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Pat O'Shea — new president of University College Cork

Dear University of Maryland faculty and staff,

Today, University College Cork—National University of Ireland, Cork (UCC) named Patrick O’Shea, our VP for Research, as its 15th President.

Founded in 1845, UCC is one of Ireland’s leading institutions for research and education. With over 20,000 students, 2,800 faculty and staff, and 130,000 alumni, it is ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide.

Pat has served the University of Maryland with distinction for nearly two decades. During his five years as VP for Research, he oversaw the growth of our annual research enterprise to a record $550M and played a leading role in the founding of several major research centers on campus. He is a tireless advocate for our research mission and for interdisciplinary collaborations between STEM and arts and humanities disciplines.

He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a UMD Distinguished Scholar-Teacher.

Pat previously served as chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Director, Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics; and Executive Director, Center for Applied Electromagnetics.  Prior to joining the UMD faculty, he was at the University of California Los Alamos National Laboratory and at Duke University.

He holds a B.S. from UCC, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from UMD, all in physics.

As this "Corkman"—and Terp—returns to Cork, I am reminded of the words of T. S. Eliot: "...and at the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."

Please join me in congratulating Pat and wishing him and his wife Miriam (a "Corkwoman") all the best as they return home to their Alma Mater and lead UCC to new heights of excellence.


Wallace D. Loh