Lecturer in Computer Science MTU
Donna graduated with a BSc in Software Development & Computer Networking (2002), a Master of Engineering by research (2004) and a PhD (2007) from Cork Institute of Technology.
Her current position is lecturer in Computer Science and she is also Principal Investigator of Riomh – Intelligent Secure Systems research group and member of Nimbus Research Centre. Donna has been a central figure in establishing the IDA funded National Cybersecurity Cluster called Cyber Ireland the goal of which is to ensure that Ireland is well positioned both to service the already significant activities in the area of cybersecurity research and innovation and to build excellence and talent that will enable further growth in this expanding field. Donna is a funded investigator in the SFI ENABLE and researcher in SFI CONNECT research centres.
Donna’s research expertise lies in the area of enterprise security and network and service management with a specific focus on the design, analysis and optimisation of wired and wireless communication systems, networks and services. During her PhD she made a significant contribution in the area of service provisioning for Beyond 3rd Generation (B3G) networks. On completion of her PhD she spent five years working for IBM and this work exposed her to the rigorous design discipline that is a prerequisite for the successful development of large, complex systems across several sites, multiple design teams and various target platforms. The work in IBM also deepened her technical knowledge in the area of network and service management for mobile and Cloud based services.
As part of Donna’s role as lecturer she is also programme director for the fully online programmes, MSc in Cloud Computing, MSc Artificial Intelligence, MSc Software Architecture & Design and MSc in Information Design & Development and also teaches a number of online modules across a range of academic programmes. She is chair of the Computing Department’s research studies committee and is a committee member of IEEE UK Ireland Women in Engineering and is a IEEE Senior Member.