Class of 2022-2023, Naughton Fellowship recipient
Trinity College Dublin, 2016
Mechanical Engineering Major
Why did you choose ESTEEM?
I found myself in a job that I liked but doing things that I didn't love. I felt ESTEEM could be a doorway into the US and to careers in energy and renewables. I'm here in the hope that these opportunities can make a difference for me and in turn that I can make a difference through them.
What is your Capstone Project and why are you excited about it?
Energy Vault the swiss company who’s american headquarters is in Westlake Village, California. Their mission is to “enable a renewable world” and the problem they seek to solve is complicated. As the world begins to transition to wind, solar and other natural electricity resources they face the key barrier that these resources are not reliable in the way that we have come to expect our network to be. While fossil fuels can be dispatched as demand ebbs and flows these newer resources cannot. Energy Vault hence wants to create a suite of new energy storage technologies that can store energy and provide power at all levels and for all stakeholders of the new energy paradigm.
What do you hope to do after ESTEEM?
I hope to work in the energy transition. Helping aged infrastructure to make use of cutting-edge technology. Mostly allowing everyone to keep the lights on. After time already silent in startups I wish to move into venture capital in the hopes that this will let me have a broader influence on the suite of technologies that tomorrow's grid will need.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I don't go a week without going to the cinema, which is easy. I try not to go a month without reading a new book, which is harder. I'm going to start going longer without going to the bar, which in this ESTEEM cohort is pretty much impossible. Love rugby, tennis, surfing, arguments and swimming in the sea.