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Computer Engineering student Amber Higgins awarded John Fitzpatrick Memorial Medal 2018

12 July 2019


Pictured is Mr Finbar Callanan, Former Director General of Engineers Ireland, Amber Higgins and Professor Henry Rice, Head of School of Engineering,outside the Dining Hall


Last month the Head of the School of Engineering, Professor Henry Rice presented Amber Higgins with the 2018 John Fitzpatrick Memorial Medal. This prize was established in 2013 by a bequest from the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in memory of the late professor John Fitzpatrick, former Head of School of Engineering and Chair of Mechanical Engineering. Amber Higgins a Computer Engineering graduate received the award as the top performing student in the 2017/2018 MAI programme.

Professor John Fitzpatrick, FTCD, MRIA was Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Trinity from 1994-2012. He was originally appointed as lecturer in 1980 in a newly formed department. In this time he established a world class reputation for teaching and research in engineering in Trinity. John’s research was focussed on flow induced vibrations and attendant noise. This work dated back to his PhD studies in Queen’s University Belfast where he examined flow dynamics in heat exchanger arrays. His interest in the acoustics of these structures led to inquiring, life-long studies of the fundamental mechanisms of noise generation from turbulence and its application to jet engines.








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