Professor Orla Feely, VP for Research, Innovation & Impact, UCD

Orla Feely is Vice President for Research, Innovation and Impact and a Professor of Electronic Engineering at University College Dublin. She holds a BE degree from University College Dublin and MS and PhD degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, where her PhD thesis won the DJ Sakrison Memorial Prize for outstanding and innovative research. While at UC Berkeley, she also won the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award. Her research is in the area of nonlinear circuits and systems, and she has been awarded research grants and prizes from a number of national, international and industry sources.

Professor Feely is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Fellow of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), Engineers Ireland and the Irish Academy of Engineering. She has served as Chair of the Irish Research Council, the EU Advisory Group on Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions, and the IEEE Technical Committee on Nonlinear Circuits and Systems, and as a member of a number of Editorial Boards.

Professor Feely is Vice-President of Engineers Ireland and Vice-President for Resources and Treasurer of CESAER (the Conference of European Schools of Advanced Engineering Education and Research). She is a director of the Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition and Deputy Chair of the Higher Education Authority.

Q: How have you and your organisation adapted and embraced the new normal?

A: Higher education went through a very rapid transformation at the start of the pandemic. In UCD, most of our teaching and assessment was delivered online at the end of the last academic year, and most of our staff have been working remotely since then. Research and innovation have been delivered through a blended approach with reduced on-campus presence, and we have been increasing this presence in a phased and safe manner. Research activity in many areas also pivoted in support of the national response to the pandemic. With the start of the new academic year we are planning for increased on-campus presence as we seek to deliver the benefits of a campus education to our students.

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