Colin is an award-winning highly driven & innovative Engineer, with qualifications & experience in innovative technologies in the Mechanical engineering, R&D, Additive Manufacturing and Innovation sectors. He is currently leading new research in the Energy, Environment, 3D Printing and Innovation fields at UCD, with a focus on technology development, advancing additive manufacturing, 3rd world social entrepreneurial applications of additive manufacturing and integrating advanced technologies into social, environmental, philanthropic and entrepreneurial activities. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Energy Systems Engineering from UCD. He is currently finishing a PhD in engineering in UCD with SFI, SMARTlab and Science Gallery International, focusing in the area of Innovation Methodologies, to improve the engagement and impact in the innovation area.
He co-founded a social enterprise in 2014, The Rapid Foundation, which aims to disperse 3d printing technology to 3rd world locations, provide training and support to communities in Ireland and overseas, and host innovation and creativity workshops with diverse groups to increase support people globally to solve their own problems using technology. Its goal is to change the way developmental aid is distributed, and improve the innovation potential of all people, regardless of their circumstances. This work won the IMechE 2016 Fritz Schumacher award and was a noted project in the 2016 UN Global Sustainable Development Report. This work resulted in him being named as one of Forbes 30 Under 30 for Europe in Science and Healthcare, as one of JCI’s Ten Outstanding Young People for 2017, Irish Early Career Awards IT & Tech Professional of the Year 2017 and as a 2017 Nissan Generation Next Ambassador. One of his latest areas of application, is focused on the recycling and repurposing of waste plastic materials from the oceans utilising low cost, low tech solutions supported by 3D printing technologies in coastal locals in Ireland, East Africa and South East Asia.
Colin is also an active technology consultant and developer, advising a number of companies and bodies, from small start-ups to government departments, in areas such as disruptive technologies, engineering practice, innovation, design and early-stage growth & prototyping. He is involved in a start-up companies, including consultancies and advanced 3D printing companies. He is also an active global consultant running innovation training workshops and talks at every scale from large multinationals down to classes of disabled students.
He is passionate about entrepreneurship and technology, and contributes regularly to both communities via mentoring and advising at events like Hackathons, Start-up weekends, STEM fairs and public tech events, working with groups like Learning Tech Labs, Engineers Ireland, Pint of Science, TEDx, TechStars and Forbes.