Dr Edward M Walsh
  He is the founding president of the University of Limerick, the first new university established by the Republic of Ireland: a post from which he retired in 1998, after a 28-year term.


Edward Walsh  has served as founding chairman of the Irish Council for Science Technology and Innovation, the National Technological Park, the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, and the National Self–Portrait Collection of Ireland.  He has also served as chairman of the Conference of Heads of Irish Universities, Shannon Development and a number of other organisations.

He is principal of Oakhampton Consultants and chairman of SCS Ltd and serves on the boards of a number of other organisations.  He also serves as a member of the Energy Standing Committee of the Irish Academy of Engineering and on the board of the University of Limerick Foundation.

He is a Freeman of the City of Limerick and a member of the Royal Irish Academy and an honorary member of the Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts. He has served as a member of the New York Academy of Science and as a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts   He holds honorary doctorates from five universities.

Born in Cork in 1939, Dr Walsh is a graduate of the National University of Ireland and holds masters and doctorate qualifications in nuclear and electrical engineering from Iowa State University, where he was an associate of the US Atomic Energy Commission Laboratory.  He is a chartered engineer, a registered silversmith, an enthusiastic yachtsman and plays the violin, piano and saxophone badly.

He is married with four children



Dr Edward M Walsh


Cork, Ireland, 3 December 1939


Doctor of Letters (hc),  University of Limerick

Doctor of Laws (hc), National University of Ireland

Doctor of Science (hc) University of Ulster

Doctor of Laws (hc), Queen’s University Belfast

Doctor of Laws (hc), University of Dublin

Doctor of Philosophy, Iowa State University

Master of Science, Iowa State University

Bachelor of Engineering, National University of Ireland


Freeman, City of Limerick


Chartered Engineer


Institution of Engineers of Ireland

World Innovation Foundation

Irish Academy of Engineering

Institution of Electrical Engineers, London

Paul Harris, Rotary

Royal Society for the Arts, London


Royal Irish Academy

New York Academy of Science

Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts (hc)

National College of Art and Design (hc)


Principal, Oakhampton Consultants

Chairman, SCS Ltd.

Chairman Designate, OVIL

Board Member, University of Limerick Foundation

Member, Energy Standing Committee, Irish Academy of Engineering

Member, Enterprise, Innovation and Education Standing Committee, Irish Academy of Engineering

Member, Council of the Clans of Ireland Order of Merit


Founding President, University of Limerick

Founding President, National Institute for Higher Education, Limerick

Vice President, International Association of University Presidents

Executive Director, Energy Research Group Programme, Virginia, USA

Deputy Chairman, Irish Chamber Orchestra

Deputy Chairman, CSDZ

Founding Chairman, Irish Council for Science Technology and Innovation

Chairman, Growcorp

Chairman, Stokes Bio Ltd

Chairman, Steering Group, Adare Hospital and Clinic

Chairman, Advisory Board,  Barrington’s Hospital

Chairman, National Allocation Advisory Group (Carbon Trading)

Chairman, Commission, National Sc. Tech. and Innovation Framework

Chairman, ECET International Group

Chairman, IAUP International Commission on Educational Technology

Founding Chairman, National Technological Park

Founding Chairman, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment

Chairman, Committee of Heads of Irish Universities

Founding Chairman, National Self Portrait Collection

Chairman, Birr Historic Science Foundation

Chairman, Project Biostart

Chairman, Shannon Development

Chairman, VPI Engineering Faculty Research Committee

Patron, Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities

Board Member, Wind Energy Direct

Board Member, European Humanities University, Lithuania

Board Member, CRANN, University of Dublin

Board Member, International Association of University Presidents

Board Member, ProsoftTraining  (NASDAQ: POSO), Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Board Member, ProsoftTraining Europe Ltd

Board Member, Opera 2005

Board Member, Science Foundation Ireland

Board Member, emergeSmart, Dublin

Board Member, Bon Secours Health System

Board Member, Shannon Development

Board Member, Galvia Hospital

Board Member, Internet Certification Institute International

Board Member, Nanomat

Board Member, Opera Theatre Company

Board Member, University of Limerick Foundation

Board Member, Irish Peace Institute

Board Member, Hunt Museum Ltd

Board Member, National Microelectronics Applications Centre

Board Member, Irish American Partnership

Board Member, European Research Institute of Ireland

Founding President, Toastmasters Club, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA

President, Blacksburg Regional Art Association, Virginia, USA

President, Limerick Art Association

President, Classical Association of Ireland

Member, Advisory Board, Pontificio Ateneo Sant Anselmo, Rome

Member, Legal Affairs Council, Gerson Lehrman Group, New York

Member, Advisory Board, Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship

Member, Museum Awards Judging Panel, The Heritage Council

Member, EU-US Working Group,Institute of European Affairs

Member, Advisory Committee to the ICT Sector on R&D

Member, Tallaght Hospital Strategic Planning Committee

Member, Senate, National University of Ireland

Member, Governing Body, Dublin City University

Member, Governing Body, Thomond College of Education

Member, Cultural Sector Group, EEC Commission

Member, National Committee on American Foreign Policy

Member, National Council for Educational Awards

Member, VPI International Affairs Committee

Special Adviser, Technology Hub, Kuwait  (McKinsey, Munich)

Adviser, Citywest, Dublin

Representative, IAUP Representative, United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

Associate, US Atomic Energy Commission Laboratory, Ames, Iowa. USA

Assistant Professor, Iowa State University

Associate Professor, Virginia Tech and State University

Consultant, American Electric Power Company, Roanoke, Virginia, USA

Consultant, Advanced Technology Consultants, Corp. Wallingford, Conn.USA

Consultant, Furnace Fuels, Inc. Cal., USA


Energy Conversion: electromechanical, direct, nuclear. Ronald Press, New York, N.Y. l967.

Vision 2020: What future for business? O’Brien Press, Dublin. 1995. (chapter in)

Upstart: friends, foes and founding a university. The Collins Press, Cork. 2011


Author of a wide range of publications in various journals and proceedings


Wife:  Stephanie

Children: Michael, Stephen, Eoghan, Elizabeth-Jane


Kildare Street and University Club

Loughderg Yacht Club


Sailing, Walking, Gardening, Painting


Registered Silversmith:  Company of Goldsmiths of Dublin


Violin, Piano, Saxophone, Bassoon

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