Defence Team


Ronan Boyle, BE, MSc, CEng

LinkedIn | Defence Team 2016/2017

Ronan Boyle is an electronic engineer with significant industry experience in the medical devices industry. From 2011, he was a senior project engineer at Medtronic, working as engineering lead for the Micra Transcatheter Pacing System’s end item assembly and packaging operations (Micra TPS is the world's smallest pacemaker). Between 2006 and 2011, he worked as a packaging engineer at Medtronic Vascular, and prior to that he was a manufacturing engineer at Medtronic Vascular from 2003 to 2006. Ronan was awarded an MSc in Technology Management from NUI Galway in 2009, and a BE (Honours) in Electronic and Computer Engineering from NUI Galway in 2003. He has received a number of industry awards including the Ameristar Award from the Institute of Packaging Professionals, as well as the WorldStar Award and WorldStar Sustainability Award from the World Packaging Organisation. He is a Chartered Engineer with Engineers Ireland, a member of the IEEE, and a Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute.

Leon Butler, BA, MA

Interview | Twitter | Defence Team 2016/2017

Leon Butler has worked across a broad range of positions in the media industry as a visual narrative designer, filmmaker, and educator. He received a BA in Industrial Design from IT Sligo in 2004 and an MA in Digital Media from NUI Galway in 2010. With his own practice, he has worked with high-profile clients including the Galway International Arts Festival, who commissioned him to produce their iconic festival poster in 2011, the Druid Theatre, on promotional material for their productions, and musician Macklemore, who commissioned Leon to document their 2014 visit to Dublin’s O2 for two sold-out shows. He has also developed many personal projects in animation, typography, children’s illustration and documentary. His research areas of interest include adaptive interactions and experiences using data available in the public sphere and generative typography, and he recently completed a residency at the School of Visual Arts in New York in this field. In 2016, Leon received a Certificate of Typographic Excellence from the Type Directors Club in New York. The Design and Craft Council of Ireland shortlisted Leon as one of their 2016 Future Makers. Also in 2016, Leon undertook a 12-week residency in Los Angeles with digital agency 72andSunny.

Gregory Payne, BSc

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Gregory Payne graduated from DIT with an honours BSc in Digital Technology, Design and Innovation (project management), and also holds a Higher National Diploma in Sport Science from Manchester Metropolitan University. He gained experience in his early career in financial services, compliance and sales with companies such as Permanent TSB and HC Financial Advisers. From here, Gregory transitioned into the world of sport and physical performance where he led developmental teams within the Connacht Rugby high performance pathway, as well as having worked with athletes across a broad range of sports including athletics, gaelic football and basketball. He has served as a team member of the UK Strength & Conditioning Association’s online media editorial panel, with responsibilities that included the dissemination of scientific research and education for physical performance enhancement. Gregory has completed and continues to work on a number of projects in the area of paediatric exercise science and medicine. His personal interests include the application and validity of emerging technologies in sport and exercise, in addition to the study of enhancements in high performance cultures.