Paula has been a lecturer in UCD since 2003. Her background is in electrical engineering (Kevin St., DIT, 1986).
She has an MSc in Computer Science (DCU, 1996). The topic of her dissertation was Heuristic Techniques (Simulated Annealing and Genetic Algorithms) for routing in Telecommunications Networks. Paula also has a Masters in Management Science from the Smurfit School of Business (UCD, 2005). The topic of this dissertation was the Polyhedral Approach to Telecommunications Networks Design Problems.
Paula's PhD was in the field of Combinatorial Optimisation. Her thesis was titled "The Ring Spur Assignment Problem".
Paula has considerable experience in both academia and industry. Prior to joining UCD she worked as a Software Developer with the ESB (Ireland's semi-state electricity company), in Quality Assurance with DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation) and in Business Planning and Management (an MIS role) with eircom (Ireland's former incumbent telco). She has also lectured in DCU.
Paula is currently Academic Coordinator of the Bachelor of Commerce (International) Programme.