Name: Dr Shane Maloney
Title: Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Address: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, School of Cosmic Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics Section, 31 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2, D02 XF86, Ireland
Research Interests: Dr Maloney obtained his PhD in solar physics from Trinity College Dublin focusing on large eruptions from the Sun or coronal mass ejections (CME) and their propagation through Heliosphere. After his PhD, he was recruited by an SME initially as a software developer before taking on a role as a lead software engineer. After his time in industry, he returned to solar physics bringing import software engineering skills into academia.
Shane’s research interests lie in studying the most powerful solar events, flares and CMEs, what triggers them and how they can ultimately affect society as space weather. As society becomes more technologically reliant the ability to accurately predict or forecast adverse space weather also increases. By better understanding what trigger solar events and how they propagate adverse space weather forecasts can be improved.
Currently, Shane is a Research Fellow at DIAS and Trinity College Dublin working on the next generation of solar X-ray instruments STIX due for launch on SolarOrbiter in 2020.