CIT Student Patrick Byrne wins Engineers Ireland Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Award

CIT Student Patrick Byrne wins Engineers Ireland Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Award

Published on: Wednesday, 12 June 2013

The Award is sponsored by Siemens. The winners were announced in Engineers Ireland HQ, Dublin, by President of Engineers Ireland Michael Phillips, on Monday 10th June.

Click here to view a one page pictorial summary of Patrick Byrnes's award winning project 'Automation of Femoral Implant Ultrasonic Cleaning and Blast Processes at Zimmer Orthopaedics'.

Other students shortlisted in the Level 8 category included John Roberts, Cork Institute of Technology; Darragh McCoy, Dublin Institute of Technology; Sean McMahon, NUI Galway; and Adam Przedpelski, NUI Maynooth.

In the Level 7 category Aoife Hegarty, Stephen Gibbons and David Healy, all from IT Sligo; and Darren McKenna, Institute of Art, Design and Technology were all also shortlisted.



Pictured with Patrick (centre) are Margie McCarthy, Membership Director, Engineers Ireland and Liam Mulligan, Siemens Sustainability Manager.
Photographer Mark Maxwell


CIT student Patrick Byrnes has won first prize in the Engineers Ireland Level 8 Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Awards 2013, and Alistair Chambers, a student at IT Carlow, won the Level 7 category. The aim of the ‘Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Awards’ is to highlight excellence in engineering degrees across Ireland. The competition is judged on merit of final year projects. Final year students of Level 7 and Level 8 engineering degree programmes accredited by Engineers Ireland are eligible to enter.

Patrick Byrne's Level 8 project, Automation of Ultrasonic Cleaning and Blast Processes at Zimmer Orthopaedics, analysed the bottle neck locations in manufacturing practices to find a process solution now to be integrated into Zimmer's improved manufacturing process.

The Level 7 category winner, designed by Alistair Chambers, is a device that allows straw moisture and quality to be easily and efficiently assessed at all stages from the field to the end-user. With the capacity to be retro-fitted to any tractor-mounted or loader-mounted bale handler with removable tines, the device is a cost-effective way of ensuring a quality product for sale in livestock and equine markets or new emerging markets in Green energy.

There is a consensus among business and industry leaders that the innovative skills which engineers possess will be increasingly valuable over the next decade in Ireland," said John Power, director general of Engineers Ireland. "The growing take-up of higher level maths in the Leaving Certificate is positive recognition amongst our school students of the possibilities a career in engineering can offer. The Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Awards are designed to further encourage and reward the young ingenuity that is the hallmark of our engineering third level students across Ireland. I would like to once again this year praise the creativity and innovation that has been so noticeable in the submissions for this year's competition."

Liam Mulligan, Siemens Sustainability Manager, said: "The Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Awards challenges students to think conceptually and strategically. Engineers will play a vital role in Ireland's economic revitalisation and Siemens supports this competition as part of our programme to engage and encourage young people to consider careers in engineering."



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