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 education. Louise has a PhD in the area of cognitive processes, conflict and consensus in design teams.


Current projects:

PI of an emerging cluster: The Creative Process meets the Creative Product - Enhancing the Performance Artist through Research, Design and Technology.

The development of a product solution to Mitigate against the risk of injury due to the heavy Irish dancing shoe.

The development of a product solution to mitigate against the risk of injury and to increase usability with the light Irish dancing shoe.

The development of a product solution to support the health and performance of the vocal tracts for singers and those receiving voice therapy. 

Understanding the barriers that account for the low uptake in choosing STEM education amongst women in Ireland.




L Kiernan, A Ledwith, R Lynch, Comparing the dialogue of experts and novices in interdisciplinary teams to inform design educationInternational 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