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Ultan is currently a lecturer in the Department of Land Management at South East Technological University (SETU). He holds a Ph.D. in Biosystems Engineering from UCD which investigated the feasibility of Ultra High Frequency RFID as an Automatic ID Data Carrier for Food Supply Chain Traceability. Following this, his MBA focused on electronic traceability as a Competitive Tool toward an organisational Sustainable Competitive Advantage. Before joining SETU Ultan spent a number of years as a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of South Florida, USA and as a research centre manager at IMaR Technology Gateway.

He currently serves as associate Vice president of finance for the IEEE CRFID 2023 2025. Ultan has been awarded IEEE CRFID distinguished Lecturer, an award for global renowned experts to support them in efforts to  share their knowledge, expertise, and insights into the future of "The Electronic transformation of AgriFood Systems ".

Current areas of Interest focus on Supply chain and cold chain management related to food security. His research to date has involved the development of improving supply chain management applications using a variety of technologies (Radio Frequency Identification, Wireless sensor networks) in combination with analytical tool s and techniques to improve processes and reduce waste.

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

MBA, UHF RFID and the EPCglobal Network as an Organisational Competitive Tool toward a Sustainable Competitive Advantage

Award Date: 01 Sep 2010

PhD, Assessment of UHF RFID as an Automatic ID Data Carrier for Item Level Food Supply Chain Traceability, University College Dublin

Award Date: 01 Apr 2009

Masters Degree, Investigation of Milk Coagulation Kinetics Using Near-Infra Red Spectroscopy, University College Dublin

Award Date: 02 Apr 2005

External positions

Associate Vice President of Finance, IEEE Council on RFID (CRFID)

01 Jan 202331 Dec 2025

IEEE Technical Council on RFID

01 Jan 202331 Dec 2025

Affiliate Graduate Faculty PhD Committee Member, University of South Florida


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