Meet the Team

Sheila Donegan

Sheila's Bio

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 Gill

Eoin's Bio

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 Society’s committee for Raising Public Awareness of Maths.

R. Burke

Rosario Burke

Rosario's Bio

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.

Oonagh Trehin

Oonagh's Bio

Oonagh is a registered associate nutritionist, with a background in public health. Having worked in health education and non-formal education settings, Oonagh has developed an interest in encouraging learning outside the classroom and at all ages. Oonagh is passionate about promoting STEM for all and teaching people that science isn’t scary.

Kayleigh Foran

Kayeligh's Bio

Kayleigh Foran joined the Calmast team as a student intern and now coordinates their diverse range of public engagement.

She is passionate about creating relevant conversations around Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and its wide-ranging impacts on our society. Kayleigh believes it is important for everyone to have the tools to discuss and critique STEM and its effects the world around us. She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies specialising with a MSc in Science and Health Communication from Dublin City University and a certificate in Project Management from National University of Ireland, Galway.

Enrica Amplo

Enrica's Bio

Enrica Amplo is a ‘digital culture 4all’ advocate with a startup-environment background and a strong ‘everything by design’ mindset. Enrica loves to create opportunities where technology, design, and education collide for a better future. She has partnered and collaborated with schools, universities, companies, museums, and non-profits. Before joining Calmast she lectured on Prototyping and Design thinking in The Idea Translation Lab in Trinity College Dublin.

Enrica founded La Tata Robotica in 2015 when STEAM / STEM education was in its infancy in Italy. She is passionate about engaging children and teachers in robotics, technology, AI, and coding. ‘Technology is a revolution and everyone deserves to be part of it.’