The Team

Rowan Fealy

Principle Investigator

Rowan Fealy is a Research-Lecturer in the Department of Geography, Maynooth University. He lectures on both theoretical and applied aspects of the climate system. His particular area of expertise is in regional climate analysis and modelling, and land-atmosphere interactions at regional and local scales. 

Tim McCarthy

Principle Investigator

Tim McCarthy has over thirty years R&D experience in Geographical Information Science and Earth Observation, specialising in a number of research areas, including;  Geospatial Analysis & Modelling, Satellite, Airborne & Terrestrial Mapping Systems, Autonomous Technologies including Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones), and Web & Mobile Geospatial Information Services Spatial Decision Support (Cloud-based) Platforms.

Dazhi Li

Post-doctoral Researcher

Dazhi Li is a Post-doctoral Researcher in the Department of Geography, Maynooth University. He has a PhD in scientific computing of terrestrial systems from RWTH Aachen University. His research interests include land surface modeling, data assimilation, hydrological modeling and microwave remote sensing of soil moisture. 

Ajay Nair

Data Scientist

Ajay Nair is a data scientist on the SoMoSAT project. His area of interest is in machine learning, and he has over 4 years of experience from various firms including Huawei, Accenture and NUI Galway.

Reamonn Fealy

Collaborator – Teagasc

Reamonn Fealy is a Senior Research Officer at the Spatial Analysis Unit in Teagasc. He has recently completed a three year invited secondment to DAFM, providing spatial analytical consultancy on the development and mapping of the new Areas of National Constraint (ANC) classification. He has responsibility for the strategic management of all technical aspects of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) work carried out in Teagasc and for guiding the broader development and application of GIS across the organisation.

Lilian O’Sullivan

Collaborator – Teagasc

Lilian O’Sullivan is a research officer with Teagasc Agriculture and Food Development Authority of Ireland in the Environment, Soils and Land Use Department, Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford. Lilian’s research focuses on how soils are part of a larger system in particular, how land use and management impact soil mediated ecosystem services at landscape scale. She uses a suite of tools including mapping and modelling to investigate opportunities for sustainability, particularly in agricultural landscapes through integrated land use and management.

Per-Erik Mellander

Collaborator – Teagasc

Per-Erik is a lead Scientist of the Agricultural Catchments Programme and a Senior Research Officer in Catchment science in the Department of Environment, Soils and Landuse, Teagasc. He has been working with the Irish Agricultural Catchments Programme in Teagasc since 2008. His research concerns advancing knowledge in water quality issues for a sustainable environment and food production system under the impacts of increasing population and changing climate. He has a MSc in Physical geography from Uppsala University and a PhD in Environmental Assessment, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Before working in Teagasc he worked with research in forested catchments in northern Sweden and deforested catchments in the Blue Nile Basin in Ethiopia.

Ian O’Shea

Collaborator – Net Feasa

Ian has worked in international telecommunications for 23 years. He qualified as an Electronic Engineering (University of Limerick) and has a diploma in Applied Project Management from the Institute of Project Management Ireland & University College Cork.  Ian joined Net Feasa in 2015 as Chief Technical Officer (CTO). Net Feasa is a licensed IoT Service Provider to Supply Chain 4.0 with a Global IoT Operators License. He has delivered a solution that is currently tracking and monitoring assets and conditions on ships, in ports  and on farms, providing continuous, real time communication throughout the supply chain.

Jerry O’Sullivan

Collaborator – Net Feasa

Jerry managed Investor Relations with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Intel Corporation. He successfully put in place multiyear project (grant) funding with the European Space Agency (ESA) and secured significant annual Research & Development Tax Credits from the Irish Government. He oversaw the Blue Ocean Wireless spinout from Altobridge, the acquisition of a division of Tyco in the US and implemented the successful Fully Managed Services business unit for Altobridge in South East Asia. He joined Net Feasa in 2015 as Chief Financial officer (CFO) where he has completed several funding rounds and contributed to the growth of Net Feasa from start-up phase to a Company trading globally with offices in Ireland and the US.

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