Louise is the course director for The MSc in Design for Health and Wellbeing and a 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 product design and health in the performance arts and design for health and healthcare products. She is also conducting projects focusing on design strategy and design education. Louise has a PhD in the area of the cognitive strategies to reach consensus in design teams.
• PI of an emerging cluster: The Creative Process meets the Creative Product - Enhancing the Performance Artist through Research, Design and Technology.
o Development of an Irish dancing shoe to mitigate against injury during performance
o Development of a product to evaluate athletes and performers perception of pain during muscle recovery
o Development of a product to improve the vocal performance and health of singers
• Development of a design thinking framework to differentiate between design thinking and the design process.
• Understanding the barriers that account for the low uptake in choosing STEM education amongst women in Ireland.
• Consensus reaching in design teams.
L Kiernan, A Ledwith, R Lynch, Comparing the dialogue of experts and novices in interdisciplinary teams to inform design education, International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 1-20
L Kiernan, A Ledwith, R Lynch, Design teams management of conflict in reaching consensus, International Journal of Conflict management.
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. https://ojs.lboro.ac.uk/DATE/article/view/2327
Kiernan, L. & Deloughry, N., How to engage design students to become problem finders as well as problem solvers. Iterations, 6 (1), 26-32. https://ulir.ul.ie/handle/10344/6680
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. https://doi.org/10.2752/175630614X13915240576022
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. https://designfactors.ie/sites/default/files/resources/TheEffectoftheMergingofDesignDisciplines.pdf
McMahon, M. and Kiernan, L. (2011). Beyond the Studio. Design Principles and Practices, 5 (3), 449-462. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/307753399_Beyond_the_Studio