Fergus McAuliffe: Science
Fergus McAuliffe is currently Education, Public Engagement and Communications Manager at iCRAG. He has a PhD from UCC in environmental science and was one of the coteachers in our pilot year of Science in a Box in Cork in 2014. You might also recognise him from numerous science related TV appearances, such as the Science Squad on RTE.
Orla Murphy: Engineering
Orla works as an acoustic and audio engineer at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR),
where her small team in the infotainment department is tasked with improving the vehicles’ listening experience.
As well as having a keen interest in science, maths and engineering from a young age, Orla has always had a passion for music.
Having grown up playing in orchestras, when it came to thinking about her future career she was torn between studying a STEM
(Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) subject at university or focusing on becoming a professional musician.
On why she is a STEAM ambassador Orla says: "Science and Engineering needs creative and innovative minds to solve problems. Lots of young people don't know a lot about engineering and don't know how creative and exciting a job in engineering can be. It is my aim to try to enthuse, excite and encourage more young people about engineering and STEAM subjects! I am really delighted my local primary school Ballinora N.S. is involved in this programme. It was brilliant to visit the school and see how enthusiastic they are about their engineering classes"
Joanna Kaminska: Arts
Joanna Kaminska is a self-taught artist/illustrator from Poland. As our first ambassador for the arts Joanna has provided us with some amazing bespoke illustrations. She has also run a number of arts workshops as part of our STEAM events series. See more of her work here.
Ivan Mac Gafraidh: Science
Ivan is studying for his PhD in Physics, specialising in 2 Dimensional (read “extremely flat”) materials. Ivan has been coteaching our Science-in-a-Box programme, as Gaeilge, in Dublin for the last 2 years. His passion for tinkering and experimenting at home carried over into the classroom, where he made additional demonstrations to illustrate for example; the splitting of water, the curvature of space and the power of atmospheric pressure.