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Jack Fitzsimons wins the Maurice F. FitzGerald Prize 2014

20 March 2015


Pictured is the winner of the Maurice F FitzGerald Prize 2014, Jack Fitzsimons (Computer Engineering) with Trustees - Assistant Professor Michael Brady (School of Computer Science and Statistics), Associate Professor Ciaran Simms (Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning - School of Engineering), Associate Professor Brian Foley (Head of the School of Engineering) and Mr Finbar Callanan (former Director General of Engineers Ireland) at Trinity College Dublin on 19th March, 2015.

This prize was instituted in 1961 by a bequest from Anna Maria Fitzgerald and is awarded annually, where sufficient merit is shown, on the nomination of Trustees based on the results at the final examination for the degree of B.A.I. at Trinity College, Dublin.  Candidates must have achieved distinction during the engineering course and be making satisfactory progression of their knowledge in the profession of engineer.

At his graduation, Jack Fitzsimons was presented with a gold medal on the basis of his overall performance in Computer Engineering.  He was also the recipient of the Collen Prize and McNeill Award, having obtained the highest overall average grade in his final examinations and the best final year project within his stream of engineering.  Jack also won the overall prize in Computer Science at The Undergraduate Awards competition and the Research Excellence Award at the SPIE Optics and Photonics 2014.

While attending Trinity College, Jack took every opportunity to gain commercial and academic engineering experience. During his undergraduate years, he interned at Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California's Institute of Technology.  Having been awarded the Donal Murphy scholarship to the Queen’s College, he is now pursuing a DPhil in Machine Learning at the University of Oxford, under the supervision of Prof Stephen Roberts and Dr Michael Osborne. Specifically, Jack is working on Probabilistic Numerics, an exciting new field of research that leverages Bayesian reasoning to answer the numerical challenges posed by machine learning.  In the future, he hopes to use the knowledge and skills that he is developing to both further the field of machine learning and to start innovative ventures.

The Trustees for this prize include the Provost, Dr. Patrick Prendergast, Associate Professor Brian Foley (Head of the School of Engineering), Associate Professor Ciaran Simms (Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning – School of Engineering), Assistant Professor Michael Brady (School of Computer Science and Statistics) and Mr Finbar Callanan (former Director General of Engineers Ireland).

 

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