Dr. O’Donoghue is a Ph.D. Scientist who has received the Young Entrepreneur of Year Award, Molex-Kriebel Award for Innovation in Global Business and Technology and the JCI Outstanding Young Person of the Year Award in Science and Technology in Ireland. Dr. O’Donoghue holds a first class honours degree in Materials Science and Technology and a doctorate in High Temperature Technology in Aero Gas Turbines Engine applications.
Dr. O’Donoghue possesses the skills of strategising and leading research in her field of expertise, materials science, metallurgy and technology development. She is the lead inventor of the LCD recycling equipment developed while leading the research project at the University of Limerick. She has since set up a spin out company Votechnik and has licenced the technology to take it to the global market. In 2011, She successfully lead the company to take Best High Growth Company on the Island of Ireland at the InterTrade All Island Seedcorn Business competition and has secured investment for the company. Votechnik has been awarded a €1.6 million EC project to launch the technology on the European market.
She has a varied background in leading industrial focused research in multidisciplinary fields such as metallurgy, electrochemistry and hydrometallurgy, automated recycling systems, abrasives technology, process optimisation of industrial electroplating systems, development of high temperature gas turbine coating systems , and development of a manufacturing process for shape memory alloys for biomedical stents. She has significant experience in both working with and managing teams in the above sectors, as well as designing industrial projects, work and task planning, budget / financial and IP management. Dr. O’Donoghue has raised over 3 million funding over the last 5 years and has 4 patents granted and an additional 2 pending across the manufacturing and biomedical fields. She currently lectures in materials for the School of Engineering and coordinates the Raw Materials Research Group the University of Limerick.