Core Team

Brian O’Regan, Senior Research Engineer

Senior Research Engineer

Brian joined the team in July 2016, and has a Masters in Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, both from University College Cork.

Brian is head of the Software for Innovative Energy Research Application (SIERRA) Group, whose primary aim is to deliver intuitive transparent software applications that contribute to the digitalisation of the energy sector, and promote the use of software in efficient management of energy processes.  Additionally, SIERRA aims to contribute to strategic energy research and the role software and systems can play in their development and operation.

He is Project Coordinator of the Cooperative Energy Trading System (CENTS) project, which was funded under the Irish Governments Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF), which aims to provide a mechanism for trading of electricity from renewable energy sources.  In addition, he is the IERC Principal Investigator of the BIM4EEB H2020 project, which will develop and demonstrate a Building Information Model (BIM) toolkit for Efficient Renovation in Buildings.  He is a Technical Committee member of the NSAI (NSAI/TC 002/SC 16 “Blockchain and electronic distributed ledger technologies”) and National Co-Lead on the IEA DSM TCP Global Observatory on Peer-to-Peer, Community Self-Consumption & Transactive Energy Models.

Brian’s research interests are in Data Analytics, Building Energy Performance, Blockchain, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Machine Learning.


Shafi K Khadem, Senior Researcher

Senior Researcher

Dr. Shafi Khadem joined the IERC in October 2014 as a Researcher and in March 2016 was promoted to the role of Senior Researcher where he leads the research in the thematic area of embedded and distributed generation systems. In his current position at IERC, he is involved in conceptualizing, scoping and developing research proposals for collaborative research projects between industries (members of the IERC) and academia and in parallel preparing and submitting research proposals for the European research framework H2020 both as a coordinator and research partner. Currently he is coordinating a collaborative research project on community microgrid.   Before joining the IERC Shafi was an IRCSET post-doctoral research fellow and jointly worked with Trinity College Dublin (IE) and Integrated Environmental Solutions (UK) on smart energy management systems for buildings, especially on energy efficient harmonic load and renewable energy systems modelling with power quality analysis for virtual environment platform.

Shafi holds a PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Dublin Institute of Technology (IE). He has more than 16 years of research experience with universities, international organizations and SME companies. His research work was spread over the wide area of distributed generation integrated networks with special focus on power quality improvement and energy efficient solutions for intelligent energy systems and integration. Throughout his professional life, Dr Khadem has participated in numerous projects and published more than 40 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals, conference proceedings and book chapters. He is currently serving as technical reviewer for several peer-reviewed International journals/conferences and H2020 MSCA (IF) proposals evaluator. He is also a member of IEEE smart grid community.

Piyush Verma, Senior Energy Market Analyst

Piyush currently works as Senior Energy Market Analyst at the International Energy Research Centre, Cork, Ireland. He is an energy policy professional focused on the development of energy efficiency, renewable energy and climate change policies through an integrated approach. He has significant experience in technology related policy and has developed and implemented several projects and policies in India, Vanuatu, and New Zealand. He has published more than 20 peer-reviewed publications and has received several national/international level awards.

Piyush has been selected as Global Future Energy Leader from World Energy Council, London and participating as Active Expert in Energy Innovation and Energy Trilemma Working Group of the World Energy Council. He is also representing Ireland as a Future Energy Leader in Global Energy Dialogues.

He is an Electrical Engineer, has a postgraduate in Power System Engineering and a PhD in Energy Efficiency Technology and Policy from The University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is also a Certified Energy Manager of Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Government of India.

Carlos Ochoa, Senior Researcher

Dr Carlos Ochoa joined the IERC as a Building Energy Senior Researcher, after previous participation in FP7 and H2020 projects with Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He obtained his doctoral and master’s degrees from the same institute on the subject of architectural planning of intelligent facade elements. Additionally, he had a postdoctoral stay at Eindhoven University of Technology. His Bachelor studies are in Architecture, having graduated from Universidad Centroamericana “Jose Simeon Canas” of El Salvador. He has ample experience in building energy modelling with leading packages such as EnergyPlus. His research focus is on balancing energy savings with user quality, and is also knowledgeable of sustainable design of climate-adaptable buildings using both passive and active technologies.

Jo Southernwood, Senior Research Engineer

Low Carbon Energy Solutions Researcher

Jo is a skilled energy consultant and project manager who joined the IERC in February 2017. She is a CIBSE Low Carbon Consultant, an ESOS Lead Assessor and Practitioner member of IEMA, with over 10 years’ experience of working in the energy efficiency and low carbon technology sectors and a deep understanding of the challenges associated with building services and energy management.

After graduating from Cambridge with an MEng in Chemical Engineering, Jo took the decision to specialise in energy and carbon management and took part in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership working with a food manufacturer and the London South bank University to gain a further MSc in Sustainable Development for SMEs. This early role gave her an excellent understanding of the challenges faced by businesses wanting to improve their environmental credentials and would be invaluable experience for her future career.

More recently Jo has worked as an energy specialist both for other consultancies and her own business. Over her career her role has involved developing climate change strategies, coordinating European collaborative projects, conducting renewable & low carbon technology feasibility studies, and carrying out energy audits for a range of clients including public sector bodies, property management companies, manufacturing facilities and retailers. At IERC, Jo’s role is to use her commercial experience and research capabilities to develop practicable energy related solutions for industry.

Andreea Le Cam, Research Assistant

Research Assistant

Andreea joined the IERC team in July 2019. Her role is to assist in projects on the subject of energy efficiency in buildings.

She has completed her education at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, where she has received both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Building Engineering. During that period, she wrote a thesis about calibrating building energy models using the Building Energy Management System data.

She has previously worked as an Energy Efficiency Engineer with Natural Resources Canada, where she has been involved in the Greening Government Operations, a program which aims to reduce the GHG emissions of the federal government’s buildings. This role provided her with an in-depth understanding of energy and GHG emission policies, energy performance strategies, as well as practical experience in writing technical and high-level executive reports. She has also provided technical support for projects such as Energy Audits and Recommissioning projects.

Aziz Saif, Research Assistant

Aziz joined the IERC team in November, 2019. At IERC, his role will be to assist in projects related with renewable energy integration, smart grid, distributed energy resources.

Aziz received his Master’s degree in Power Engineering in KTH- Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden and Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Netherlands. He completed his Master’s thesis under Electrical Energy Systems (EES) Group, TU/e, Netherlands where he worked on the development of production cost model incorporating both uncertainty associated with wind power plants and flexibility offered by electric vehicles. Previously, he worked as a university faculty in Bangladesh for around four and a half years.

His research interests are focused on operation of power grid with high renewable generation, power system dynamics and stability, demand response, optimal sizing of energy storage.

Eimear Corridan, Centre Administrator

Centre Administrator

Eimear joined the IERC in January 2020. She is responsible for managing the day to day activities of the centre. Eimear has numerous years’ experience working in the multinational corporations, she has a knowledge in account management, client relations, event organization and administrative support at an executive level.

Eoin O’Leidhin, Research Engineer

Research Engineer

Eoin joined the team in December 2017, and has a Masters in Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering both from University of Limerick.

He previously worked with a heating distribution company, sizing and designing underfloor, wall and ceiling heating systems.

Eoin also worked for many years designing and developing website and software applications, including developing paperless form systems for energy audits and installations.

He has also previously worked as a Logistics Manager in the Educational Sector where he oversaw energy improvements and developing a long-term sustainability plan for the college.

Eoin’s role is to assist on various SIERRA Group projects.

Farah Tahir, Research Assistant

Research Assistant

Farah joined the IERC as a Research Assistant in May 2019. She has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science (Web Systems Engineering), and is currently progressing with her Masters in Data Science and Analytics, both from University College Cork.

Previously, as part of her undergraduate degree, she had worked as an intern in the software team with the IERC for the duration of her internship in 2017. At the time she was assisting in the projects, developing web applications, and building a software tool for executing energy audits and for measuring and verifying achieved energy savings.

Currently, Farah’s role is to assist in the IERC projects, particularly focusing on the software and data analytics areas

Karen Mould, Research Assistant

Research Assistant

Karen obtained a bachelors degree in Marine Environmental Science from Portsmouth University, after which she spent several years researching coastal environments as a marine biologist, as well working in coastal, marine and heritage tourism.

Karen also holds a higher diploma in Applied Computing Technology, and a MSc in Interactive Media from UCC.

Karen’s interests include ecology, sustainability and technology

Kevin Butler, Intern

Kevin is a third year Energy Engineering Student in UCC from Wexford. He is working with the Integrated Energy Systems team at IERC for his third year college placement.

Lorena Sanchez, Intern

Lorena  joined in October 2019 the IERC as an intern as part of her Master’s Programme in Energy Engineering (with a specialty inRenewable Energies)  at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, where she got previously her Bachelor’s Degree in Energy Engineering too.

During the last year, she has collaborated as a researcher in the Department of Energy & Fuels of her university in studies related to Life Cycle Assessment of the Spanish Electricity Mix, which constitutes the topic of her Bachelor’s and Master’s Thesis.

She has also worked in Madrid as Technical Manager in a company that designs and operate PV plants, participating in  the management of PV plants connected to the grid in Spain, in addition to  projects of self-consumption in South America and Middle East, as well as in  isolated grids in Zambia.

Currently, Lorena is part of the Embedded Distributed Generation Systems Team in the IERC, where she is working in the research and development of local energy networks projects in Ireland and other countries of the EU

Maeve McGinn, Project Coordinator

Project Coordinator

Maeve has over ten years’ experience of working in a research environment, including the position of Technology Centre Coordinator for the CCAN (Nanotechnology) and MCCI (Microelectronics) Technology Centres, and has spent the last 5 years working as a senior administrator and project coordinator for the IERC.  She has extensive experience of liaising with executive board members, external partners, client companies, funding bodies and suppliers.  Maeve is experienced in project management, finance management, event management, marketing and communications and her qualifications include a degree in Business in Accounting from Cork Institute of Technology.


Mohamed Bahloul, Researcher

Mohamed joined the IERC team in March 2017 as a research engineer. He is involved in projects related to the smart grid, storage systems and renewable energy systems.  Mohamed holds a PhD in Electrical and System Control Engineering from the National School of Engineer on Sfax, Tunisia. He has a Masters degree in Modeling Information and Systems from the University of Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France, and a  Msc. in International Business Management from ESIEE and ESC, Amiens, France.

Before joining IERC, Mohamed was a Post-doctoral researcher and a teaching assistant at University of Sfax. He was also a visiting researcher at the University of Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France, and the Federal University of Technology of Paraná, Brazil. He has participated in many research projects and has published more than 10 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals and conference proceedings. He is also a member of IEEE Industrial Application Society (IEEE-IAS).

Mohamed Daoud, Researcher

Mohamed Daoud joined the IERC team as a researcher in October 2019. He has more than 10 years of research experience. Prior to this role, he was a senior researcher at Qatar Foundation where he was involved in developing solutions for renewables, power converters, energy storage systems, and motor drives.

He holds a PhD from Politecnico Di Torino, Italy. Throughout his professional career, he has participated in several projects and published more than 20 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals, conference proceedings and book chapters.

Dr. Daoud is a Senior IEEE Member.

Rosemarie Mac Sweeney, Sustainability Advisor

Rosemarie’s career began in Architectural Technology in the 1990s, and she subsequently spent over a decade working in architectural and engineering practices in Cork and Dublin.

In the last decade Rosemarie has worked in academia and research, first as a lecturer and researcher at CIT, then as a researcher in UCC primarily working on EU funded (FP7 & Horizon2020) energy research projects.

Rosemarie’s educational qualifications include a Masters degree (by research) in Architecture from CIT, and two post graduate certificates in Sustainable Development and Environmental Sustainability from the University of Exeter and University College Dublin.

Her interests are sustainability, climate action, energy, the circular economy & sustainable resource use, project management, and empowering women

Ruchi Agrawal, Research Assistant

Research Assistant

Ruchi is a Bureau of Energy Efficiency (Govt. of India) Certified Energy Auditor and  holds first class Masters in Energy Studies from University of Pune, India as a scholar of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Govt. of India.

Previous to joining the IERC, Ruchi worked with Energy auditing firms based out of Bangalore, India in the field of Energy Audit and have carried out several projects including Electrical Health Analysis, Electrical and Fire Safety Analysis, Utility Bill Analysis, Energy Consumption Analysis of Various Electrical Utilities.

In addition, she has worked for India’s first Parabolic Trough Technology Solar Thermal Power Plant Project based out of Rajasthan as a Project Coordinator.


Sinead O’Sullivan, Intern

Sinéad is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at University College Cork. She is undergoing an internship with the International Energy Research Company as part of her work placement for her degree.

Sinéad has previously interned with Arvoia, where she was involved in the development of an automated testing system for the company’s software products.

During her time here at the IERC, she will be a member of a team that develops new web-based tools and software, with an emphasis on sustainable energy.

Stephen O’Donovan, Intern

Stephen is currently completing an undergraduate degree in Computer Science in University College Cork. Enjoying all parts of the course, he has a particular interest in software engineering and mathematics. He hopes to continue his education to the post graduate level once he has earned his degree.

He is currently interning with the International Energy Research Company as part of his work placement, where he is part of a team developing new software projects and tools. He is proud to contribute to a team that innovates technologically while also promoting environmental causes.

Stephen’s enthusiasm for computing extends to both hardware and software. He has built several gaming computers over the years and is regularly called on to help solve computing problems. He enjoys learning about new and developing aspects of the software and hardware world.

Temujin Altansan, Intern

Energy Engineering student, always motivated to learn new and fascinating things.

Dr Yongli Yuan, Researcher

Dr Yongli Yuan joined the IERC as an energy modeling researcher in September 2018. Prior to this Yongli worked for United Technologies Research and Design Centre (Shanghai) as a senior research engineer. During that period, she was involved in several projects of model based control development for kinds of refrigeration systems. She has a number of year’s experience in refrigeration system modelling with Dymola/Modelica. She holds a PhD in heat, gas supply, ventilating and air conditioning engineering in Tongji University (China). She is qualified in designing and analyzing building energy system in both experimental and computational simulation means. She did both experimental and simulation analysis for a radiant system integrated with building during her doctoral period. She has solid experience in building thermal simulation as well as detailed and simplified building energy system modelling. She was a major participant of several collaborative projects, including the energy system retrofitting for Water Cube (National Aquatics Centre of China), low exergy technologies development and demonstration for building energy conservation of village and small town(national research program of China), etc.



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