Dr Declan Devine is a graduate of the Polymer Engineering programme at AIT. Following completion of his PhD studies at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), he gained international research experience as a senior researcher at the AO Research Institute in Switzerland, after which he completed a prestigious Marie Curie Research fellowship at Harvard University’s Center for Advanced Orthopaedic Studies.
Dr Devine steps into the position vacated by Professor Clement Higginbotham who stepped down from the post in mid-2015 to focus more on his own teaching and research interests. The MRI conducts interdisciplinary research focused on materials science and technology and delivery of contract development and testing services to industry. Its facilities are dedicated to materials synthesis; processing, manufacture, analysis and testing and it is home to the APT gateway.
Dr Devine paid tribute to Professor Higginbotham’s leadership of the MRI and AIT’s research ethos; “My experience of studying at AIT was so positive that I stayed on for my first postdoctoral research position there. The atmosphere, support and motivation to produce world class research were just some of the qualities that made me return to AIT after several years abroad in other world leading orthopaedic research institutes. Research is based on pursuing good ideas but these can only be enacted with the help of a great research network and research support – AIT has both in abundance. Professor Higginbotham helped create and grow the MRI to the level it is today and it is my responsibility to help to nurture his vision for this world class research institute at AIT”
Dr Devine went on to praise the work done by APT’s prinicipal investigators; Dr Luke Geever and Professor Higginbotham and the Centre Manager Dr Lyons remarking, “the APT team have built a wonderful resource for the Irish plastics industry and are successfully spearheading the provision of near to market solutions, new product development assistance and polymer processing infrastructure for polymer companies, not just in Ireland, but throughout Europe”.