Irishman elected president of global technology body
Irishman Professor Brian Fitzgerald has been elected president of the international Association for Information Systems (AIS).
He is the first Irish person to be elected to the role, and will serve a three-year term.
Headquartered in Atlanta, USA, the AIS is a global professional association for individuals and organisations who lead the research, teaching, practice and study of information systems worldwide.
It has almost 5,000 members globally.
Commenting on his election Professor Fitzgerald said: "It is an honour to be elected to this prestigious role and reflects Ireland’s growing reputation as a global technology centre."
Mr Fitzgerald is head of Lero, an Irish software research centre based in the University of Limerick (UL).
Lero’s work incorporates a range of software development from driverless cars and automation to artificial intelligence and cybersecurity.
Prior to taking up an academic position, Roscommon-born Professor Fitzgerald worked in the software industry for over a decade in a variety of sectors including finance, telecommunications, manufacturing and bespoke software development in Ireland, Belgium and Germany.
Current AIS president, Professor Ting-Peng Liang, said: "Lero has a well-earned reputation as one of the primary software research centres in the world and Brian’s record and experience in the sector will be an invaluable asset to the association."