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Niamh Kavanagh
M Squared



Dr Niamh Kavanagh is a scientific consultant and award-winning communicator. She has been named one of “6 Rising Stars of Irish Research”, “20 incredible women leading the way to scientific advancement” and “13 women helping women in STEM” by Silicon Republic (Ireland’s leading technology news service).

Her PhD research was dedicated to designing, building, and optimising an optical communications system to provide alternatives for future internet growth. Today, Dr Kavanagh is self-employed and works as a consultant scientific products specialist with M Squared Lasers, a leading developer of photonics and quantum technology on a mission to harness the power of light to change the world. M Squared Lasers is addressing some of society’s greatest challenges in science, climate change and healthcare.

Dr Kavanagh is a passionate advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion. She is co-chair of House of STEM (Ireland’s first network for LGBTQ+ people in STEM), has driven several gender equality initiatives and is an award-winning mentor for her work with disadvantaged youth. She is the Chair of the Diversity Oversight Committee for the IEEE Photonics Society and a 2020 OSA ambassador.

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Document Created: 1 Jul 2020
Last Updated: 1 Jun 2021