Darren McDonnell

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PFIZER IRELAND: Early Stage Researcher

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Darren McDonnell graduated from the Dublin Institute of Technology in 2010 with degrees in both Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing and Design Engineering, for which he won the Institute of Engineering and Technology Manufacturing Engineering Student Prize 2010. During this time he worked as a maintenance engineer within the high output pharmaceutical sector. Upon graduation Darren worked as a mechanical design engineer in the maritime sector for a yacht design company based near Düsseldorf, Germany. This work involved the design, testing, and analysis of innovative ship hulls and supporting structures, which recently won the Automotive & Transport category of the European Aluminium Awards 2012. In 2012 Darren began a MSc (Eng) Masters degree by research in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering with Trinity College Dublin and Mercedes-Benz (Daimler AG), based in the Daimler R&D facility in Ulm, southern Germany. Darren worked as the lead Daimler researcher to oversee the completion of the large EU project ADACOM (Adaptive Control for Metal Cutting). The research centred on developing state of the art manufacturing and analysis techniques for the 5 axis machining of freeform spiral bevel gears to single digit microns of accuracy. Darren graduated from Trinity College Dublin with his MSc degree in March 2013.