IAMTA Conference & AGM, November 13th 2010
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List of Speakers and Panellists:

Oliver Murphy (IAMTA)
P J Rudden (Engineers Ireland)
Piaras Ó hEachteirn (NUI Galway)
Frank Doheny (MathPrep)
Tim Regan (PDST)
Bill Lynch (NCCA)
Peter Doyle (Actuary Ireland)
Tom Sherry (NUI Galway)
Seán Connolly (Rathmines Senior College, IAMTA)

 Oliver Murphy  
Oliver Murphy is Principal of Castleknock College, Dublin. Oliver Murphy had been teaching both Maths and Applied Maths in Belvedere College and the Institute of Education for many years. He is the author of "Fundamental Applied Mathematics", which is Ireland's best-selling Applied Maths book - ever!
He has also written the acclaimed Discovering Maths series for second level, which has been very well received by teachers throughout the country. In 1998, Oliver Murphy was the first winner of the Victor W Graham Perpetual Trophy, an award for teachers of Applied Maths.
Oliver also encourages and trains the students at his school to take part in
national and international competitions, such as the AMC, the Canadian Gauss and Cayley Contests and the Irish Junior Maths Competition.

P J Rudden

PJ Rudden qualified in Civil Engineering from UCD in 1975. A native of Cavan , his early career was with Dublin Corporation (now Dublin City Council) and with MC O'Sullivan Consulting Engineers.PJ Rudden is currently Vice President of Engineers Ireland, a 26,000 strong representative body for all engineers in Ireland. In Engineers Ireland he was Chairman of the Task Force on the Education of Mathematics and Science at Second Level, which recently reported to the Minister for Education. PJ is also Chairman of the Continuing Professional Development Standing Committee of Engineers Ireland which represents all sectors of engineering. He is also Extern Examiner in Civil Engineering at DIT (2009 - 2011) and is a member of the EU Commission Technical Evaluation Panel on the European Green Capital City awards for 2010 - 2013. PJ is a chartered engineer with over 35 years experience in the policy and development of major public infrastructure in Ireland. He is a Fellow of Engineers Ireland and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (London).

PJ is Group Director in charge of Environment, Energy and Waste at RPS advising Central Government Departments/Agencies and Local Authorities on environment, transport and solid waste strategy and developments of facilities including Dublin, Galway, Connaught, North East, Limerick/Clare/ Kerry and Midlands Regions. PJ is one of Ireland’s leading consultants and commentators on environmental matters. He won the UCD Inaugural Distinguished Graduate Award for this work in 2002 for his work which saw national recycling levels raise from 7% to 38%.

PJ has taken a personal interest in Mathematics Education at second level, and has opened a welcome dialogue between ‘the site and the classroom’.


Piaras O' hEachteirn

Piaras Ó hEachteirn is a lecturer in Civil Engineering in NUI Galway. He is currently the head of Civil Engineering.


 




Tom Sherry (NUI, Galway)
Professor Tom Sherry is an applied mathematician working in the school of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics with interests in theoretical high-energy physics. He is currently Dean of the College of Science.

 


Frank Doheny 
(MathPrep)
Frank is a mathematics lecturer in the school of Engineering, Athlone Institute of Education.
Frank has a particular interest in Education technology. Frank will demonstrate technological developments in the teaching of mathematics on the Leaving Cert course.



Tim Regan
(Professional Development Service for Teachers - PDST)
Tim Regan is the National Co-ordinator for Maths and Sciences (Junior Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Agricultural Science, Home Economics, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics)


Bill Lynch
(Director, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment – NCCA)
Bill Lynch has responsibility for post-primary mathematics, science and technology subjects. Bill Lynch was a maths teacher for many years before taking up his post with the NCCA. Bill has overseen the implementation of Project Maths, from its inception to its ongoing delivery.

Peter Doyle (Society of Actuaries in Ireland)
Peter is working with Acorn Life in Galway as the Finance Director and Appointed Actuary (Designate). Prior to becoming an Actuary,Peter qualified and worked as a mechanical engineer.

Seán Connolly (Rathmines Senior College, IAMTA)