Award winning Inventor & Historian
Liam Alex Heffron qualified with Distinctions as Electronic Engineer (from GMIT Galway) and with his thesis project won the 1996 and 1997 NFEA award and featured twice on RTE's Late Late Show with his patented GASEC - advanced toxic gas detection system. He went on to establish a company to produce the innovative systems for the agricultural and equine sectors. The GASEC system has been credited with saving several lives from toxic "slurry gas" emissions during animal waste storage.
He was a finalist in the 1997 Ernst & Young / Galway Chamber of Commerce Business Award and received a Merit distinction in the Shell LiveWire Young Business Start Up awards in 2000 and finalist in the 1997 Galway Chamber of Commerce Business award. He also received the Guaranteed Irish certification for manufacture of GASEC alarm systems.
Liam founded and managed several technology & electronic security companies employing over 40 people and has worked with international corporations, civil authorities and the police in designing their data - video surveillance systems including the Irish Department of Justice, MBNA Bank (Now Bank of America) , Galway City Council, The Irish Police Force and McDonalds Restaurants.
Influenced by the death of his two grandfathers from Alzheimer's disease Liam founded a company which provided medical alarms to community alert groups and voluntary organisations. These intelligent monitoring systems ensure elderly people can stay in their homes longer and provide relief for their families and carers with 24/7 protection using smart technology.
In 2015, Liam Alex returned to University to fulfill a life-long passion with historical research. He undertook a Masters Degree in History at the National University of Ireland - Galway, graduating in November 2016 with 1st class honours, and a special commendation for his work saving the records of rural National Schools threatened with closure.
Liam Alex is also credited with two patents and is a member of MENSA.
His upcoming books are based on his historical research and the first is due for publication in Spring 2017 entitled "Captain Kelly - Medical Student to Restless Soldier".