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My education as an Engineer started in Bolton Street, DIT,  with an honours degree in Production Engineering and MA in Mathematics from TCD. In addition I have added a MEng, MEng and Technical Doctorate to my qualifications. I am a Chartered Member of Engineers Ireland for over 20 years. 

During the first ten years of my career as a Production/Manufacturing Engineer I worked in the area of new products in the automotive industry in the Loire Valley, France, the toy industry in Waterford, Ireland and the sunglasses industry also in Waterford, Ireland.

Around this time I also was involved in a Brite Euram research project in the Department of Experimental Physics, Maynooth College, Co Kildare, I lectured in Bolton St. DIT in the evenings and undertook a research Masters in Engineering in Dublin City University.

I am currently the Programme Leader for the BEng in Manufacturing Engineering course (WD208) and the BEng in Mechanical Engineering (WD207) . I have an interest in the following areas: inclusion, diversity and equality in engineering, mentoring, engineering ethics, environmental design and effective communications skills

In 2019-2020 I was Chair of Engineers Ireland South East Region, 2018-2019 Vice Chair, and from 2016-2018 Secretary. I am the WIT third level Advocate for Engineers Ireland and have coordinated EI STEPS Transition Year programmes.

Since 2017 I have sat up and coordinated four Erasmus exchange programmes for the School of Engineering: IUT Dijon/ Université de Bourgogne, IUT Aix-Marseille Université, Czech, University of Life Sciences Prague and Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria.


Waterford Institute of Technology, Cork Road, Waterford      

2021 – present - Programme Leader, BEng in Mechanical Engineering, Department of Engineering Technology.           

2014 – present - Programme Leader, BEng in Manufacturing Engineering, Department of Engineering Technology.

2000 - present - Lecturer in Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, Department of Engineering Technology.

Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street, Dublin 1.

1995 - 1997Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering in Bolton Street, School of Engineering, DIT .                                                 

Research activities:

I am a member of The Centre for INformation SYstems and TEchno-culture (INSYTE)  which is an interdisciplinary, cross-faculty research centre in the field of information systems and organizations.

In 2019 I was nominated as Chair of the International Federation Automatic Control (IFAC) TC9.5 Working Group on Inclusion and Diversity.

In 2020 I was nominated Chair of IFAC D&I Committee.

I am also a Member of IFAC's Council.

In 2021 I became an Irish Management Institute Associate.

2013-2015 - External Examiner, Bachelor Engineering Tech (Ord) Engineering Systems Maintenance, Dublin Institute of Technology.

1997-1999 - New Products Manager, Luxottica Ireland, Waterford (Previously Bausch and Lomb-Sunglass Division).

1996 - 1997 - New Products Engineer, Cartamundi, Cork Road, Waterford (Previously Hasbro Ireland).

1994 -1996 - Project Engineer, Department of Experimental Physics, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. 

1990 -1994 - Project Co-Ordination Engineer, (Design Office and Research and Development Engineer), Rockwell A.B.S. Sully-sur-Loire, France .                                                                                                       

Doyle-Kent, M. and Kopacek, P., 2022. Collaborative Robotics Making a Difference in the Global Pandemic. In Digitizing Production Systems (pp. 161-169). Springer, Cham.

Kopacek, P. and Doyle-Kent, M., 2022. Education in Engineering Management for the Environment. In Digitizing Production Systems (pp. 413-420). Springer, Cham

Doyle-Kent, M. and Kopacek, P., 2021. Adoption of Collaborative Robotics in Industry 5.0. An Irish industry case study. IFAC-PapersOnLine, 54(13), pp.413-418.

Kopacek, P. and Doyle-Kent, M., 2021. Selected Development Trends of TECIS. IFAC-PapersOnLine, 54(13), pp.1-7.

Mizanur, M., Kent, M.D. and Kopacek, P., 2021. Techno-Economic Analysis of HRES in South-East of Ireland. IFAC-PapersOnLine, 54(13), pp.454-459.

Chowdhury, F.N., Marinova, G., Ciuperca, E., Bhattacharya, B.S. and Doyle-Kent, M., 2021. The State of Play in Diversity and Inclusion in STEM–A Review of Empirical Evidence, Focusing on Gender. IFAC-PapersOnLine, 54(13), pp.570-575.

Doyle-Kent, M. and Watson, E., 2021. D&I in Engineering Education, past, present, and future: A Country Case Study of Ireland. IFAC-PapersOnLine, 54(13), pp.564-569.

O’Neill, B., Stapleton, L., Doyle-Kent, M. and Kopacek, P., 2021. Diversity and Inclusion Working Group: Raising the Profile of Diversity and Inclusion in IFAC. IFAC-PapersOnLine, 54(13), pp.576-581.

Bula, I., Kent, M.D., Bula, E. and Hajrizi, E., 2021. Challenges of Women working as Engineers: A comparative study between Kosovo and Ireland. IFAC-PapersOnLine, 54(13), pp.545-550.

Bula, I., Kent, M.D., Bula, E. and Hajrizi, E., 2021. Diversity and Inclusion of Women working as Engineers: A comparative study between Kosovo and Ireland. IFAC-PapersOnLine, 54(13), pp.375-380.

Bula, I., Kent, M.D. and Kopacek, P., 2020. Diversity and Inclusion in Automation. And Robotics & Informations System And Engineering, p.21.

Kent, M.D. and Kopacek, P., 2020, September. Social and Ethical Aspects of Automation. In The International Symposium for Production Research (pp. 363-372). Springer, Cham.

Kent, M.D. and Kopacek, P., 2020, September. Do we need synchronization of the human and robotics to make Industry 5.0 a success story?. In The International Symposium for Production Research (pp. 302-311). Springer, Cham.

Kent, M.D., Chowdhury, F.N., Costello, O., O’Neill, B., Organ, J., Kopacek, P. and Stapleton, L., 2020. TECIS Inclusion and Diversity working group vision. IFAC-PapersOnLine, 53(2), pp.17415-17420.

Doyle-Kent, M. and Kopacek, P., 2019, August. Industry 5.0: Is the Manufacturing Industry on the Cusp of a New Revolution? In Proceedings of the International Symposium for Production Research 2019 (pp. 432-441). Springer, Cham.

Doyle-Kent, M., Fanning, M., O’Brien, D. and Kopacek, P., 2019. Cost Oriented robotic arm optimised to aid independence. IFAC-PapersOnLine, 52(25), pp.125-130.

Kent, M.D., Costello, O. and Kopacek, P., 2019. Where are all the Irish women engineers: a case study. IFAC-PapersOnLine, 52(25), pp.136-141.

Costello, O., Kent, M.D. and Kopacek, P., 2019. Integrating Education into Maintenance Operations: an Irish case study. IFAC-PapersOnLine, 52(25), pp.415-420.

Costello, O., Kent, M.D. and Kopacek, P., 2019. Cost-Orientation Maintenance Engineering: Case Study of an Irish Manufacturing Plant. IFAC-PapersOnLine, 52(25), pp.409-414.

Hersh, M., Stapleton, L., Kopacek, P., Groumpos, P., Kent, M.D., Fanning, M. and Costello, O., 2019. Panel Discussion: Sustainable Engineering for 21St Century and Beyond. IFAC-PapersOnLine, 52(25), pp.585-587.

Kent, M.D., Costello, O., Phelan, S. and Petrov, K., 2018. Cost Oriented Maintenance Management Systems for Manufacturing Processes. IFAC-PapersOnLine, 51(30), pp.48-53.

Nolan, T. and Doyle-Kent, M., 2018. An Investigation into the Role of the Building Structure on Energy Use & CO2 Emissions over the Life Cycle of a Medium-Rise Residential Building. IFAC-PapersOnLine, 51(30), pp.60-65.

Kent, M.D., Curtis, H., Darcy, R., Stapleton, L. and Norton, S., 2016. Efficiencies through the automatic control of age-profiled manufacturing machines: A case study of cost-saving in an Irish production facility. IFAC-PapersOnLine, 49(29), pp.42-47.

Fahey, D., Doyle-Kent, M. and O’Leary, P., 2014, April. Energy reduction model for Irish public sector waste. A case study by WIT. In Proceedings in GV-Global Virtual Conference (No. 1).