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Tyndall Alumni: Rory Cahill – Intel

Extraordinary people have shaped the world as we know it today and our Tyndall alumni are no exception. They embody the scientific legacy of Tyndall and continue to make a difference and ripples of impact throughout their careers.

Today, we are proud to feature Rory Cahill, PhD student, Tyndall, who is now a Product Development Engineer at Intel.

Rory Cahill,
Product Development Engineer,


What is your current role and how different is it from your role in Tyndall?

I am currently working as a Product Development Engineer at Intel. The role involves generating and releasing test programs for the latest generation of Intel microprocessors. It is a big change from Tyndall where I spent most days in the lab or in the cleanroom. My new job requires me to remotely test chips and debug the programs used to test them.


How did your time at Tyndall progress your career?

At Tyndall I learned a huge amount both technically and personally. I became familiar with working with cutting edge technology in a highly innovative environment and developed presentation skills.


What inspired you to pursue a career in research?

The prospect of working on something completely new is very exciting as well as the motivation to create something which could improve people’s lives.


Tell us your best memories of Tyndall

Making my first devices in the cleanroom was a definite highlight, it was immensely satisfying to design and build a device myself.


Having the opportunity to attend  international conferences with Tyndall was an amazing experience. It was a great way to learn more about my field while seeing some fantastic cities and meeting new people at the same time.


Share with us your career milestones

I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from UCC in 2016. I began my PhD in Tyndall a year later. My first paper was published in 2019 and I completed my doctorate in 2021. I started working at Intel later in 2021.


What’s your advice for those following in your footsteps?

Be persistent, believe in your ability and apply for everything!


Getting Personal

How do you like to spend your personal-time?

I like to go for hikes and to go swimming in the sea if the weather is good! I recently started playing Gaelic football for my local club. I also like to read, play chess and collect records.


If you weren’t doing the job you’re doing now, what would you be doing?

Probably a research job or postdoc elsewhere, definitely something tech related.


What’s a motto you live by?

Faigheann cos ar siúl rud nach bhfaigheann cos ina cónaí (the walking foot will find what the foot at home doesn't), meaning the most important thing to be successful is to get up and start the journey.