Skip to content

Prof Lorraine Hanlon

co-Founder and CEO

Lorraine completed her BSc and MSc in Experimental Physics in UCD and then moved as a Research Fellow to the Space Science department at ESTEC, where she  worked for 4 years as a member of the  COMPTEL team. Her  work on gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) observed by COMPTEL and other instruments on the Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory led to her PhD in 1996. She joined the academic staff of the UCD School of Physics in 1997 and has continued to research gamma-ray bursts since then. She led the on-ground software analysis team for the Optical Monitoring Camera on ESA’s INTEGRAL satellite from 1995–1999 and has been awarded proprietary access to GRB data from INTEGRAL every year since launch in 2002. She is the Principal Investigator of the Watcher telescope which is operational in South Africa for over ten years. Her research interests also include developing new technologies for future gamma-ray instruments, under ESA contract.  Lorraine is co-founder and CEO of Parameter Space.

Dr Sheila McBreen

co-Founder and CTO

Sheila completed her PhD in 2004 on the subject of Gamma-ray Burst and Black Holes. She then worked as a Research Fellow in the European Space Agency in The Netherlands. In 2006, she was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship and moved to the Max Planck Institute for extraterrestrial physics (MPE) in Germany.  In MPE, she worked as a member of the  Gamma-Ray Burst Monitor (GBM) instrument team, currently operating on the  NASA Fermi satellite. Her role was in analysing real-time data, disseminating the results rapidly to the community and developing new software tools for the scientific exploitation of the GBM data. She joined the academic staff in UCD in late 2008.  Sheila’s scientific interests range from hardware development, to astrophysical transients such as as gamma-ray bursts to terrestrial gamma-flashes (TGFs). The latter are high energy events associated with thunderstorms. She teaches a number of modules on astrophysics and space science in UCD and is co-founder and CTO of Parameter Space.

Daniel Vagg

System Architect

Daniel has extensive experience in a wide range of computing technologies. He graduated with a degree in Physics with Computing (WIT) in 2011, worked for over 2 years as a cloud operations engineer in a mobile start-up company, and later pursued a masters in physics specialising in space science and technology ultimately achieving First Class Honours. During his masters degree, Daniel worked as an intern within Curtiss-Wright leading several software and research projects. Daniel joined Parameter Space in 2014 as the system architect on the Gaia Added Value Interface Platform (GAVIP).

Dr Derek O’Callaghan

Data Scientist

Derek was appointed as a data scientist in Parameter Space in 2015. He completed a Ph.D. in Computer Science (University College Dublin, 2014) that was focused on activity in various online social media platforms, using a combination of social network analysis and text analysis methods, and was also awarded an M.Sc. by research by UCD in 2011. He has twelve years of industry experience prior to returning to research, in a variety of software engineering roles with companies ranging from startups to larger entities such as Sun Microsystems (now Oracle) and Dresdner-Cetelem Kreditbank (now Commerz Finanz) in Germany. His interests lie in machine learning, data analytics, social network analysis, text mining, and software engineering. In Parameter Space, he is primarily working on the simulation and classification of transient sources observed by Gaia.

Dr Sinéad McGlynn

Project Manager

Sinéad completed her PhD in 2008 specialising in high energy (gamma ray, X-ray) data analysis of gamma ray bursts. She has extensive experience in the space sector, with two postdoctoral scholarships in Europe followed by 3 years of industrial experience in ENBIO Ltd., an SME based in Dublin and focussed on space-based applications of thermal control coating. Sinéad spent two years at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm and two years in the Technical University of Munich (TUM) working with the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope international collaboration. From 2013 to 2016, Sinéad worked at ENBIO in the R&D team, developing and implementing operational processes for SolarWhite, ENBIO’s proprietary white thermal control coating. She has also managed the set up of ENBIO’s production facility in Clonmel and dealt extensively with customers including the European Space Agency. Sinéad joined Parameter Space in May 2016.

Dr Ana Juracic

Earth Observation Scientist

Ana is an atmospheric physicist and joined Parameter Space in February 2017. She completed her PhD in 2016 (New Mexico Tech, USA), specialising in tropical meteorology, with special focus on tropical cyclones. Before that, she graduated with a degree in geophysics from University of Zagreb, Croatia. Her experience includes research on Croatian climate, tropical cyclone development, as well as work on NASA’s field project studying hurricanes. In Parameter Space, she is working on the development and integration of use cases for the Earth Observation platform.

Cheryl Harding

Software Engineer

Cheryl graduated with a degree in Computer Science (UCD) in 2007, before going into industry. Along the way, in 2012, she obtained a Masters degree in Computer Security and Forensics (DCU). A maker and tinkerer by disposition she loves exploring all the different ways tech can be used. Cheryl joined the development team at Parameter Space in July 2017 and is working on the Earth Observation platform.