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Amber Higgins wins the Maurice F. FitzGerald Prize 2017

05 July 2019

Amber Higgins pictured with Professor Alan O'Connor and Finbar Callanan at the front steps of the Dining Hall celebrating the Maurice F. Fitzgerald Prize 2017
Professor Alan O'Connor with Amber Higgins winner of the Maurice F. FitzGerald Prize 2017 and Finbar Callanan

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.

Amber Higgins, who specialised in Computer Engineering, was awarded the Maurice F. Fitzgerald Prize for 2017 last month having achieved a level of distinction in her studies at Trinity College. She is also the recipient of the Professor John Fitzpatrick Prize for 2018 and the MAI Prize in Computer Engineering for 2018, having been the highest performing student in the MAI programme for 2018.

Amber expressed her delight at receiving the Maurice F. Fitzgerald Prize. “I cannot express how much it means to have been nominated for the receipt of the Maurice F. Fitzgerald Prize. As an engineer of Trinity College Dublin, I cannot think of any greater recognition of what inspires me to be a great engineer.”

Since completing her MAI in Trinity in 2018, Amber has been working with Citibank Europe plc as part of the Blockchain Centre of Excellence in their Dublin Innovation Lab. There, she works on developing state of the art solutions to some of the most complex problems facing the financial industry today using Distributed Ledger Technologies.

Amber’s future ambitions lie in the field of cybersecurity. As part of her Masters she undertook a significant research project in the area of cybersecurity, where she implemented a resilient cyber incident monitoring system which leveraged active network defence. In her career, Amber intends to advance in the field of cybersecurity by promoting sustainable trust in technology across the global ecosystem of people and organisations.

The Maurice F. Fitzgerald Prize is managed by trustees including Provost of Trinity, Dr Patrick Prendergast, Head of Trinity’s School of Engineering, Professor Henry Rice, Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning in Trinity’s School of Engineering, Professor Alan O’Connor, Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning in Trinity’s School of Computer Science and Statistics, Assistant Professor Jonathan Dukes and former Director General of Engineers Ireland, Mr Finbar Callanan.

 

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