Conor McCarthy is Professor of Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Limerick and is the Director and Principal Investigator of Confirm, a Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Smart Manufacturing. Having grown up in Glasnevin, Dublin, Professor McCarthy has spent the best part of the last 20 years in the Mid-west region carrying out research into joining dissimilar materials for high-end industrial applications. Professor McCarthy leads a research group, who are developing novel methods to join high performance composite materials to other lightweight materials, to result in structures with superior strength and stiffness properties, and with only a fraction of the weight compared to typical steel or aluminium structures. This work has attracted over €6million in competitively won research funding from Europe, Irish research funding agencies and both national and international Industries. His research has led to over 150 high impact publications and a patent pending on a new smart glue that can be “unzipped” using only high-frequency radio waves for applications in automotive assembly down to dental implants.