US Open Days
- Trinity's US Open Days will feature a host of speakers from the world of Trinity, including academics, alumni and staff. See below for detailed biographies and discover all the representatives that will be delivering presentations and available to talk to you on the day at your chosen location.
Zuleika Rodgers is the Programme Director for the Dual Degree BA between Trinity College Dublin and Columbia University. She is Assistant Professor in Jewish Studies in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies and is the Course Director of the degree in Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies. In this role, she has developed exchange programmes across the Middle East and North Africa. Dr Rodgers spent a number of years studying in Jerusalem as part of her PhD research and is Curator of the Weingreen Museum of Biblical Antiquities. She has also served as a College Tutor, Head of Department, Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning and as a member of the University Council. She is also the Director of the Herzog Centre for Jewish and Near Eastern Religion and Culture at Trinity.
Zuleika is attending our Boston and New York events.
Professor Kevin O’Kelly is from the School of Engineering and has been Dean of Students for four years. His role is to support and facilitate student development, integrating the out-of-class experience of students with the academic mission of College.
Prof. O’Kelly is from California where he attended St. Ignatius College Prep before completing a double degree in engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
He came to Ireland in 1986 where he completed his Masters and PhD in University College Dublin. After working in industry, he came to Trinity in 1996 and has been a College Tutor, Director of Undergraduate Teaching & Learning, Director of the Engineering & Management degree, and Deputy Director of the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering Research.
Professor O’Kelly is attending our San Francisco, Boston and New York events to discuss Academic Programmes and Student Development.
Professor Henry Rice BE (Mechanical Engineering), MA, PhD is the Head of the School of Engineering and an Elected Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. He has served as a board member of the university and has championed developments in internationalisation within the programmes in engineering.
He has track record of some 25 years of funded research contracts in vibration and noise in aeronautics, vehicle design and energy systems. At present he is focussing on the development of a multidisciplinary group on metamaterials research with application focus in aeronautics and vehicle engineering.
Henry is attending our Boston and New York events. He will be on hand to discuss the undergraduate and postgraduate courses on offer in the Engineering School, as well as opportunities for visiting American students interested in taking engineering modules.
Ciara is Student Recruitment Officer in Trinity Business School and works with prospective students interested in studying within the School. Prior to joining Trinity Business School she was Regional Officer for China and South East Asia in the Global Relations Office at Trinity. She holds a Masters in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Ciara is attending our San Francisco, Boston and New York events.
Chris Ahearn is the Alumni Development Officer for North America. Chris is responsible for supporting all alumni relations activities in North America.
Chris is from Atlanta Georgia, where he attended Georgia Southern University completing a degree in Psychology. He then moved to Ireland to complete a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Dublin City University. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.
Susan was appointed Admissions Officer in 2008 and leads the Applications and Admissions Team within the Academic Registry. The Team processes applications for Undergraduate programmes, Postgraduate Taught and Research programmes and Study Abroad programmes (inward and outbound).
She holds a B.Sc. Mgmt. in Management Law from Trinity College Dublin.
Susan is attending our San Francisco, Boston and New York events.
Kat Bauer Weiser is the Programme Coordinator at Trinity Walton Club. Trinity Walton Club is a STEM club for high school students interested in Physics, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Kat oversees the Saturday club during the academic year, and also all of Trinity Walton Club’s summer programmes, including Walton International, a 10-day residential summer programme. Prior to moving to Ireland, Kat was a high school Physics teacher in North Carolina, holding a Master’s Degree from UNC Chapel Hill and a Bachelor’s degree from Smith College.
Kat is attending Boston, New York City, New York Rye, Philadelphia and Washington DC events.
Alumni Attending Our Events
Graham is a graduate of law from Trinity College Dublin. While at law school, Graham was heavily involved with Trinity's Student Management Fund and Investor's society. Through Trinity, Graham spent a summer working for a Federal Judge in Los Angeles and in the Enforcement Division of the Central Bank of Ireland. After Trinity, Graham did a Masters at the London School of Economics and worked in the capital markets in London for a year. Graham now works for a law firm in New York and has recently sat the New York Bar exam. He is attending our New York City event.
Neasa is a double graduate from Trinity College Dublin. She earned a B.A. in History of Art and Ancient History in 2008 and a Ph.D. in History in 2017. Between Trinity College Dublin degrees, Neasa worked for the Irish State Art Collection, the conservation department at Trinity College Library and earned a Masters degree in the History of Science from the University of Oxford. She was the Science Editor for HeadStuff.org for three years before moving to California. She works as a freelance language specialist with clients such as UCSF, GoingZeroWaste and Apple. Neasa is attending our San Francisco event.
Global Relations Staff Attending Our Events
In December 2017, Ms McNamara assumed the responsibility of Director of Internationalisation and leads a transnational team in the development and implementation of Trinity's Global Relations Strategy and internationalisation policies. This includes internationalising the student body, leading the development of new international collaborations, delivering new student mobility opportunities internationally and supporting the international student experience. Previous to this appointment, Ms McNamara held the position of Project Manager, Trinity Education Project, one of the central initiatives of Trinity’s Strategic Plan with the overall purpose of renewing the Trinity Education, promoting a research-inspired curriculum, introducing flexibility in programme patterns, ensuring curricula are enhanced through technology and equipping our graduates with key skills that enable them to be career ready. Prior to this Ms McNamara held the position as Programme Director – External Partnerships in the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London and spent 10 years working in various senior administrative roles in the School and Faculty of Medicine at Trinity College. Ms McNamara holds a BBS in Business and Personnel Management from the University of Limerick.
Declan manages the Trinity international student recruitment strategy, and is responsible for both the Regional Officers and Country Advisors. A graduate of Trinity, Declan spent six years at Dublin Business School where he managed European Recruitment and Admissions. Prior to that, Declan was based in Portobello College where he had a dual role as the Director of International Marketing and the head of the MSc. in International Business. He has a Masters in International Trade Management from the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
Declan is attending our San Francisco, Boston & New York events.
and Global Officer Coordinator
Louise is Trinity’s International Student Experience and Global Officer Manager. She manages the Global Officer and International Student Experience teams and facilitates communication between the Global Relations Office and key stakeholders in Trinity to support and develop the international student experience. She is also an Assistant Warden at Trinity Hall, Trinity’s undergraduate student residence. She was previously Programme and Training Manager at the Irish Council for International Students and developed intercultural competency courses specifically for the higher education sector. She is the author of Diverse Voices (2015), an intercultural skills training guide for higher education staff. She holds degrees from UCD (B.A. in English and History and M.A. in American Literature) and a Certificate in Training and Development (IITD). Louise is attending our San Francisco, Boston, & New York events.
Niamh Burke is the International Partnerships and Study Abroad Manager within the Office of the Vice President for Global Relations at Trinity College Dublin. Niamh oversees the development of dual and joint degrees and articulation programmes with international partner universities. She also manages the team responsible for developing global mobility opportunities for Trinity students as well as the team coordinating incoming visiting students on study abroad or short term/bespoke programmes. Niamh holds a Degree and Masters in Law. She worked in two leading Irish law firms and the Australian civil service before joining the Global Relations Office at Trinity in 2014.
Niamh is attending our Boston and New York events.
School of Computer Science and Statistics
Catherine works with prospective and current international students in the School of Computer Science and Statistics. She is a graduate of Trinity with a BA in Science and she joined the Global Relations team in 2012. Catherine is attending our San Francisco, Boston & New York events.
School of English
Cliodhna works together with prospective and current international students in the School of English, within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Recently joining the Global Relations team in 2018, she holds a degree from UCD in History of Art and Archaeology, an MA in Communications from NUIM and a Post Grad in Conflict and Dispute Resolution from Trinity College. Cliodhna is attending our San Francisco, Boston and New York events.
Eva joined the Global Relations team in 2017 and works with prospective and current international students within the Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science. In particular she works with students in the Schools of Biochemistry and Immunology, Genetics and Microbiology, Natural Sciences and Mathematics. She has a BA in Politics and MA in International Relations from UCD. Eva is attending our San Francisco, Boston and New York events.
Patricia is attending our New York and Boston events.
Phil is attending our San Francisco event.
Damien is attending our San Francisco, Boston, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia & Washington DC events.
Region: New England
Laura is attending our San Francisco, Boston, New York & Los Angeles events.
North American Representative
Region: South East, South/Mid West
Diana is attending our San Francisco, Boston, New York, Chicago & Los Angeles events.
Region: North East
Mary Elizabeth is attending our San Francisco, Boston, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia & Washington DC events.