship to over 100 schools over five years. Since 2012 Victoria has worked as Project Executive in the Technology Division of IDA Ireland. Originally working with new US companies establishing in Ireland, she now works primarily with European technology companies.

Victoria is responsible for developing and growing the presence of European multinationals across the diverse and exciting tech sector.

Aoife O'Brien - Conference

Aoife O’Brien is the EU Grants & Communications Manager for the SFI funded Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC) which is based at the Tyndall National Institute. She has over 14 years in public affairs and policy development roles.

A former Communications Manager with Kerry Group, she has also worked as a Senior Executive with ICT Ireland (IBEC), the leading representative body for the technology sector in Ireland where she was responsible for Education, Environment and Trade policy. Currently,

Aoife is responsible for driving IPIC’s strategy to secure significant EU funding, managing existing and new research funding awards and supporting Principal Investigators to ensure IPIC’s success throughout the duration of the H2020 Programme. She also manages the Centre’s communications strategy and its execution to ensure that IPIC is recognised as a world leader in photonics research while also maintaining strategic relationships with national, EU and international stakeholders.


Siobhan Walsh - MIDAS Co-ordinator

Siobhan WalshSiobhan Walsh is the MIDAS Co-ordinator. The role involves the daily administration tasks of MIDAS Ireland. It includes interfacing with over 155 members; comprised of companies, third level colleges and government agencies. Siobhan also organises all of the MIDAS meetings and annual conference. These tasks are conducted in close co-ordination with the MIDAS Chairman and MIDAS Treasurer.

Siobhan’s office is based in Limerick, Ireland.
Previously Siobhan worked as Data Administrator for the Dublin Airport Authority, and prior to that worked as Group Purchasing Manager for the McMahon Group Ltd. Siobhan has wide experience in Administration, Logistics, Shipping, Accounts and Sales.




Ex Officio (active)

John Blake – ON Semiconductor, Limerick.
Mike Mulqueen – Analog Devices, Limerick

MIDAS Directors

Ted O’Shea – Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork.
Donnacha Lowney – IT Carlow.


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