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.
Donnacha was awarded a Bachelor, Masters and PhD degrees in Electronic Engineering from Dublin City University. His diverse interests include mixed signal ASIC design, scientific instrumentation, materials characterisation and time-resolved structural dynamics.
Donnacha has worked as a visiting researcher at most 3rd generation synchrotron light sources including the Advanced Light Source (ALS) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the Stanford Linear Accelerator (SLAC) and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF).
Donnacha has worked as a hardware engineer / systems architect for a number of companies including RedMere Technology, Odenberg and Xilinx.
Donnacha has been granted 8 US patents and has published in journals such as IEEE Journal of Solid State Circuits, Science, Physical Review Letters, Review of Scientific Instruments and Journal of Chemical Physics.
Currently Donnacha is Head of Department for Aerospace, Mechanical and Electronic Engineering at Institute of Technology, Carlow.