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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.

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Professor Juliette Hussey
Professor Juliette Hussey
Vice-President for Global Relations

Professor Juliette Hussey is the Vice-President for Global Relations and has responsibility for strengthening the university's international strategies and external relationships to effectively deliver the College's core mission in Education and Research.

Professor Hussey is Head of Discipline and Associate Professor in the Department of Physiotherapy. Professor Hussey joined the University in 1992 as a lecturer in Physiotherapy. Prior to that she had worked as a clinical physiotherapist in the Mater Hospital in Dublin and then in Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London where she completed an MSc in King’s College London. She has been head of Physiotherapy since 2003 and developed two taught postgraduate programmes as well as increasing the postgraduate research activity within the discipline. In 2010-2011 she led discussions with Singapore Institute of Technology regarding the Bachelor in Science programmes in occupational therapy and physiotherapy. She was elected to fellowship in TCD in 2011.

Professor Hussey will be attending our Boston and New York events.

Kevin O'Kelly
Professor Kevin O'Kelly
Dean of Students

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 and Chicago events to discuss Academic Programmes and Student Development.

Henry Rice
Professor Henry Rice
Head of School, School of Engineering

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.

Sarah-Jane Cullinane
Dr Sarah-Jane Cullinane
Assistant Professor in HRM and Organisational Behaviour in Trinity Business School and the Director of the Global Business degree programme

Dr Sarah-Jane Cullinane is an Assistant Professor in HRM and Organisational Behaviour in Trinity Business School and the Director of the Global Business degree programme. Her research interests lie primarily in the area of employee health and well-being at work, and her research explores how jobs are designed by managers and crafted by employees to promote the quality of working life.

Her research methods include diary, multi-level and intervention studies within both private and public sector organisations including Novartis, An Garda Síochána and Dublin Fire Brigade. Her research has been published in international peer-reviewed journals including the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, the International Journal of Human Resource Management, Organisational Psychology Review and Accident Analysis and Prevention.

Dr Cullinane will present on The Global Business Degree at Trinity Business School at our Boston and New York events.

Bernice Murphy
Dr Bernice Murphy
Lecturer in Popular Literature

Dr Bernice M. Murphy is Lecturer in Popular Literature at the School of English, Trinity College Dublin. She is co-director of the M.Phil in Popular Literature and has published extensively on topics related to popular literature and American horror and the gothic in fiction and film.

Her recent books include The Rural Gothic: Backwoods Horror and Terror in the Wilderness (2013), The Highway Horror Film (2014), Key Concepts in Popular Fiction (2017) and the co-edited (with Stephen Matterson) collection Twenty-First Century Popular Fiction (2018). She is the co-founder of the online Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies and a founding member of the Irish Network for Gothic Studies (INGS). Dr Murphy is also a recently appointed Fellow of Trinity.

Dr Murphy will be attending our San Francisco and Chicago events and will talk about academic life at Trinity, as well as the exciting new dual degree programme between Columbia University and Trinity College Dublin, which offers students an international educational experience —a program spanning two continents and cosmopolitan cities.

Seána Skeffington
Seána Skeffington
Director of Marketing, The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art

Seána Skeffington is the Director of Marketing at The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity. She is responsible for the delivery of the marketing, communications and press strategies as well as the sales function within the organisation. Seána has overall responsibility for the recruitment drive for undergraduate degrees, postgraduate degrees and a range of short courses in acting and technical theatre.

During the open days Seána will be on hand to discuss the courses on offer at The Lir Academy, namely:

  • Bachelor in Acting Degree
  • Bachelor in Stage Management and Technical Theatre
  • Foundation Diploma in Acting and Theatre
  • MFA in Playwriting
  • MFA in Theatre Directing
  • MFA in Stage Design
  • Four week summer course: Acting and Irish Theatre (worth on average 6US credits)

Seána is attending our Boston and New York events.

Jennifer Pepper
Jennifer Pepper
Head of Operations, Academic Registry

Jennifer has recently joined the Academic Registry as Head of Operations, having previously held the position of Head of Academic Operations in Dublin Business School. Jennifer holds a BA in International Business and Languages from Dublin Institute of Technology.

The Operations function is responsible for the activities required to support the student lifecycle. This ensures that there is a clear focus on the key Operations of the AR, with all the support activities being located in the two support functions. This unit is responsible for the following core activities that constitute the student lifecycle:

  • Applications and Admissions, including to study abroad programmes
  • Fees and Payments
  • Assessment, Progression & Graduation
  • Records & Case management

Jennifer is attending our Boston and New York events.

Jonathan Lynch
Jonathan Lynch
Service Desk Manager, Academic Registry

Jonathan is the Service Desk Manager with the Academic Registry, Trinity College Dublin. The Academic Registry manages many of the Colleges key centralised administrative services for both staff and students to ensure the best possible Trinity Experience for all.

Through its team of student advisors, the Service Desk, provides advice and assistance to applicants and students on a wide range of Trinity services including Admissions, Applications, Examinations, Assessment, Graduation, Fees, Grants and Scholarships.

Jonathan has held a number of roles in the Irish Higher Education sector, managing student welfare and student engagement functions prior to joining Trinity in 2017. Jonathan holds a BBS. (Hons) in Business Management from the National University of Ireland, an MSc in International Management from DIT and a PG Diploma in Education from the National College of Ireland.

Jonathan is attending our San Francisco and Chicago events.

Megan Donaldson
Megan Donaldson
Global Alumni Relations Officer,
Trinity College Dublin

Meghan Donaldson is the Global Alumni Relations Officer at Trinity College Dublin and works with the Alumni Relations team in the Development & Alumni Office at Trinity.

Meghan is responsible for building and fostering relationships with Trinity alumni worldwide in order to build a community of international supporters for the university, which includes managing international and overseas alumni events and communications.

She studied 19th- and 20th-century English literature as an undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame and Trinity College Dublin, and received an MA in Irish literature and culture from Boston College.

Megan is attending our Boston and New York events.

John Dillon
John Dillon
Alumni Director at Trinity Development & Alumni

John Dillon is Alumni Director at Trinity Development & Alumni, overseeing Trinity’s engagement with its 100,000+ alumni at home and abroad. This engagement takes many forms, including communications, events and services for alumni and students as well as providing various opportunities for alumni to support Trinity and each other through networking, volunteering and donating.

John completed his undergraduate in Engineering at Trinity and has also an MBA from Trinity.

John is attending our Chicago event.

Alex Mann
Alex Mann
Alumni, Business and Political Science

Upon graduating from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland with a joint honors degree in Business and Political Science, Alex took his fledgling start-up to New York City to be incubated in GE and Omnicom’s start-up advertising accelerator. He lived through the trial and tribulations of every founder – ultimately surviving foundation, financing and failure!

Alex began his next adventure in London, UK where he joined the media agency OMD and then Mediacom. It was here he honed his strategy abilities, delivering innovative digital media solutions for clients ranging from GSK to VW to Sony. From there, he found his way to San Francisco, joining the founding team of What If Innovation's west coast operation, where not only is he tasked with building new products and services for Fortune 500s, but also building an entirely new book of business for What If!

Ask Alex to tell you his war stories from years of playing rugby and climbing mountains all over the world.

Alex is attending our San Francisco event.

Rory Purcell
Rory Purcell
Alumni, History

Rory graduated from Trinity with a BA Hons in History in 2011, with a year abroad at University of California, Berkeley. After graduation, Rory worked in Investment Banking in London before becoming a Management Consultant at Deloitte. Rory moved to Deloitte Chicago in February 2015 and continues to work as a Management Consultant in the Human Capital field, specializing in the Manufacturing industry. Rory is attending our Chicago event.

Joshua Newmam
Joshua Newman
Alumni, PPES

Joshua graduated from Trinity in 2015 with a degree in PPES (Political Science, Philosophy, Economics, Sociology) focusing in Economics and Maths. After graduating, Josh completed Hack Reactor, a software engineering immersive program in San Francisco.

For the past three years he has been working in the field of Artificial Intelligence at Banjo, a high-tech startup in Silicon Valley. During his time at Trinity, Joshua volunteered with St. John Ambulance, represented Trinity as a US Student Ambassador and participated in many societies including the Phil and Hist debating societies. His fondest memories however, are of swimming in the Irish Sea, South of Dublin year-round. Joshua is attending our San Francisco event.

Andrew Murphy
Andrew Murphy
Alumni, Engineering with Management Science 2016

Andrew is a recent graduate of the Engineering with Management Science program. Upon graduation Andrew worked in the Technology Transfer office as well as the Innovation and Entrepreneurship hub in Trinity College, before taking a role with Enterprise Ireland.

Andrew now lives and works in Boston, promoting Irish companies in the life science sector across the US - applying daily the knowledge and skills he picked up at Trinity College. Ask Andrew about his time in Trinity, and why he would choose Dublin to study! Andrew is attending our Boston event.

Global Relations Staff Attending Our Events

Declan Coogan
Declan Coogan
International Student Recruitment Manager

Declan manages the Trinity international 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, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, & New York events.

Louise Staunton
Louise Staunton
International Student Experience
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.

Deirbhle O Reilly
Deirbhle O'Reilly
Global Officer,
School of Engineering

Deirbhle is a graduate of Trinity college with a BA BAI (2005) and an MSc (2006) in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering. She worked in multi-disciplinary engineering consultancies in Ireland for several years, before moving to the UK to teach. Deirbhle joined the Global Relations Team in June 2015. She works with prospective and current international students in the Engineering School and coordinates the School’s exchange programmes. Deirbhle is attending our San Francisco & Chicago events.

Erin Paulin
Erin Paulin
Global Officer, School of Psychology
and the School of Social Work and Social Policy

Erin, a Cleveland, Ohio native has a BA in International Studies and Psychology and a M.Ed. in International Higher Education Administration. Erin moved to Ireland in 2016 and joined the Global Relations Office at Trinity the same year. She works with prospective and current international students as well as visiting students in the School of Psychology and the School of Social Work and Social Policy. Erin is attending our Boston & New York events.

Catherine McDonald
Catherine McDonald
Global Officer,
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 & Chicago events.

Niamh McGoldrick
Dr Niamh McGoldrick
Global Officer, School of Physics & Chemistry

Niamh is a graduate of Trinity College, having completed a B.A (2008) and a PhD (2014) in Chemistry and a Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics (2011). She is currently completing Trinity’s M.Ed in Science Education. Niamh joined the Global Relations Office in March 2014, working with international undergraduate and postgraduate students before and throughout their time in the Schools of Chemistry and Physics. Niamh is attending our Boston & New York events.

Damien O Farrell
Damien O'Farrell
North American Regional Officer
Region: West

Damien is attending our San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, & New York events.

Liz Maguire
Liz Maguire
North American Recruitment Officer
Region: North East

Liz is attending our San Francisco, Chicago & Philadelphia events.

Laura Kelly
Laura Kelly
North American Recruitment Officer
Region: New England

Laura is attending our Boston & New York events.

Isabella Vick
Isabella Vick
North American Recruitment Officer
Region: South / Midwest

Isabella grew up in Waco, Texas and holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Texas Christian University and a Masters of Philosophy in European Studies from Trinity. Now she travels across the American South and the Midwest as a Trinity North American Recruitment Officer. Isabella is attending our San Francisco, Los Angeles, & Chicago events.

Patricia Boyle
Patricia Boyle
International Marketing Manager

Patricia is attending our Boston & New York events.

Kim Boyle
Kim Boyle
International Marketing Officer

Kim is attending our San Francisco & Chicago events.