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Paul Mannix wins the Maurice F. FitzGerald Prize 2015

15 February 2016


Pictured is the winner of the Maurice F FitzGerald Prize 2015, Paul Mannix (Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering) with Trustees - Associate Professor Brian Foley (Head of the School of Engineering), Mr Finbar Callanan (former Director General of Engineers Ireland), Associate Professor Ciaran Simms (Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning - School of Engineering) and Assistant Professor Michael Brady (School of Computer Science and Statistics), at Trinity College Dublin on 12th February, 2016.

The Maurice F. FitzGerald Prize was instituted in 1961 by a bequest from Anna Maria Fitzgerald. It is awarded annually where sufficient merit is shown, on the nomination of Trustees, and on the basis of final examination results 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 engineering.


At his graduation Paul Mannix was presented with a gold medal, and was the recipient of the Jeffcott Prize and Wright Prize having obtained the highest aggregate grade within the Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering stream. During his B.A.I degree he undertook a placement at Bell Labs thermal management department, and participated in the Trinity College based student accelerator program Launchbox; these periods he attributes to greatly cultivating his enthusiasm for the profession.


Currently pursuing a research masters in Fluid Dynamics at Imperial College London, Paul aims to specialise in electro-hydrodynamics (EHD), a field of fluid mechanics "concerning electrical force effects and the influence of fluid motion on electrical fields" and exhibiting much potential for the better understanding and combination of analytical and experimental work. In tandem with developing his knowledge and research skills, he hopes to pursue ventures and projects concerning energy harvesting in the domain of fluid mechanics; a topical issue demanding consideration at all scales.

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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