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Patrick O'Shea will leave the University of Maryland, College Park to become president of University College Cork in Ireland (Photo from UMD).

UMD official tapped to lead college in Ireland

The head of research at the University of Maryland, College Park will soon take a new post on the Emerald Isle.

Patrick O’Shea, the specialist in electromagnetics who oversees the $550 million per year research operation at UMD, has been named the new president of University College Cork (UCC) in Cork, Ireland, the Irish university announced this week.

O’Shea will be the college’s 15th president and will assume the office Feb. 1, 2017.

UCC Governing Body Chair Catherine Day said in a statement that O’Shea was an exceptional academic scholar and leader whose political, business and academic acumen had helped the University of Maryland become one of the world’s top research institutions.

O’Shea, who graduated from UCC with a degree in physics before pursuing his doctorate in the subject in College Park, said in a statement he was delighted to return to his alma mater, and that the college’s students and staff had impressed him with their enthusiasm and commitment to scholarship, research and service.

During his tenure in College Park, O’Shea has played a leading role in the establishment of the Maryland NanoCenter, the Maryland Center for Applied Electromagnetics and the Maryland Cyber Security Center, UMD officials said.