National Maritime College appoints new head
A new head has been appointed to oversee the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) in Ringaskiddy.
Cormac Gebruers replaces Conor Mowlds as head of the college after the latter recently took up an appointment as commercial manager at the Port of Cork.
Mr Gebruers began his ca- reer as a deck officer in the merchant navy, graduating from Cork RTC (subsequently CIT) in 1993.
He later completed a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science at UCC.
After a period working as chief technical officer and as a director with an early Cork RTC spin-out company, Mr Gebruers spent four years in computer science research in
Science Foundation Ireland’s first major centre, the Cork Constraint Computation Centre.
Before joining the NMCI in 2012 as its research and innovation manager, Mr Gebruers spent seven years with Transas, a multinational organisation focussed on maritime navigation systems where he held the post of deputy unit director.
In that role, he worked extensively around the world which included a one-year stint in China.
He also represented Transas at the International Maritime Organisation and on United States Coast Guard technical committees.
In addition to his work at the NMCI, Mr Gebruers is also a member of the CIT Research Ethics Committee and the CIT
School of Graduate Studies Steering Committee.
The new maritime college head is CIT’s representative on the Marine Research Advisory Group and, from 2012 until last year, Mr Gebruers had been a member of the Spike Island Steering Committee which supported the island’s successful development into an international visitor attraction.
Cormac Gebruers has been appointed as head of the National Maritime College of Ireland.