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Mary Doyle-Kent has a proven track record both in Industry and in academia.

Working for 10 years as a New Products Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineer and Manager in Ireland and abroad, she has extensive experience in the automotive, medical device and toy industries. Her areas of interest in research and lecturing over a 20 year period in SETU and TUD range from Industry 4.0 and 5.0, human centered automation in engineering, inclusion, diversity and equality, engineering ethics and environmental design. 

Maryis a PI of a transdisciplinary SETU INSYTE research group where she head up the Cost Oriented Automation Research Unit.

In 2021 Mary graduated with a Technical Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University in Vienna Austria (TUWien) and her reseach thesis was in titled "Collaboative Robotics and Industry 5.0."

In 2019 Mary became the Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Working in the International Federation of Automaic Control's (IFAC) Technical Committee 9.5 and in 2020 she became Chair of IFACs exectutive D&I Committee which is a global position. In addition Mary is a member of the Athena Swan self-assessment team representing the School of Engineering in SETU Waterford, and is an active member of the Engineers Ireland Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Research Interests

With over 12 years of MSc thesis supervision, Mary has supervised the following:

  • The I’s of Industry 4.0: A Framework
  • Optimization of the Relationship between Humans and Robotics in Manufacturing Companies in Southeast Ireland Using a Novel Socio-Technological Methodology
  • Development of an industry 4.0 maturity/readiness model in Ireland main challenges of industry 4.0 in practice including social implications
  • Efficiency & cost analysis of variable speed pump vs constant speed pump
  • Techno-Economic Analysis of HRES in South-East of Ireland – A Case Study for 800 & 2000 Carbon Neutral Houses in Kilbarry, Waterford with PV-Wind & PV-Biomass HRES using HOMER
  • Investigation into the Sustainability of high-rise residential development in urban Ireland Using Life Cycle Assessment Method
  • An investigation into the role of the building structure on the energy use & CO2 emissions over the life-cycle of a medium rise residential building
  • Modelling energy consumption by unit product within a manufacturing facility
  • Hemp reinforced plastic bio-composites in the manufacture of construction materials
  • Commercial solar water heating systems: Design review of two of Ireland’s largest commercial solar water heating systems
  • Investigation into the sustainability of producing biodiesel at WIT using waste cooking oil from the canteens
  • Cradle to grave: What is the perspective for life cycle assessment (LCA) within the Irish business environment
  • Solar-assisted biomass district heating in rural Ireland: A study on the current performance of Ireland’s first solar assisted biomass district heating system in a rural housing development
  • Embodied Energy in Building: The effect of low embodied energy material substitution in building substitution in building structural frames

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Collaborative Robotics in Industry 5.0., TUWien

01 Jan 201821 Apr 2021

Award Date: 21 Apr 2021

Masters Degree, The Design of an Aluminium Alloy Wheel Using 3D Finite Element Analysis and Fatigue Life Prediction., Dublin City University

01 Jan 201428 Mar 2016

Award Date: 28 Mar 1996

Masters Degree, MA in Mathematics, Trinity College Dublin

01 Aug 198901 Jun 1990

Award Date: 01 Oct 1990

Bachelors Degree, Finite Element Analysis of an Open Die Forging Operation, Technological University Dublin

01 Sep 198601 Jun 1990

Award Date: 19 Jun 1990

External positions

Faculty Member in TUWien, Vienna, Austria., TUWien

01 Jan 2022 → …

Irish Management Institute Research Associate., Irish Management Institute

01 Jan 2021 → …

Visiting Lecturer in UBT Kosovo , University for Business and Technology

01 May 2017 → …

External Examiner, Bachelor Engineering Tech (Ord) Engineering Systems Maintenance, TUD., Technological University Dublin

01 Jan 201301 Jan 2017

New Products Manager - Luxottica Ireland, Waterford (Previously Bausch and Lomb-Sunglass Division) , Luxottica Trading and Finance Limited

01 Jan 199701 Jan 1999

New Products Engineer - Cartamundi, Cork Road, Waterford (Previously Hasbro Ireland), Hasbro Ireland

01 Jan 199601 Jan 1997

Project Engineer, Department of Experimental Physics - St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Maynooth University

01 Jan 199401 Jan 1996

Project Co-Ordination Engineer Design Office and Research and Development -Rockwell A.B.S. Sully-sur-Loire, France

01 Aug 199001 Jan 1994


  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Inclusion, Diversity and Equality
  • Engineering Ethics
  • Human Centered Systems
  • Industry 4.0
  • Industry 5.0
  • Collaborative Robotics


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