Team

Charlotte O'Kelly

CEO

Charlotte co-founded TechWorks Marine in 2002, she has a background in Environmental Resources (BSc) and Applied Oceanography (MSc). Over the last 15 years Charlotte has worked exclusively in the field of Operational Oceanography. She has been involved in a wide range of projects worldwide, both designing and deploying metocean monitoring platforms as well as being data manager on large EU marine projects.

Since taking the helm at TechWorks Marine she has continued to develop the business into new sectors (marine renewables, aquaculture), as well as grow both the commercial side of the business and the R&D activities of the company.

Languages: English & French

Philip Trickett

Technical Director

Phil received a BEng from Kingston University before going on to a PGDip in Physical Oceanography specializing in sediment dynamics. Philip is responsible for the management of the technical team at TechWorks Marine. This includes the design and development of the TechWorks Marine Black Box (TMBB) range of data acquisition and transmission systems.

Philip’s background in real-time data acquisition system development, laid the foundations for TechWorks Marine Ltd. His key technical skills include embedded hardware, software design and implementation, operational oceanography including mooring and integrated system integration, deployment and servicing, troubleshooting of scientific sensors and hardware/software issues.

Languages: English

Dan Lazell

Operations Manager

Dan is a Marine Biologist (BSc) with over four years extensive working experience in marine engineering, consultancy, field research, environmental management and operations and logistics predominantly in the marine environment. Daniel is responsible for the operational management of Techworks Marine field team of engineers and scientists from project conception and development to final close out. Daniel has an extensive background in the marine sciences and working in remote and challenging environments including the Middle East and Indonesia. He is a highly professional and motivated person whose personal strengths are determination, kindness and efficiency.

Languages: English & Japanese

Dan Maher

Chairman

Dan is founder of Nua Venture Ltd, a strategy consultancy focused on early-stage technology-driven enterprises. He is a Commissioner of Irish Lights and a former Director of Ireland’s SmartBay Marine Test and Demonstration Facility. Between 1997 and 2009 he was the Head of Technology Strategy with ACT Venture Capital. His early career was with Digital Equipment Corporation in France and the US, and with Siemens in Germany. He is Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Academy of Technology and Innovation Assessment (Germany), and is a former Chair of IBEC’s ICT R&D Committee (Ireland). Dan has a life time passion for the marine environment.

Languages: English, French & German 

Dr. Jenny Hanafin

EO and Modelling Manager

Jenny joined Techworks in 2014 as Senior Remote Sensing Scientist, and is responsible for a team producing model and satellite earth observation data products and services for public and commercial users. She has experience in many aspects of remote sensing, from operating satellite sensors for EUMETSAT while a postdoc at Imperial College London, to developing a system to retrieve atmospheric humidity from the Geological Survey of Ireland network of GPS receivers for use in the Met Éireann forecast model. After receiving her B. Sc. in Marine Science at the National University of Ireland, Galway, she studied for a Ph. D. in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami. Since 1996 she has been involved in numerous international oceanographic and atmospheric field campaigns and research projects in the US and in Europe and has been awarded research grants as an independent researcher.

Jenny is a member of the International Electrotechnical Commission Technical Committee 114 on Marine Energy: Wave, Tidal and other Water Current Converters. She is also an Expert Evaluator for the European Commission H2020 Framework Programme. 

Languages : English & French

Dr. Karl Moore

Senior Scientist - Ocean Optics

Karl joined TechWorks Marine in August 2017 as Senior Ocean Optics Scientist. Karl has a diverse background in electro-optic instrumentation, radiative transfer and ocean colour validation activities. His main research interests have concentrated on the interaction of light in the ocean with emphasis on developing scientific ocean-going optical instruments and their calibration. Karl was awarded the Ph.D., M.Sc. and B.Sc. (Hons) degrees in Experimental Physics from University College Dublin.

Karl began his working career as test engineer for Hughes Aircraft Company, San Diego, where he was involved in testing of solid-state imaging detectors. He then completed a Ph.D. developing an ocean-going spectral radiometer for SeaWiFS validation. He held postdoc positions at the University of Miami researching the impact of whitecaps on ocean colour satellites, and later at the Marine Physical Lab (MPL) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, specialising in laser-based underwater imaging systems. At MPL he focussed on underwater laser-based imaging technology for mine countermeasures in turbid coastal waters. He also worked at Physical Sciences Inc., MA as Principal in the development of in-water fluorescent mapping probes and imaging systems for AUV deployment.

Languages : English & American

Graham Cullen

Oceanographic Engineer

Graham joined Techworks Marine in September 2013 as our oceanographic engineer. He qualified as a Mechanical Engineer in the Dublin Institute of Technology in 2009 and obtained his masters (1:1) in 2012. His master’s thesis was in the area of marine renewable energy focusing on the optimal layout of tidal turbine arrays. The research consisted of both analytical and numerical (using computational fluid dynamics) analysis of flow through tidal turbines. After finishing his masters Graham completed a five month internship with OpenHydro’s Resource Assessment team before joining Techworks Marine.

As an oceanographic engineer Graham is responsible for the design of instrument mountings for our buoys and bottom mounted frames, and is also the mechanical designer for custom client projects. Graham is also involved in equipment assembly, instrument setup, data processing and analysis, deploying and recovering marine equipment. Graham is also our operational health and safety officer and has a level 2 national power boat licence and a certificate in marine first aid.

Languages: English

Jarek Dobrzanski

Senior Software Engineer

Jarek joined TechWorks Marine in 2012 as our software engineer. As well as developing web based decision support systems Jarek’s background in business has also led to the development of new web based applications for oceanographic insitu data for public outreach. 

Jarek is responsible for the entire data web portal for TechWorks Marine, this includes, data base design and implementation as well as web page development and web map services. Jarek has an M.Sc. in Business and Marketing, Academy of Economics, Katowice, Poland and a Diploma in Computer systems.

Languages : English & Polish

 

Shane Ormond

Electronic Engineer

Shane holds a Bachelors Degree in Control and Automation Systems from the Dublin Institute of Technology. He has experience of operating in a variety of engineering, development and communication roles. As Building Management Systems Engineer for Ace Control Systems he was responsible for commissioning new Building Management Systems as well as maintaining existing systems. He is enthusiastic about teaching electronics and programming to kids and has been a senior volunteer tutor for the past 2 years in a STEM robot building workshop called RoboSlam run by students and lecturers from the Dublin Institute of Technology. 

Languages: English