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Biography

Donna graduated with a BSc in Software Development & Computer Networking (re-titled Computer Systems) (2002), a Master of Engineering by research (2004) and a Degree in Philosophy (PhD) (2007) from Cork Institute of Technology. Her current position is lecturer in Cloud Computing and is also a member of the Computing research group called Ríomh (Cloud and Distributed Systems Group). Donna’s research expertise lies in the area of 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. Currently, Donna is an academic collaborator in the SFI funded projects, SURF and SFI Centre Connect, where she is investigating the research challenges associated with the Internet of Things (IoT).

As part of her role as lecturer she is also programme director for the fully online programme, MSc in Cloud Computing, 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.

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