Ailish Breen, second year PhD student

Ailish Breen secured the best poster prize in the European Society for Gene Therapy meeting that was held in Tampere, Finland. The poster was entitled 'Optimisation of a Fibrin Scaffold for Viral Vector Mediated Gene Delivery'. Ailish has just entered the second year of her PhD. Her research is funded by the Health Research Board and she is supervised by Prof. Abhay Pandit.

Ellen Roche, final year BE student in biomedical engineering

The Ryan Hanley Prize for the best final year project in all 8 engineering degree disciplines at NUI Galway. Awarded for the project "An Ex-Vivo Carotid Model." Following the Ryan Hanley Prize, Ellen represented NUI, Galway in the Siemens Young Engineer of the Year Award, and took second place. The Siemens Award is presented annually for the best final project in all engineering degree disciplines in Irish universities and Institutes of Technology. Ellen Roche was also awarded the Medtronic Prize for the top final year project in Biomedical Engineering in NUI Galway. On graduation she was awarded a placement in the IBEC Export Orientation Programme.

Áine Greene, final year BE student in Mechanical Engineering

Áine Greene was presented with the Frederick Barnes Waldron ’Best Student’ prize of the Insitute of Mechanical Engineers, and featured in the IMechE newsletter . She took second place in the Ryan Hanley Prize, for her project "Study of Boiler Sootblowing / Thermal Drain Valve Performance on a Power Generating Unit at ESB Moneypoint." Áine is now employed in the power generation division of ESB.

Marty Lastiwka, PhD student

Finalist in the Bill Morton Prize for the best presentation by a young researcher at the ICFDConference on Numerical Methods for Fluid Dynamics, Oxford, April 2004. Awarded for the paper "Adaptive particle distribution for Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics" by Martin Lastiwka, Nathan Quinlan and Mihai Basa.

Nathan Quinlan, lecturer

Bronze Medal of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland for the paper "Measurements of three-dimensional unsteady flow in a model left ventricle with prosthetic valves" by Donal Taylor, Nathan Quinlan and John Eaton presented at the 10th annual Bioengineering in Ireland Conference, Castelconnell, Co. Limerick, January 2004.