Programme Director | Maynooth University
Trevor Vaugh is a faculty member at Maynooth University and the programme director of the award-winning Masters in Design Innovation (MScDI). Trevor is an expert in Design-driven innovation process, and he regularly works with public and private organisations in this area. Prior to entering academia, Trevor helped develop a number of disruptive surgical innovations, and with a portfolio of over 45 patents, he is one of the most active inventors and innovators in the country. His ground-breaking work on the development of scarless surgery for Olympus, helped see it recognised as one of the Cleveland clinic’s top 10 innovations of 2009. As a partner and founder of the innovation consultancy Actionable, he helps clients understand the role of design as an agent of discovery, change and a mediator between humanity and technology. In recent years Trevor has delivered consultancy and mentoring for clients such as Olympus, the IDA, Boston scientific, Openet and Musgraves, and has delivered design programmes for Irish Times training, the AIB start-up academy and the IRDG. Through both his academic and practitioner roles, he champions the interdisciplinary nature of design and applies design thinking and action research to areas such as business, education, policy and healthcare.