Land Sciences lecturing team: Dr Ultan Mc Carthy

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My top tip for farmers: Constantly challenge yourself to remain up with the latest trends and technologies.

My top tip for farmers: Constantly challenge yourself to remain up with the latest trends and technologies.

Agri-food lecturer, Dr Ultan Mc Carthy, is always looking for new ways sensor technology can improve production processes and increase food security

Dr Ultan Mc Carthy

Lectures on Agriculture, Agricultural Science, Food Science

Modules taught Environment and Energy Development, Data Analytics for AG Scientists, Environmental Science, Project Management.

Home is Kerry and live in Kilkenny

Land Science credentials: One of the few Kerry men left in the country who do not own a farm

My interest in Agri food stems from: My interest in this sector came from growing up in Kerry where I spent my weekends and summers working on farms and food companies which exposed me to the Irish Agri-food sector.

Career ladder

Undergraduate degree BSc Food Technology

Masters and/or PhD:  MSc (AGR), PhD Biosystems Engineering, MBA

PhD title: Assessment of UHF RFID as an Automatic ID Data Carrier for Item Level Food Supply Chain Traceability

Research interests: The use of all types of wireless sensor technology in the Agri-food industry. I am always looking for new ways sensor technology can improve production processes and increase food security.

Links with industry Being involved in research over the last few years has exposed me to many industrial sectors both in Ireland and abroad.

Thoughts on…

Career trends for Agri-food graduates: I feel that there is a lot more being expected of graduates these days as opposed to many years ago. It is expected that graduates be more informed in terms of technology and also be more culturally aware when beginning in the work place.

The main challenge facing the Agri-food industry in Ireland is: As with all industries there is a constant need to remain competitive and be global leaders. Ireland’s Agrifood sector is very competitive and a key challenge is maintaining the high standards it always delivers on.

My top tip for farmers: Constantly challenge yourself to remain up with the latest trends and technologies.

How times have changed: Ireland is now a global player in the Agrifood industry and as a result companies are requiring a lot more from todays Agrifood graduates. It is now expected that graduates have a multi-discipline skill set i.e. as well as becoming experts in Agrifood they are also expected to have an appreciation of many of the business skills including accounting and marketing.

Related Courses

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

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