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The Lero Governance Committee works with the Lero management to ensure that the centre operates in line with its strategy and the expectations of SFI and to provide an informed, external perspective on the strategic activities of Lero. This includes awareness of best practice across centres, of industry priorities and constraints, and of state agency perspectives.
It meets three times per year and reports to the President of UL. Members include:
Prof. Brian Fitzgerald
Prof Brian Fitzgerald is the Director at Lero. He holds an endowed professorship, the Frederick A Krehbiel II Chair in Innovation in Global Business & Technology, at the University of Limerick, Ireland, where he was also Vice President Research from 2008-2011. He is Principal Investigator in Lero and was Founding Director of the Lero Graduate School in Software Engineering. His research interests, i.e. primarily in software development, encompassing development methods, Global software development, agile methods and open source software.
Prof. Ita Richardson
Prof. Bashar Nuseibeh
Prof. Norelee Kennedy
Professor Norelee Kennedy was appointed Vice President for Research at University of Limerick in July 2019 and took up the post in January 2020. Professor Kennedy is an Associate Professor of Physiotherapy in the School of Allied Health at UL. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BSc in Physiotherapy in 1999 and a PhD (2004) in the field of physiotherapy and rheumatology. She also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics (TCD 2000) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (NUI Galway 2004).
Prof. Kennedy was appointed as Lecturer in Physiotherapy at UL in 2004, becoming Associate Professor in 2018. She was the Head of School of Allied Health, UL from 2014-2019. During that time she oversaw the first external quality review of the school, six regulatory body programme approvals and monitorings of professional programmes as well as the establishment of two new professional graduate entry programmes. She also co-led the successful first School of Allied Health, Athena SWAN application for a Bronze award in 2018.
Alongside her academic leadership Norelee leads a programme research in the field of rheumatology/physiotherapy. To date she has been awarded almost €3 million in research funding from national and EU funders. Currently, she leads a Health Research Board funded project and is also part of a EULAR-funded European wide group developing an educational programme for health professionals to promote physical activity in people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs). In 2018, Norelee was invited to sit on a EULAR European working group to develop recommendations for physical activity for people with RMDs. She also served on the EULAR Health Professionals committee (2014-2019).
Prof. Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson is Pro Vice Chancellor for Engineering and Physical Sciences at Queen’s University, Belfast. He is a systems engineer focussing on safety and security. He has held fellowships with NASA, US Air Force, US Navy and the FAA and serves as a founding member of the Scientific Advisory Board on the future of European Air Traffic Management (EC SESAR JU) for more than a decade; a role which has been extended after Brexit. In 2021, he is helping provide safety/security assurance arguments for the launch of (one of) the UK’s first Quantum Key distribution satellites and is one of seventeen expert witnesses to the Public Inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal Aeronautical Society and the British Computer Society.
Prof. Sinead Ryan
Dr Nicola Stokes
Dr Nicola Stokes is an AI Tech expert with 15 years’ experience managing AI related RDI projects in diverse domains such as life sciences, health informatics, smart cities, and media analytics. Nicola’s undergraduate degree is in Computer Science, and she has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence. She has also lectured at the University of Melbourne and University College Dublin. Before joining IDA Ireland she managed Science Foundation Ireland’s portfolio of AI investments including the SFI Insight Centre for Data Analytics and the SFI ADAPT Centre for Digital Content Technologies, two of the largest academic centres for AI and Data Analytics research in Europe. In her current role, she is IDA’s Technologist for International Financial Services where she has responsible for identifying and winning FDI financial technology investment opportunities in insurance, investment management, aviation financing, banking and payments. Nicola served as Chair of Blockchain Ireland in 2019/20, and is a member of the Government’s Expert Group for Future Skills Needs in Artificial Intelligence. She was recently awarded IT Leader of the Year at the Women in Tech Excellence Awards.
Chris has a Masters in Software Engineering from Trinity College Dublin, with over 25 years software engineering experience gained in Ireland, Canada and the United States.
Chris joined the International Space Station Project in 1990 where he was a member of the team that defined the software development processes and tools for the program, and then technical lead on the Remote Manipulator System control software. In 1994 he moved to the $1.5bn Iris program which replaced the entire communications systems for the Canadian armed forces, first on the process/toolsmithing side, and then the product development side. In 2000 he founded Headway Software to address the lack of large-scale modularity that he saw as pervasive in software industry.
He lives on the south coast of Ireland, where he likes to sail when it’s windy, and walk the dog when it’s not.
Dr. Eucharia Meehan
Dr. Eucharia Meehan is the CEO & Registrar of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS). DIAS, one of a family of international independent research institutes, focuses on fundamental research in designated disciplines - #DIASdiscovers (www.dias.ie). Prior to joining DIAS (2017), Eucharia was the inaugural Director of the Irish Research Council (IRC), the latter being established in 2012 through the merger of two former councils IRCSET and IRCHSS. Prior to that she was Head of Research and Innovation (policy and investment) at the HEA. This latter role encompassed Director of the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI – an investment of €1.2bn to develop strategic research infrastructure and capacity). Prior to 2002, she was Head of Programme Management for Elan Biotechnology Research (EBR).