A proven leader and technology sector executive, Kieran has delivered significant successes in major US and international business roles. He has over thirty years industrial experience in technology and business management in diverse industrial segments including solid state lighting, photovoltaics, nanomaterials, rechargeable batteries, LCD displays, electronic interconnect, automotive, and composites. He was Vice President and General Manager for the Global Performance Polymers Division of Avery Dennison Corporation. Prior to Rambus Dr. Drain served as President & CEO of venture funded NanoGram Corporation, a developer of nanomaterials process technology enabling the manufacture of unique nanostructured materials for optical, electronic and energy applications. Kieran also worked as Vice President and General Manager for the Global Performance Polymers Division of Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE.AVY). He also managed Ciba Specialty Chemical’s business in photopolymers and electronics in North America, where he led a strong business turnaround.
Tyndall National Institute is one of Europe’s leading research centres, specialising in information and communications technology (ICT) hardware and systems. Tyndall is focused on developing technology solutions for health, communications, energy, agriculture, food, marine and the environment sectors. Tyndall has 460 researchers, engineers, staff and postgraduate students interacting with over 200 industry partners and generating over 200 peer-reviewed publications annually. Tyndall works through world-class teams performing groundbreaking R&D and innovation on new materials, devices and systems with a philosophy of “from atoms to systems”, focusing on impact to the Irish economy.