Meet the Team
Sheila DoneganDirector, Calmast
Sheila Donegan is a lecturer in Chemistry and Director of Calmast – the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Outreach centre at Waterford IT and co-founder of Maths Week. She is very active in the promotion of STEM and holds many national positions in this area. In 2007 Sheila , along with her colleague Eoin Gill were awarded the EU Descartes award for Science Communication in 2007, the highest EU award in this area. Previous winners of this award were Bill Bryson and David Attenborough.
Eoin GillCoordinator, Maths Week Ireland
Eoin Gill is co-director of Calmast STEM Outreach Centre at Waterford Institute of Technology. He has been the coordinator of Maths Week since its foundation in 2006. He is a chartered engineer and a member of the European Maths Societys committee for Raising Public Awareness of Maths.
Cordula WeissCalmast Programme Manager
Cordula studied chemistry and nanotechnology at Monash University, Australia, and Chalmers University, Sweden, graduating with an MSc in Chemistry & Management from Ulm University, Germany. She completed a PhD in materials chemistry at Waterford Institute of Technology in June 2018. In September 2017, she joined the Calmast Team as Programme Manager. She is the German representative of the Native Scientist in the South East of Ireland and also judges at a regional Young Scientist competition in Germany.
Rosario BurkeEducational Resources Manager
Rosario is a graduate of UCC and first taught Maths in Waterford Regional Technical College (now WIT) in 1979. Since then she has taught Maths, Biology & Physics in both secondary schools and her own Tuition Centre. A past Vice-Chair of the Irish Maths Teachers Association she recently retired after 20 years teaching in Mercy Secondary School, Waterford.
A member of the Advisory Board of Calmast , she is active in STEM events in the region including Maths Circles, a maths enrichment programme in WIT.
Diane MurphyEducational Resources Manager
Diane is a mathematician and maths educator with several years’ experience teaching maths in the Irish secondary school system. She graduated from the University College Cork with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics and Geography. In 2013 she attended University of Limerick and completed her Professional Diploma in Education, specific to the teaching of mathematics. Diane joined the Calmast team in July 2019 as the Education Resources Manager where she uses her teaching experience to develop workshops and learning materials for maths engagement.
Ben DolanDigital Engagement Manager
Ben trained as a silversmith before pursuing a successful career in advertising as a designer and art director. As a producer/director with Glass Eye Productions Ben made public service and promotional films for corporate and public sector clients specialising in telecoms, media, politics and food. His design consultancy has encompassed live streaming, multimedia, web and film. He has an honours degree in Art from IT Carlow and has exhibited widely in group and solo shows. Ben worked as marketing manager for Wallace Bros. before joining the Calmast team as Digital Engagement Manager.