Diarmuid Kelly - IDEA Centre Co-ordinator
Diarmuid graduated in 2004 with a BDes (Hons) in Industrial Design and subsequently in 2011 with an MSc in medical device design. Industrial Design was run in conjunction with University of Limerick (UL) and the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in Dublin. Medical Device Design was run in conjunction with NCAD, Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and University College Dublin (UCD). Diarmuid also recently completed a postgraduate diploma in Management Practice from The Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business at UCD.

Since graduating in 2004 Diarmuid has been working in the design industry where he gained a high degree of experience in design for manufacture. He has been involved in the design and development of a wide range of products. These include anatomically correct airway intubation trainer and surgical skill trainers.

During his Masters Diarmuid worked with companies such as Hollister, Alta Science, Medtronic and Cook Medical on the design and development of various medical devices. These projects required Diarmuid to gain a deep empathy for the users of the medical devices, while also having a good understanding of human factors, medical science, and manufacturing methods.

Diarmuid has a wide range of skills and expertise, including Design Strategy, Product Development, Concept Generation, Ergonomics, Human Factors and Model Making. He is also highly proficient in a range of industry standard software packages such as Rhino 3D, Solid Works, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop.
Samantha Kirkpatrick - Student Intern
Samantha Kirkpatrick is currently studying part-time, in her final year a University of Ulster Foundation Degree in Engineering (with specialism) Wind Turbine Technology in Omagh South West College.

During study Samantha worked full time. However she is now on her work placement for her Foundation degree where she is based in the Idea Centre as a Product Design Student Intern.

Samantha has always had an interest in Product Design and has had experience within modules on her course on the topic. The Idea Centre is an ideal place where she can gain as much experience as possible in her favoured areas which include 3D printing and proto-typing.


Where to find us

idea South West College
Omagh Campus
2 Mountjoy Road, Omagh
Co.Tyrone BT79 7AH
Centre Co-Ordinator – Diarmuid Kelly
T: 028 8225 0109 EXT: 5228
F: 028 8224 1440