Ultan Mc Carthy


Dr Ultan Mc Carthy is currently an academic and researcher based at the Department of Land Sciences South East Technological University, Ireland. He holds a BSc in Food Technology and an MSc and  Ph.D in Biosytems Engineering. His Ph.D investigated the use of UHF RFID technology to provide item level digital traceability across food supply chains. His MBA degree investigated the enhanced use of digitised data across the organisation to enhance decision making and increase responsiveness and flexibility to better competitively position organisations.

Prior to joining SETU Dr Mc Carthy spent many years in research in the USA specialising in the use of digital technologies to improve the operational and strategic efficiency of supply chains across agri-food, pharmaceutical, automotive, aviation and defence supply networks. He is former center manager of Irelands RFID and IoT Technology Gateway, a center purposed to be a single point of contact for national industry to engage in RFID and IoT research.

His research currently focuses on the use of an array of broad networked wireless sensing technologies to increase supply chain sustainability across global supply networks. He is also currently developing a number of low cost digital technologies to reduce food and biologic waste. He has a long publication history and a strong track record in research and commercialisation. He has successfully secured a broad array of EU, national as well as industrial sponsored funding. He is currently Associate VP of finance for the IEEE Council on RFID and is also an IEEE CRFID Distinguished Lecturer for “The electronic transformation of agri-food systems”.

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