Stephen holds a B.Eng in Electronic Engineering from DCU and a PhD from DCU earned while studying abroad at IMEC, Belgium and Philips Research, The Netherlands. He spent 8 years with Applied Materials, where he held a number of senior positions including Metallisation Technologist for Northern Europe and Global Cluster Team Manager. Following this he spent 3 years with Scientific Systems Ltd as Head of Research and Development, developing and marketing their flagship plasma process control product. He spent 1 year at University College Dublin as Manager of the Centre for Materials Processing. In March 2004, he joined the School of Electronic Engineering, DCU as a Lecturer and in July 2005 was appointed Executive Director of the National Centre for Plasma Science and Technology.