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DkIT Hosts Annual Peter Rice Awards Ceremony for Engineering Students

The annual Peter Rice medal competition took place on 13 December 2017 in the School of Engineering in Dundalk Institute of Technology. This event is organised annually by the School of Engineering and is run in conjunction with and sponsored by Engineers Ireland North East Region.  

Peter Rice, who was born in Dundalk, worked for Ove Arup on projects such as Centre Pompidou, Lloyd’s of London, the Louvre Pyramid and Sydney Opera House and is considered to be one of Ireland’s most outstanding engineers.

The Peter Rice medal commemorates his life and work and the award is made annually to the best Level 7 Engineering and Construction student project in Dundalk Institute of Technology.

The event is also used to showcase project work within the School of Engineering, with student posters and projects on display during the event. For the competition itself, three candidates from a range of Engineering disciplines presented their Level 7 student projects to an audience of students, staff and a panel of judges from Engineers Ireland North East Region.  

The finalists were Abdulaziz Abu Hassn representing Civil Engineering who presented his work on slope stability on the Jeddah Highway in Saudi Arabia; Mark Kearney representing Electrical and Electronic Systems who presented his work on the design of an electronic calculator; and James McEneaney representing Mechanical Engineering who presented his work on the development of a carcycle.

Following the presentations, each candidate was interviewed by the judging panel.  The judging panel consisted of Ciaran Callan, Civil Engineer from Corcom; Andrew Crowley,  Mechanical Engineer from Suretank; Claire Hughes, Civil Engineer from Monaghan County Council; and Francis O’Reilly, Electrical Engineer from O’Reilly Electrical.  The panel decided to award this year’s Peter Rice Medal to Mark Kearney from Electrical and Electronic Systems for his project on the design of an electronic calculator. The two other finalists each received certificates of commendation.

Dundalk Institute of Technology wishes to congratulate to Mark and all the finalists who took part in the competition.

For more information on Engineering courses at DkIT visit www.dkit.ie/courses 

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