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.
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
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!