Oisín Moore, a student at NUI Galway, has been named as a runner-up in the Engineers Ireland Level 8 Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Awards 2014 sponsored by Siemens.
The mechanical engineering student was shortlisted for the entry titled ‘Improving Breast Cancer Screening – Design of a Microwave Breast Imaging Prototype’. Microwave imaging is one of the most promising emerging medical imaging modalities. In his project Oisín tackles the technical weaknesses of existing systems and incorporates new design considerations from technical and clinical collaborators.
James King, a student at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) was named winner of the Engineers Ireland Level 8 Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Awards 2014.
John Power, chartered engineer, director general of Engineers Ireland said Oisín’s success and the achievement of others shows engineering plays a vital role in many existing and developing industries and there were jobs for engineers.
“Of the numerous job announcements over the past 12 months, many of these have been engineering opportunities. There continues to be real career options and demand for engineers of all backgrounds in Ireland. While there is an increase in the number of students opting for engineering at third level we still need more students choosing from the wide variety of engineering courses available to fulfil the employment needs of industry now and in the future.”
Aiden Cawley of Siemens said the 2014 entries again showed students’ ability to develop innovative solutions to challenges faced by industry and people in everyday society. “From health projects that explore improvements in breast cancer screening and transporting organs to war torn locations to innovations in farming equipment and the brewing process, this year’s entries exemplify original thinking, practical solutions and excellent technical competence.”
The ‘Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Awards’ promotes and showcases excellence in engineering. Final year students of accredited by Engineers Ireland, are eligible to enter and the competition is judged on the merit of final year projects.
For further information about Engineers Ireland and the Engineers Ireland Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Awards log onto www.engineersireland.ie.