Abbey McGarrigle

Favourite Thing: I love learning about the anatomy of the human body. I enjoy partaking in ‘fun’ experiments, like dissecting a pigs heart in order to look at the vessels. I am also a bit of a technology nerd. I always love to know what new products are introduced into the market.



I attended Mount Sackville secondary school and graduated in 2009. I studied Biomedical Engineering in Dublin City University (DCU) and graduated in 2014


Bachelor of Engineering

Work History:

I have worked in Clarks shoe shop, a coffee shop, Renishaw Ireland and I now in Renishaw UK

Current Job:

I am a Biomedical Engineer



Me and my work

I am a biomedical engineer who designs medical devices that are placed in the brain. These devices can be used to help and improve neurological related illness.

I had an interest in biology and maths when in school. I managed to find a course in University that incorporated both of these subjects- Biomedical Engineering.

I’m now working in the Neurological department in Renishaw. Here we design and manufacture medical devices such a stylette that feeds medicine to specific areas of the brain in order to stimulate the brain. This procedure is commonly used for people with Parkinson’s disease.

My Typical Day

I am both up testing and at my test designing or writing reports

My days can be very varied. One day I may be tensile testing to determine the strength of some of our products and the next I can be at my desk using a computer aided design software for designing parts for experiments and new products.

What I'd do with the money

I’d organise and run more activities and events for schools

It’s always fun when young, enthusiastic outsiders come into school and run various activities for the pupils. It engages the children and gives them an opportunity to ask questions about their future careers. It encourages them to start considering their subject choices and thinking about university.

The money can be used for buying supplies for running various activities for in-school events. This money can go a long way, allowing many schools to have the opportunity to partake in such events. Outside-school activities can also be organised, allowing the money to go towards coaches to transport the children to and from science museums, with the possibility of site visits within Renishaw.


My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Enthusiastic, fun, thoughtful

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Taylor Swift

What's your favourite food?


What is the most fun thing you've done?

I went scuba diving in Thailand

What did you want to be after you left school?

When I was 8 I wanted to be a singer, when I was 14 I wanted to be a lawyer and when I was 17 I wanted to be a Biomedical Engineer.

Were you ever in trouble at school?

Hmmmm…. Never!

What was your favourite subject at school?

Mathematics and art.

What's the coolest job related to physics you've come across?

An Astronaut

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

To live a very happy, healthy and fulfilling life.

Tell us a joke.

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Atch. Atch who? Bless you!

What do you think is the best physics discovery in history?

The big bang

Other stuff

Work photos:

Offices can be fun….. I promise! My department partakes in many charity events in order to raise money and awareness throughout the year.