Trevor Vaugh

Design Innovation, ALL Institute, Mi:Lab

Lecturer
Assistant Professor / Principal Investigator - Mi:Lab

Rye Hall
C - 2nd Floor
(01) 708 4763

Biography

Trevor Vaugh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Design Innovation and the Principal investigator at the Maynooth innovation lab (Mi:Lab) - a Higher Education Authority (HEA) funded research project tasked with exploring, understanding and tackling education challenges through design and embedding this capability across Maynooth University and the wider Irish education system. In 2018 he helped successfully tender for, design and launch a ‘first-of-its-kind’ Masters in Design Innovation (food) in collaboration with Bord Bia (The Irish Food board) 

Prior to entering academia, Trevor headed design at Advanced Surgical Concepts, where he worked closely with leading surgeons in Europe, North & South America and Asia. In this time he developed new strategy, concepts, products and systems for companies such as Olympus, Gyrus, Ethicon and Covidien, accumulating a portfolio of over 45 international patents. Trevor was heavily involved in the conceptualisation and development of Laparoendoscopic single-site surgery (LESS) - a revolutionary access port, surgical methodology and operative system for Olympus. LESS has been heralded as the next evolution of laparoscopic surgery and was featured in the Cleveland clinic's top medical innovations of 2009. `

Trevor’s expertise are in human-centered innovation, strategy and design thinking. He regularly works with and advises public and private organisations on the critical role design now plays as an agent of discovery, transformation and a mediator between humanity and technology. His research sits at the intersection of design, strategy and anthropology, with a particular interest in designing transitions. In both his academic and practitioner activity, he champions the interdisciplinary nature of design, and applies design thinking and action research to areas such as education, policy, housing and healthcare.

Trevor is a board member and co-editor of Iterations design journal, Ireland's first and only design journal. He has given keynote addresses and delivered workshops both nationally and internationally. Trevor is currently involved in a number corporate and social projects including ‘WickED’ - working with colleagues in UCC to tackle the issue of homelessness. With the HSE, he is helping embed a design thinking mindset and toolset amongst front-line medical staff, to empower them to identify and act on improvement opportunities in the healthcare system.  




Research Interests


Trevor's research occurs at the intersection of Design, Innovation and Anthropology. He is especially interested in;
(a) The role of strategic design in developing radical innovation
(b) Design thinking as a core organisational competency 
(c) Rapid experimentation and prototype development 
(d) Design as an agent of liminality, Liminality as an underutilised opportunity for change initiatives. 


Research Projects

  Project Role Funding Body / Program Description Start Date End Date Award (€)
Mi:Lab - The Maynooth Innovation Lab Principal Investigator Higher Education Authority / HEA 01-JAN-19 31-JUL-22 810950
Travel Support H2020 ICT-23-2017 PI EU Horizon 2020 National Support Network / 2265103 19-JAN-17 18-OCT-17 981

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2018 'Lessons learned: Sports coach mentor as design thinker'
Vaugh, T, Moles, J, Chambers, C.F (2018) 'Lessons learned: Sports coach mentor as design thinker' In: Chambers, C.F (eds). Learning to Mentor in Sports Coaching. London: Routledge. [Details]
2018 'What is design thinking? A case study of using design thinking in a sports coaching context'
CUTBERTH, B., VAUGH, T., CHAMBERS, F.C. (2018) 'What is design thinking? A case study of using design thinking in a sports coaching context' In: Chambers, C.F (eds). Learning to Mentor in Sports Coaching. London: Routledge. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2019 'How Irish design consultancies align with Ireland’s Innovation 2020 priorities: a preliminary study'
Keirnan, A., Robbins, P., Devitt, F., Vaugh, T., Ryan, M. and Koffel, R., (2019) 'How Irish design consultancies align with Ireland’s Innovation 2020 priorities: a preliminary study'. ITERATIONS Design Research and Practice Review, (07) [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2019 'Design-driven Entrepreneurship An interview with four Irish designer-founders'
Ryan, M. and Vaugh, T. (2019) 'Design-driven Entrepreneurship An interview with four Irish designer-founders'. ITERATIONS Design Research and Practice Review, (07) [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2019 'Design thinking, the driver of innovation in Irish Industry An interview with Denis Hayes, Managing Director of the IRDG'
Ryan, M., Vaugh, T (2019) 'Design thinking, the driver of innovation in Irish Industry An interview with Denis Hayes, Managing Director of the IRDG'. ITERATIONS Design Research and Practice Review, (07) [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2015 'Getting the right design or getting the design right; An observation of 18 projects progressing through a structured design thinking process'
Vaugh, Trevor and Ryan, Martin (2015) 'Getting the right design or getting the design right; An observation of 18 projects progressing through a structured design thinking process'. ITERATIONS Design Research and Practice Review, 1 (1):14-21 [IR Link] [Details]

Documentary

  Year Publication
2020 'The Big Life Fix' Season 1 Episode 1.
RTÉ / Kite Entertainment (2020) 'The Big Life Fix' Season 1 Episode 1. Documentary [Details]
2020 'The Big Life Fix' Season 1 Episode 2.
RTÉ / Kite Entertainment (2020) 'The Big Life Fix' Season 1 Episode 2. Documentary [Details]
2020 'The Big Life Fix' Season 1 Episode 5.
RTÉ / Kite Entertainment (2020) 'The Big Life Fix' Season 1 Episode 5. Documentary [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2019 Maynooth University Innovation Lab: Fostering Sustainability in the Higher Education Sector through Design-Thinking –A Practice Paper. *Awarded Best Paper
Trevor vaugh, Threase Kessie (2019) Maynooth University Innovation Lab: Fostering Sustainability in the Higher Education Sector through Design-Thinking –A Practice Paper. *Awarded Best Paper INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENGAGING PEDAGOGY [Details]
2018 A Design-Led Approach to Innovation in the Irish Food Industry
Trevor Vaugh (2018) A Design-Led Approach to Innovation in the Irish Food Industry . In: Carole Bilson eds. Academic Design Management Conference ADMC18 [Details]
2017 Unlocking Design Thinking’s Potential
Devitt.F, Ryan.M, Robbins.P, Vaugh.T (2017) Unlocking Design Thinking’s Potential . In: The ISPIM eds. The ISPIM Innovation Summit – Building the Innovation Century Melbourne, Australia, , 10-DEC-17 - 13-DEC-17 [IR Link] [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2017 Disrupting Ourselves Workshop.
Trevor Vaugh (2017) Disrupting Ourselves Workshop. [Other], Maastricht Disrupt, Maastricht, Netherlands , 23-SEP-17 - 24-SEP-17 [Details]
2017 Design as an Agent of Transition. Transition, the Realm of Pure Possibility.
Trevor Vaugh (2017) Design as an Agent of Transition. Transition, the Realm of Pure Possibility. [Keynote Address], Maastricht Disrupt, Maastricht, Netherlands , 23-SEP-17 - 24-SEP-17 [Details]
2017 Design as an agent of Liminality.
Trevor Vaugh (2017) Design as an agent of Liminality. [Oral Presentation], Defuse, Dublin , 07-NOV-17 [Details]
2016 Design Thinking for innovation & growth - IRDG.
trevor vaugh (2016) Design Thinking for innovation & growth - IRDG. [Oral Presentation], Visualisation In Design Thinking, Dublin , 01-JUN-16 - 02-MAY-16 [Details]
2016 eHealth is a rapidly developing area, promising to deliver healthcare more effectively and efficiently while empowering patients through technology.
Trevor Vaugh (2016) eHealth is a rapidly developing area, promising to deliver healthcare more effectively and efficiently while empowering patients through technology. [Oral Presentation], Connect 2016 - eHealth, Maynooth , 27-MAY-18 - 27-MAY-18 [Details]
2015 Design Thinking For Business Growth.
trevor vaugh (2015) Design Thinking For Business Growth. [Oral Presentation], Mapping The Experience Journey, Dublin [Details]
2015 Getting The Right Design.
Martin Ryan, Trevor Vaugh (2015) Getting The Right Design. [Oral Presentation], Faultlines - Bridging Knowledge Spaces, Carlow Institute of Technology [Details]
2015 Faultlines - Bridging Knowledge Spaces.
trevor vaugh (2015) Faultlines - Bridging Knowledge Spaces. [Published Abstract], Getting The Right Design, Carlow [Details]
2013 Forge Product Design Forum.
trevor vaugh (2013) Forge Product Design Forum. [Oral Presentation], A Career As A Design Innovator, Dublin Castle [Details]

Blog

  Year Publication
2017 Reflecting on the first three years of the MSc in Design innovation at Maynooth University.
Trevor Vaugh (2017) Reflecting on the first three years of the MSc in Design innovation at Maynooth University. Blog [Details]

Technical Publication

  Year Publication
2016 Surgical device.
Butler, John and Bonadio, Frank and Vaugh, Trevor and McManus, Ronan Bernard and MacNally, Shane Joseph and Deegan, Catherine and Cuschieri, Alfred and Reid, Alan (2016) Surgical device. Technical Publication [Details]
2015 Wound retractor device.
Bonadio, Frank and Butler, John and Vaugh, Trevor and MacNally, Shane Joseph and Reid, Alan (2015) Wound retractor device. Technical Publication [Details]
2015 Pneumoperitoneum device.
Shibley, Kirk Anthony and Bonadio, Frank and Vaugh, Trevor and MacNally, Shane Joseph and Halpin, Lucy Dolores and Williams, Stephen (2015) Pneumoperitoneum device. Technical Publication [Details]
2014 Instrument access device.
Bonadio, Frank and Vaugh, Trevor and McManus, Ronan B and Macnally, Shane J and Butler, John (2014) Instrument access device. Technical Publication [Details]
2014 Pneumoperitoneum device.
Shibley, Kirk Anthony and Bonadio, Frank and Vaugh, Trevor and MacNally, Shane Joseph and Halpin, Lucy Dolores and Williams, Stephen (2014) Pneumoperitoneum device. Technical Publication [Details]
2014 Wound retractor system.
Butler, John and Vaugh, Trevor and Bonadio, Frank (2014) Wound retractor system. Technical Publication [Details]
2014 Method for performing surgical laparoscopic procedure on uterus of patient by surgeon, involves inflating bag to create artificial pneumoperitoneum that extends abdomen and provides additional working and viewing space.
Bonadio, Frank and Halpin, LD and MacNally, Shane and Shibley, KA and Vaugh, Trevor and Williams, S (2014) Method for performing surgical laparoscopic procedure on uterus of patient by surgeon, involves inflating bag to create artificial pneumoperitoneum that extends abdomen and provides additional working and viewing space. Technical Publication [IR Link] [Details]
2014 Inflatable artificial pneumoperitoneum bag has length and width, where artificial pneumoperitoneum bag neck portion is provided with first end and second end, where first end forms bag opening.
Bonadio, Frank and Halpin, LD and MacNally, Shane and Shibley, KA and Vaugh, Trevor and Williams, S (2014) Inflatable artificial pneumoperitoneum bag has length and width, where artificial pneumoperitoneum bag neck portion is provided with first end and second end, where first end forms bag opening. Technical Publication [IR Link] [Details]
2014 Wound retractor.
Bonadio, Frank and Butler, John and Deegan, Catherine and Vaugh, Trevor (2014) Wound retractor. Technical Publication [Details]
2014 Wound retractor device.
Bonadio, Frank and Vaugh, Trevor and Butler, John (2014) Wound retractor device. Technical Publication [Details]
2013 Instrument access device for use during laparoscopic surgery to facilitate instrument access to insufflated abdominal cavity has instrument receiver with cannula that extends in use through incision protected by retractor member.
Bonadio, Frank and Vaugh, Trevor (2013) Instrument access device for use during laparoscopic surgery to facilitate instrument access to insufflated abdominal cavity has instrument receiver with cannula that extends in use through incision protected by retractor member. Technical Publication [IR Link] [Details]
2013 Pneumoperitoneum device for tissue isolation and/or extraction in laparoscopic procedure, has inflatable bag having opening to receive tissue.
Shibley, KA and Bonadio, Frank and Vaugh, Trevor and MacNally, Shane and Halpin, LD and Williams, S (2013) Pneumoperitoneum device for tissue isolation and/or extraction in laparoscopic procedure, has inflatable bag having opening to receive tissue. Technical Publication [IR Link] [Details]
2013 Instrument access device.
Bonadio, Frank and Vaugh, Trevor and McManus, Ronan B and Macnally, Shane J and Butler, John (2013) Instrument access device. Technical Publication [Details]
2013 Apparatus for inserting a surgical device at least partially through a wound opening.
Butler, John and Vaugh, Trevor and Bonadio, Frank and Deegan, Catherine and Macnally, Shane J (2013) Apparatus for inserting a surgical device at least partially through a wound opening. Technical Publication [Details]
2012 Wound retractor device.
Bonadio, Frank and Butler, John and Vaugh, Trevor and MacNally, Shane Joseph and Reid, Alan (2012) Wound retractor device. Technical Publication [Details]
2012 Pneumoperitoneum device.
Shibley, Kirk Anthony and Bonadio, Frank and Vaugh, Trevor and MacNally, Shane Joseph (2012) Pneumoperitoneum device. Technical Publication [Details]
2012 Instrument Access Device.
Bonadio, Frank and Vaugh, Trevor and McManus, Ronan B and Macnally, Shane J and Mulhall, Michael (2012) Instrument Access Device. Technical Publication [Details]
2012 Instrument access device.
Bonadio, Frank and Butler, John and Vaugh, Trevor and Macnally, Shane J (2012) Instrument access device. Technical Publication [Details]
2011 Instrument access device.
Bonadio, Frank and Butler, John and Vaugh, Trevor (2011) Instrument access device. Technical Publication [Details]
2011 Wound retractor.
Bonadio, Frank and Butler, John and Deegan, Catherine and Vaugh, Trevor (2011) Wound retractor. Technical Publication [Details]
2011 Wound retractor system.
Butler, John and Vaugh, Trevor and Bonadio, Frank (2011) Wound retractor system. Technical Publication [Details]
2011 Instrument access device used for laparoscopic surgery and surgical procedures, has instrument receiver that receives instrument, and connector extends between proximal element and instrument receiver.
Bonadio, Frank and Vaugh, Trevor and McManus, Ronan and MacNally, Shane (2011) Instrument access device used for laparoscopic surgery and surgical procedures, has instrument receiver that receives instrument, and connector extends between proximal element and instrument receiver. Technical Publication [IR Link] [Details]
2010 Instrument access device for instrument access system, has connector member connecting proximal member with instrument seals, where proximal member and connector member are configured to retain proximal end of retractor member.
Bonadio, Frank and Vaugh, Trevor and McManus, Ronan and MacNally, Shane (2010) Instrument access device for instrument access system, has connector member connecting proximal member with instrument seals, where proximal member and connector member are configured to retain proximal end of retractor member. Technical Publication [IR Link] [Details]
2010 Instrument access system.
Bonadio, Frank and Vaugh, Trevor and McManus, Ronan B and Macnally, Shane J and Butler, John (2010) Instrument access system. Technical Publication [Details]
2010 Instrument Access Device.
Bonadio, Frank and Vaugh, Trevor and McManus, Ronan B and Macnally, Shane J and Mulhall, Michael (2010) Instrument Access Device. Technical Publication [Details]
2009 Device.
Bonadio, Frank and Vaugh, Trevor (2009) Device. Technical Publication [Details]
2009 Holding device for use during eg laparoscopic procedure, has two gripping units, where one of gripping unit grips organ and other gripping unit mounts holding device to desired location, and device is mountable to interior of wall.
Bonadio, Frank and Vaugh, Trevor (2009) Holding device for use during eg laparoscopic procedure, has two gripping units, where one of gripping unit grips organ and other gripping unit mounts holding device to desired location, and device is mountable to interior of wall. Technical Publication [IR Link] [Details]
2009 Surgical sealing device for providing hand or instrument access during surgical procedure has sealing valve with sealing members moved in open configuration which facilitates passage of object through sealing valve to access internal cavity.
Bonadio, Frank and Butler, John and Macnally, Shane and Vaugh, Trevor (2009) Surgical sealing device for providing hand or instrument access during surgical procedure has sealing valve with sealing members moved in open configuration which facilitates passage of object through sealing valve to access internal cavity. Technical Publication [IR Link] [Details]
2009 Wound retractor device.
Bonadio, Frank and Butler, John and Vaugh, Trevor and MacNally, Shane Joseph and Reid, Alan (2009) Wound retractor device. Technical Publication [Details]
2008 Surgical device ie wound retractor device, inserting apparatus, has separate holder element holding surgical device in low-profile configuration, and formed separately from conveying device.
Bonadio, Frank and Butler, John and Vaugh, Trevor and Macnally, Shane (2008) Surgical device ie wound retractor device, inserting apparatus, has separate holder element holding surgical device in low-profile configuration, and formed separately from conveying device. Technical Publication [IR Link] [Details]
2008 Hand and instrument access device.
Bonadio, Frank and Vaugh, Trevor and Butler, John and Macnally, Shane J (2008) Hand and instrument access device. Technical Publication [Details]
2008 Instrument insertion device.
Bonadio, Frank and Butler, John and Vaugh, Trevor (2008) Instrument insertion device. Technical Publication [Details]
2008 Instrument access device for use during eg aparoscopic choecystectomy procedure, has distal anchoring ring provided to locate within wound interior, and retractor with sleeve extending from ring to retract sides of wound opening.
Bonadio, Frank and Butler, John and Vaugh, Trevor and Macnally, Shane (2008) Instrument access device for use during eg aparoscopic choecystectomy procedure, has distal anchoring ring provided to locate within wound interior, and retractor with sleeve extending from ring to retract sides of wound opening. Technical Publication [IR Link] [Details]
2007 Instrument access device.
Vaugh, Trevor and Butler, John and MacNally, Shane and Bonadio, Frank (2007) Instrument access device. Technical Publication [Details]
2007 Surgical device.
Butler, John and Vaugh, Trevor and Bonadio, Frank (2007) Surgical device. Technical Publication [Details]
2007 Apparatus for inserting a surgical device at least partially through a wound opening.
Bonadio, Frank and Butler, John and Vaugh, Trevor and MacNally, Shane Joseph (2007) Apparatus for inserting a surgical device at least partially through a wound opening. Technical Publication [Details]
2007 Surgical devices seal, has two sealing members each having accessway that provide access from one side of sealing members to other side of members, and biasing unit biasing two sealing members towards one another.
Butler, John and Vaugh, Trevor and Bonadio, Frank and Mcmanus, Ronan and Macnally, Shane and Cuschieri, Alfread and Reid, Alan and others (2007) Surgical devices seal, has two sealing members each having accessway that provide access from one side of sealing members to other side of members, and biasing unit biasing two sealing members towards one another. Technical Publication [IR Link] [Details]
2007 Wound retractor for use during laparoscopic surgery, has connecting member extending between proximal and distal members, and release member stowed away before release member is required to be used to release distal member.
Bonadio, Frank and Butler, John and Deegan, C and Vaugh, Trevor (2007) Wound retractor for use during laparoscopic surgery, has connecting member extending between proximal and distal members, and release member stowed away before release member is required to be used to release distal member. Technical Publication [IR Link] [Details]
2007 Cannula has lip seal movingly coupled to proximal section, to facilitate relative movement of instrument shaft between seal and proximal section and to maintain sealing engagement between shaft and proximal portion.
Bonadio, Frank and Vaugh, Trevor (2007) Cannula has lip seal movingly coupled to proximal section, to facilitate relative movement of instrument shaft between seal and proximal section and to maintain sealing engagement between shaft and proximal portion. Technical Publication [IR Link] [Details]
2007 Instrument access device for use in accessing a wound interior has an opening portion for partly opening a seal to allow insertion of an instrument in which the seal is reinforced upon engagement with the instrument.
Vaugh, Trevor and Butler, John and Macnally, Shane and Bonadio, Frank (2007) Instrument access device for use in accessing a wound interior has an opening portion for partly opening a seal to allow insertion of an instrument in which the seal is reinforced upon engagement with the instrument. Technical Publication [IR Link] [Details]
2006 Surgical instrument.
Bonadio, Frank and Butler, John and Vaugh, Trevor and Deegan, Catherine and MacNally, Shane (2006) Surgical instrument. Technical Publication [Details]
2005 Seal for a cannula.
Bonadio, Frank and Vaugh, Trevor (2005) Seal for a cannula. Technical Publication [Details]
2005 A surgical sealing device.
Butler, John and Vaugh, Trevor and Bonadio, Frank (2005) A surgical sealing device. Technical Publication [Details]
2005 Wound retractor device.
Bonadio, Frank and Vaugh, Trevor and Butler, John and Deegan, Catherine (2005) Wound retractor device. Technical Publication [Details]
2004 Surgical sealing device.
Vaugh, Trevor and Butler, John and Bonadio, Frank (2004) Surgical sealing device. Technical Publication [Details]
2003 Surgical device.
Bonadio, Frank and Butler, John and Vaugh, Trevor and MacNally, Shane and Reid, Alan (2003) Surgical device. Technical Publication [Details]
2003 Device.
Butler, John and Bonadio, Frank and Vaugh, Trevor and McManus, Ronan and MacNally, Shane and Deegan, Catherine and Cuschieri, Alfred and Reid, Alan (2003) Device. Technical Publication [Details]
2002 Device.
Butler, John and Bonadio, Frank and Bell, Duncan and Woods, Lisa and Vaugh, Trevor (2002) Device. Technical Publication [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2019 Best paper - International conference of Education Pedagogy International conference of Education Pedagogy
2016 Postgrad Ireland 'Best New Course 2016' for the MSc in Design innovation Postgrad Ireland
2018 Postgrad Ireland 'Best New Course 2018' for the MSc in Design innovation Food Postgrad Ireland
2016 IDI Collaborative Award for Iterations Design & Practice review Institute of Designers of Ireland
2009 Cleveland clinic's top 10 innovations (ASC/Olympus) Cleveland clinic

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Anthropological Association of Ireland Member 01-MAY-16 /
Institute of Designers in Ireland Member 01-JAN-12 /