Orla joined Research and Innovation Services in March 2016, a member of the growing Knowledge Exchange team. Her responsibilities include managing the marketing output of RIS, including technologies, expertise and related commercialisaiton activity. In February 2019, Orla was seconded to the new role of Industry Strategy Challenge Fund Manager, supporting implementation of the University's industrial engagement strategy.
Orla has a PhD in Atomic & Molecular Physics (Queen's University Belfast, 2012). In 2014, she completed a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between the University of Bristol and Photek, an SME in high-value manufacturing based in Sussex, England. She continued working with the company as an R&D Engineer for two years, leading the development of new spectrometer technology, and contributing to multiple FP7 and H2020 funded projects.
Awards and recognition
- 'Business Leader of Tomorrow' Award at the KTP Best of the Best Awards 2013
- 'Best Partnership' Finalists at the KTP Best of the Best Awards 2014
- Shortlisted for Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET) Young Woman Engineer of the Year in 2013.