Land Sciences lecturing team: Dr Michael Breen, course leader BSc (Hons) Ag Science

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A lot of prospective students think that ag science is a new programme in WIT but it have been taught here in Waterford for almost 40 years.

A lot of prospective students think that ag science is a new programme in WIT but it have been taught here in Waterford for almost 40 years.

Dr Michael Breen has developed strong links with companies like Glanbia, Arvum Group, Dawn and Dairymaster while working in ag science education here

Dr Michael Breen, Programme Leader BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science/Lecturer in Chemistry

Lectures on BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science/BSc in Agriculture/BSc in Food Science/BSc in Pharmaceutical Science/BSc in Applied Biology

Modules taught Environmental Science, Chemistry, Research Methods

Home is Waterford/Kill, Co. Waterford

Land Science credentials: I have 1 acre of land and own a John Deere LT170!

My interest in agricultural science stems from: been involved in ag science education for over 10 years.

Career ladder

Undergraduate degree BSc (Hon) Chemistry, UCD

Masters and/or PhD PhD Chemistry WIT

PhD title The novel use of surfactants as reaction media

Research interests Main research area is in surface and materials chemistry in particular the  use of surfactants in green chemistry. Other research interests include the analysis of organic acids in dairy beverages, environmental analysis of wastewater/effluent streams and the analysis of antioxidant capacity of wood samples.

Links with industry In my time here in WIT we have developed strong links with companies like Glanbia, Arvum Group, Dawn and Dairymaster

Thoughts on…

Career trends for ag science graduates: Increased importance of technology and smart agriculture

The main challenge facing the Ag industry in Ireland is:  Meeting the challenge of mitigating against climate change whilst maintaining competitiveness

My top tip for people wanting to get ahead in ag science is: hard work, hard work and more hard work

A little known fact about ag science in WIT is: A lot of prospective students think that ag science is a new programme in WIT but it have been taught here in Waterford for almost 40 years.

How times have changed:  Points for ag science in WIT were 220 less than a decade ago!

Related Courses

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in  Agricultural Science
Bachelor of Science in  Agriculture
Bachelor of Science in  Food Science & Innovation
Bachelor of Science in  Food Science and Innovation

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