Michael Dunning Siemens Innovative Engineer of the Year, 2007

The Siemens Innovative Engineer of the Year for 2007 is Michael Dunning, a final year student in Biomedical Engineering at NUI Galway. Michael designed a novel biodegradable self-expanding polymeric stent (a medical implant used to hold narrow a vessel open when it is constricted as a result of disease or imflammation). The awards was presented after a nationwide competition and presentations by 6 finalists, representing six Universities and Institutes of Technology. Michael's award-winning work was conducted for his final year project with the supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit. Michael is now employed by Galway-based medical device developer, Zerusa.

Dr. Conchúr Ó Brádaigh , lecturer

ÉireComposites Teo.has won the Innovation category in the inaugural Údarás na Gaeltachta Business Awards. Dr. Conchúr Ó Brádaigh, Joint Managing Director of ÉireComposites, is a part-time lecturer in the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, NUI Galway. ÉireComposites, based in An Cheathrú Rua, Co. Galway, is a true world leader in the design, manufacturing and testing of lightweight, high performance fibre-reinforced composite materials. It has established accredited aerospace composites manufacturing and testing facilities in Galway to service its 60 customers worldwide who are in the aerospace, wind energy, marine, Formula 1 racing and general automotive sectors. It is one of the few companies in the world that can offer integrated design, tooling, manufacturing and testing of composites in a single organisation. Padraig Ó h-Aoláin (Údarás na Gaeltachta), PJ Feerick (ÉireComposites), Conchúr Ó Brádaigh (ÉireComposites and NUI Galway) and Terence O’Rourke (KPMG)

Rosa Vinas Castells, B.E. graduate in biomedical engineering

At the November 2007 graduation ceremony, Rosa Vinas Castells was presented with the Medtronic Prize in Biomedical Engineering for achieving the highest mark in the final year of the programme leading to the B.E. in Biomedical Engineering. Rosa also won an IRCSET postgraduate scholarship and is now carrying out research on biomaterials for a Ph.D. She is pictured receiving her award from the President of NUI Galway, Dr. Iognáid Ó Muircheartaigh. Award-winning biomedical engineering graduate Rosa Vinas Castells with the President, Dr. Iognáid Ó Muircheartaigh.

Claire Conway , B.E. graduate in mechanical engineering

Claire Conway received the MCSPrize in Mechanical Engineering, awarded for the best individual project by a final year student of Mechanical Engineering, as well as the IMechEFrederick Barnes Waldron Prize for the best overall mark in the Mechanical Engineering degree programme. Claire also won an IRCSET postgraduate scholarship and has started a Ph.D. in medical device design in NUI Galway. President of NUI Galway, Dr. Iognáid Ó Muircheartaigh, presented the awards at the November conferring. Claire Conway receiving her award from the President of NUI Galway, Dr. Iognáid Ó Muircheartaigh.

Nathan Quinlan, lecturer

Dr. Nathan Quinlan, a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, has received a President's Award for Teaching Excellence, presented this year to 5 members of NUI Galway staff. He develops and teaches courses on Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering (first year), Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer (third year), and Energy Conversion (fourth year).

Garrett Ryan , Ph.D. student

Best oral presentation at the 21st European Conference on Biomaterials for "Apatite Formation on Bioactive Porous Titanium Scaffold" by Ryan, G., Kaiser, R., Kitching, K., Apatsidis, D. and Pandit, A.

Jeff Chan, Ph.D. student

Best poster presentation at the 21st European Conference on Biomaterials for "Optimization of Properties of Cholecyst-Derived Extracellular Matrix using Carbodiimide Crosslinking" by Chan, J.C.Y., Burugapalli, K., Kelly, J.L. and Pandit, A.

Yolanda Garcia, Ph.D. student

Travel award, 21st European Conference on Biomaterials.

Noel Harrison, Ph.D. student

Noel Harrison won 1st Prize for Best Overall Oral Presentation at the European Society of Biomechanics Summer Workshop 2007 on Finite Element Modelling in Biomechanics and Mechanobiology, attended by over 160 delegates from across Europe, for his presentation entitled “A Novel Large Deformation Finite Element Approach to Modelling Micro-Damage and Micro-Fracture in Trabecular Bone” (Harrison, N., McDonnell, P., Mullins, L. and McHugh, P.E.). Noel is an IRCSET scholar and supervised by Professor Peter McHugh.
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Caroline Hopkins, Ph.D. student

Postgraduate student Caroline Hopkins, who is an IRCSET Scholar, won the Northern Ireland Biomedical Engineering Society (NIBES) DePuy Shield for the Best New Student at the Bioengineering in Ireland 13Conference -– the joint conference of the Section of Bioengineering, Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland and the Northern Ireland Biomedical Engineering Society –- for a presentation entitled “Computer Modelling of Gene Delivery from a Coated Stent”, co-authored by Professor Peter McHugh and Dr. Patrick McGarry. She also recently won 2nd prize in the poster competition of the 10th Annual Sir Bernard Crossland Symposium and Postgraduate Research Workshop for her project.