Olive O’Driscoll (Murphy)

Qualifications: BSc. Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Limerick, 1999.
MSc. Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics, University of Aberdeen, 2001.
Current Position
Technical Project Manager, Medical Engineering Design and Innovation Centre, Cork Institute of Technology.  I manage a portfolio of medical device R&D and product development projects by working closely with clinicians, industry collaborators and academic colleagues to generate intellectual property, design and manufacture medical devices and commercialise the final products through licensing agreements and campus company start-ups. MEDIC’s projects cover a number of therapeutic areas including orthopaedics, oncology, ENT, assistive rehabilitation. I also lecture part-time in Clinical Research and Good Clinical Practice (GCP) to Bachelor of Science students in CIT."
Career Path
"Since graduating from Sport and Exercise Science I further developed my knowledge and experience through studying for an MSc in Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics at University of Aberdeen. I was then accepted onto a 1 year training program, run by the National Health Service, (UK) to become a Biomedical engineer in hospitals.  After that I worked in the Medical Device Industry for a number of years, both with multi-nationals and small, start up companies.  I was particularly interested in work on patient related research, Clinical Research.  I managed clinical trials for new medical device products such as cardiovascular catheters (Medtronic CryoCath), Radiotherapy device for Breast Cancer treatment (University College London & Carl Zeiss), Breast Cancer drug trials (Cancer Research UK) and an osteoporosis diagnostic device (Crescent Diagnostics)."
Why did you choose to Study Sport & Exercise Sciences at UL?
"I chose the course because I was very interested in both science and sport in school and thought the core modules of Psychology, Biomechanics and Physiology were very interesting and diverse."
Where did you do your COOP?
"Cathal Brugha Barracks, Irish army.
Whilst working with the army for 8 months, I gained practical experience in assessing fitness and prescribing programmes, as well as educating new army recruits about fitness, exercise and health. I also learned the skills required to work within a professional team to meet the high health and fitness standards set by the Irish Army"

What advice would you give to school goers considering choosing Sport and Exercise Sciences
"The degree is an excellent basic science degree and offers a wealth of different career opportunities. I was particularly interested in biomechanics and its clinical/medical application and chose a career in biomedical engineering and clinical research.  I never would have known that career had even existed had it not been for my biomechanics lecturer, who had also studied at University of Aberdeen."
What advice would you give to future graduates of Sport and Exercise Sciences?  
"Continue to develop on the subjects you enjoyed in Sport and Exercise Sciences either with further study or into the work force.  Don’t be afraid to take on new challenges and always do what you enjoy. It’s a long life and you don’t want to be stuck in a job that you dread going into every morning. Don’t always follow the money; the money will follow you if you are passionate about what you do and are good at your job."