Professor Kennedy was appointed in 1986 as Professor of Physics and Head of School at Dublin City University (DCU) and served as Dean of the Faculty of Science from 1987 to 1994. He has published widely, served on international Advisory Boards, coordinated EU research networks and carried out research at facilities in Wash. DC, Hamburg, Paris and Berkeley. He was the founding Director of the National Centre for Plasma Science and Technology and was appointed university Vice-President for Research in December 2004, holding this position until his recent retirement. He served as Chair of the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland from 2006 to 2011. He is now Professor Emeritus at DCU.