Lorraine Byrne is the Executive Director of the SFI Centre for Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research Centre (AMBER) which is headquartered at Trinity College Dublin. AMBER is a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional research centre which brings together a critical mass of scientists and engineers from nine academic institutions in Ireland to deliver on the core mission of driving excellence in materials science research for people, planet and prosperity. Lorraine has leadership responsibility for non-scientific aspects of the centre including governance, industry engagement, business planning, international funding diversification, communications and government and public sector engagement.
Prior to joining AMBER, Lorraine had an 18 year career within the Imaging and Printing Division of Hewlett Packard (HP) where she worked as a scientist and technology strategist across a number of functions including failure analysis, ink and materials chemistry and research and development. As part of this role, she had responsibility for a research programme focussed on flexible and transparent electronics and displays and managed research collaborations with Universities and other Global HP Divisions working within the programme.
Lorraine has a first class honours degree in Analytical Science and. PhD in Chemistry both from Dublin City University. She also holds a postgraduate diploma in Nanotechnology from University of Oxford and a Diploma in Company Direction from Institute of Directors.