Nigel has a degree primary degree in Mechatronic Engineering from Dublin City University (2002). In 2003 he became a research engineer in the National Centre for Sensor Research based in Dublin City University (DCU). He remained there until 2005 when he became a research engineer for the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (DCU), in parallel with his work there he also undertook his doctorate studies in a part time capacity. In 2009 he graduated with a PhD in the area of platelet function diagnostic development. Also in 2009, he took up an academic position in the School of Mechanical and Design Engineering in the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). In 2015 he began a two year research fellowship in DCU working in the area of environmental and biological sensing and also additive manufacturing technologies. In 2017 he returned to DIT where he is currently chairing the M.Eng program within the school.