Patrick G. O'Shea

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Patrick G. O’Shea
O’Shea in November 2019
15th President of University College Cork
In office
Preceded byMichael Murphy
Succeeded byJohn O'Halloran
Personal details
Cork, Ireland
Alma mater

Patrick G. O’Shea (born c. 1957) is an Irish-American scientist and academic. From February 2017 to September 2020, he was the fifteenth president of University College Cork.[1][2] He was previously vice president and chief research officer at the University of Maryland.[3]


O'Shea was born in Cork, Ireland, and attended secondary school at Coláiste Chríost Rí. He has a B.Sc. degree from University College Cork, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Maryland, all in physics.[citation needed]

At Maryland, O'Shea was a professor[ambiguous] in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and an affiliate professor in the Department of Physics, and was previously chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics.[citation needed]

O'Shea's area of expertise is in electromagnetics, electron-accelerators and free-electron lasers. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also a University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar-Teacher.[4] His board memberships include the Universitas 21 Research Leaders Steering Group, the National Institute of Aerospace, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Maryland Life Sciences Advisory Board,[5] the Maryland Cybersecurity Council[6] and the Maryland Innovation Initiative.[7]

On 14 June 2016, O'Shea was appointed the fifteenth president of University College Cork, effective from 1 February 2017.[8] On 15 September 2020, O'Shea's retirement, announced in July 2020 began.[2]

O'Shea and his wife, Miriam, were married in 1987. They have a son, Ronan.[9]


  1. ^ "O'Shea Appointed President of University College Cork". Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b "John O'Halloran announced as UCC's interim President". Echo Live. 15 September 2020. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Size Matters When it Comes to Research Impact: New UMD VP of Research". Newswise. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
    - "Dr. Patrick O'Shea". Division of Research, UMD. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  4. ^ IREAP. Honors and Awards
    - "Patrick O'Shea Awarded Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award". UMD Physics. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
    - "Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award Recipients". UMD. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Maryland Life Sciences Advisory Board - Maryland Department of Commerce".
  6. ^ "Cybersecurity Council, Maryland".
  7. ^ "MII Board Meetings". Tedco.
  8. ^ "UCC physics graduate named university's next president". The Irish Times. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  9. ^ Dunne, Chris (14 February 2019). "A President's love story that's full of chemistry". The Echo. Cork, Ireland. Retrieved 12 November 2019.

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Preceded by President of University College Cork
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