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Dr Louise Kiernan

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Louise is a full-time lecturer on the BSc. Product Design & Technology course at the University of Limerick. She has sixteen years of industry experience as a senior design engineer and product designer working most recently with Molex to developing high volume connector products for the medical, automotive, consumer and telecommunication markets. Her research interests include, collaboration in teams, the cognitive strategies to reach consensus in teams, design for health and biomedical design and gender in design. Louise has a PhD in the area of consensus reaching in design teams.


Shore, L., Kiernan, L., DeEyto, A., Connolly, A. & White, P.J. (2018). Older Adult Insights for Age Friendly Environments, Products and Service Systems. Design and Technology Education: an International Journal, 23 (2), 40-58. ISSN 1360-1431.

Kiernan, L. & Deloughry, N., How to engage design students to become problem finders as well as problem solvers. Iterations, 6 (1), 26-32.

Kiernan, L. & Ledwith, A. (2014). Is Design Education Preparing Product Designers for the Real World? A Study of Product Design Graduates in Ireland, The Design Journal, 17 (2), 218-237.

Kiernan, L. and Ledwith, A. (2011). The Effect of the Merging of Design disciplines and it's Implication for Product Design Education. Design Principles and Practices, 5 (4), 173-186.

McMahon, M. and Kiernan, L. (2011). Beyond the Studio. Design Principles and Practices, 5 (3), 449-462.