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Sir Bernard Crossland Symposium

Congratulations to MME PhD students Alix Whelan and Rick Cressall, and all other participants of the

21st Sir Bernard Crossland Symposium & Postgraduate Workshop


organised by the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, UCD 25-26 April 2018.

The Sir Bernard Crossland Bursary is awarded annually to a postgraduate student who is in the second year of their PhD research in Mechanical Engineering or closely related disciplines at Universities and Institutes of Technology in Ireland. This is the 21st event, organised jointly by Engineers Ireland and the Council of Professors of Mechanical Engineering. Funding for the paper prizes is provided by a bequest administered by Engineers Ireland. The poster prizes are sponsored by ESB.

This year's symposium was hosted by School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, University College Dublin on 25-26 April 2018. The winners are selected on the basis of scientific and technical content, innovative approach, industrial relevance and presentation. A technical paper is prepared and presented by each candidate participating.

An annual postgraduate research workshop is held concurrently with the Sir Bernard Crossland symposium. The candidates participating in the workshop present their work in poster form showcasing leading research carried out within the mechanical (or closely related) engineering in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Prizes for the postgraduate research workshop are sponsored by the Irish Research Council and Engineers Ireland.

Candidates from the various Universities and Institutes are nominated by their respective Council of Professors of Mechanical Engineering member.

Congratulations to the 2018 winners:

  • Paper Awards
    • Joint 1st Place: Alix Whelan, Trinity College Dublin (supervisor: Caitríona Lally) and Dan Smith, Queen's University Belfast
    • 3rd Place: Geoffrey Neale, Ulster University
  • Poster Awards
    • 1st Place: Rick Cressall, Trinity College Dublin/University of Notre Dame (supervisors: Tim Persoons, TCD and Kenneth T. Christensen, ND)
    • 2nd Place: Rachel Cahalane, University of Limerick
    • 3rd Place: Oisín Byrne, University College Dublin

Sir Bernard Crossland Symposium From left to right: Darina Murray, Paper Award Winners Alix Whelan and Dan Smith, Brian Falzon, Alojz Ivankovic
Sir Bernard Crossland Symposium From left to right: Darina Murray, Poster Award Winner Rick Cressall, Alojz Ivankovic