The Team delivering Energy Efficient WWT…
Wayne Byrne, Managing Director & Co-Founder
Wayne is the commercial visionary and holds an International Executive MBA from Smurfit College of Business, and a Diploma in Advanced Management from University College Dublin (UCD). In the last 6 years Wayne Byrne acquired, restructured, and sold a major Waste equipment supply company, Manvik Group. Manvik had over 80 staff, a turnover in excess of €40M, and had operations in UK and Ireland. Wayne seeking more challenges in the clean technology space went on to set up Biocore Environmental Limited and has established a significant presence in wastewater sludge management and renewable energy production. Wayne successfully sold Biocore to the management team in early 2016.
Wayne is a resourceful, experienced senior manager and managing director, with experience in both private and public sectors. He has brought multiple start-up and established companies including MNC’s (Computer Associate, SAP) through multiple phases of international growth. He is experienced in business acquisition, disposal and business transformation. Wayne is an enthusiastic leader and team builder who is highly analytical and financially aware. He has an impressive track record of developing and implementing operational and business strategies. In the last 6 years Wayne has secured over €30M in debt and equity.
Prof. Eoin Casey, Co-Founder
Prof Eoin Casey is OxyMem’s figurehead and is the worldwide pioneer of MABR technology,
having written the seminal papers on the topic, (e.g. Casey et al, 1999). Eoin introduced the name MABR, filed a key-enabling patent (OxyMem), and is an acknowledged expert in MABR (3 out of the 10 highest cited papers for this technology) and authorship of the recent critical review in the top ranked journal Environmental Science and Technology.
Eoin is a Professor in the UCD School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering. His research is focused on bacterial adhesion and biofilms. The application of this research is directed primarily towards wastewater treatment processes. His research group is active in advanced membrane separation technologies, bio-plastic production and bioprocess scale-up. Achievements: Six PhD students supervised to completion, 26 peer-reviewed journal articles, one book chapter, 20 refereed conference proceedings, and 12 invited talks. Since 2002 he has led the Biofilm Engineering Research Group in the School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering.
Dr. Eoin Syron, Technical Director & Co-Founder
Dr. Eoin Syron is our technical leader and innovator. A graduate from the school of Chemical
Engineering UCD. Where Eoin also conducted a PhD, The subject of his thesis was an investigation of the membrane aerated biofilm reactor, which resulted in a patent, which he made in partnership with Eoin Casey. This patent forms the basis for the OxyMem proposition.
Eoin spent 3 years with Veolia. 1 year in the United States working as a Process Engineer where he was involved in the design and tender of industrial wastewater treatment plants, the investigation of biological treatment for Oil and Gas waste water and evaluating new technologies for inclusion into the Veolia portfolio and; 2 years with Veolia Enironnment Research and Innovation in Paris, France, In this position his role included managing the direction and the execution of both internal technology development projects and funded external projects along with providing technical support for some of the international Design and Build teams. Eoin was involved with a number of collaborative projects involving business units and Univiersitites from across the world.
In 2011 Eoin returned to the Biofilm group (UCD) to continue the development of OxyMem, this time focusing on scale up issues and investigating full-scale deployment of the technology.
Barry Heffernan (PhD, BSc), Chief Operations Officer
Barry is the most recent addition to OxyMem’s leadership team. He joins us from Biothane (Veolia) where he spent the last 7 years in a high growth business. Barry has deep experience in process engineering, designing industrial wastewater treatment plants, project management, technical sales, industrial wastewater engineering, product development, implementation and standardization.
Barry also happens to be one of the co-inventors of the MABR control system, OxyMem’s foundation IP…welcome home Barry!
Prof. Michael Semmens, Senior Technical Advisor
Prof Semmes joined Oxymem as a Senior Technical Advisor and brings with him over 30 years of experience of membranes in wastewater applications. Michael is Professor emeritus in University of Minnesota and currently a visiting Professor in University of Padoa, Italy.
John Geaney, Manufacturing Manager
John Geaney is our Manufacturing Manager and holds a BSC (1986) and a Masters in Technology Management (2010) from NUIG. John has over 25 year’s industrial experience in Semiconductor, Contract Manufacturing and Environmental Industries with a variety of Irish and Multinational companies. This experience has included Engineering, Quality and General Management as well as responsibility for Business Development across both the private and public sectors. John has particular expertise in equipment design and development of specialist process and conveyor equipment.
As Manufacturing Manager for OxyMem, John is responsible for managing the transition into high volume manufacturing and associated hiring, training and development of the workforce. In addition, John is leading the development of continuous improvement processes and process control methodologies for the proprietary Oxymem manufacturing process.
John McConomy, Commercial Director
John McConomy now leads our commercial team. Having lived and worked in Europe, Australasia and the USA, John has direct experience of how engineering tradition and local cultures can influence the growth and success of new trends and innovations.
John holds an Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wales, Swansea and his career in wastewater started within the Xylem group almost 20 years ago. He spent the earlier part of this career primarily involved with wastewater treatment plant on-site operations; installing, maintaining and optimizing both effluent quality and long term operational costs of diffused aeration systems. He has worked with some of the world’s largest diffused aeration manufacturers.
In his current role with OxyMem, John is responsible for ensuring owners and operators across the globe are provided with an opportunity to benefit from the latest advancements in aeration technology; offering the most efficient process solutions and enabling them to achieve lowest day-to-day and lowest whole life costs for their treatment plants.
Read John’s BLOG on why he left mainstream aeration to join the OxyMem team
Dr. Katarzyna Heffernan, Technical Marketing Executive
Kasia has a background in bioprocess engineering combined with sales and marketing experience. She holds a degree in Food Biotechnology and a MSc degree in Biotransformations from Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences. Kasia realized her PhD with Dr. Eoin Casey’s Biofilm Group in UCD where she investigated the application of the MABR technology for the treatment of fluorinated wastewater.
Previously Kasia worked as a Research Engineer on green carbon capture technologies in TNO’s (Dutch Organisation for Applied Scientific Research) Gas Treatment Group and as a Sales and Marketing Engineer for Biothane.
Vanessa Sanguanini, Process Engineer
Vanessa holds an Honors Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS). and MEng of Civil, Environmental and Energy from Cork Institute of Technology. She worked as a Researcher on Stainless Steel Coloration in the Metallic Material Centre at PUCRS. Her experience also includes Process Safety in the food industry, Pulp and Paper Wastewater Analysis, as well as Design and commissioning of wastewater treatment plants.
Daniel Herron, Process Engineer
Daniel graduated from IT Sligo in 2013 with a BSc in Environmental Science. He worked as Process Engineer with an SME where he successfully project managed the design, development and CE certification of a new product through the independent laboratory Prüfinstitut für Abwasser-technik (PIA) based in Aachen Germany. In this position he also liaised closely with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency whilst troubleshooting underperforming wastewater treatment plants for their clients.
In his current role with OxyMem, Daniel is responsible for the project management and commissioning of laboratory scale, pilot scale, demonstration scale and full scale projects in Ireland and abroad.
Kevin Carey B.A. (Hons), Financial Controller
Kevin Carey is our Financial Controller, and holds a B.A. (Hons) in Accounting and finance and is a member of the chartered institute of management accountants. Kevin attended Dublin Business School and BPP London. Kevin has over twenty year experience in the food and construction industry in both Ireland and the UK with a variety of Irish and international companies. He has held accounting positions at all levels and has been working at financial controller level for the last ten years.