University College Dublin, Ireland
Dr Ahearne has a primary degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree by research in the field of manufacturing engineering. He has over 20 years experience in industry, and 17 in academia. After graduating as a Mechanical Engineer, he was employed by Donnelly Mirrors Ltd., a subsidiary of a US multinational corporation supplying "vision systems" to the global automotive industry. His roles at Donnelly included as Manufacturing Engineer, Research and Development Manager and Engineering Manager. After Donnelly, he set up an engineering design company, Setanta Design International Ltd., and operated in the roles of Managing Director and Engineering Director. In particular, he has been responsible for many successful research and development projects, providing competitive advantage through new knowledge and innovation.