Dr. Niall Smith received his PhD from UCD in the area of astrophysics in 1990.
Since then he has maintained an active research group (currently at Blackrock Castle Observatory) that develops new techniques to support research into surveys for extrasolar planets and surveys of quasars (the most powerful continuously-emitting objects in the universe). Niall is also a founder member of BCO and a passionate believer in the importance of quality science education.
He is presently the Head of Research at CIT and Chair of the Institute's Research & Development Committee. Niall has 22 publications in international journals, a book chapter on astrophysical photometry, is a member of the National Committee for Astronomy and Space Science and also the International Astronomical Union.