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Alix Whelan TCBE PhD candidate one of the Fullbright Irish Awardees 20018-2019

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Since 1957, the Fulbright Awards are awarded annually by the Irish and U.S. governments to provide Irish and American students, scholars, and professionals with the opportunity to study, lecture, and research at top universities and institutions throughout Ireland and the United States. The Fulbright Program is the largest U.S. international exchange program in the world, where the Irish awards are jointly funded by the Irish and US governments under the Ireland-United States (Fulbright) Commission for Educational Exchange.
Mr. Reece Smyth, Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy in Ireland, recently announced the 2018 Fulbright Irish Awardees in the Ambassador’s Residence, Phoenix Park.  Among the Irish student Awardees was Trinity College Dublin student, Alix Whelan.


Alix is a PhD candidate in the Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering and the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering, where she has also previously completed her B.A.I. and M.A.I. degrees. In 2016 Alix was awarded an Irish Research Council Scholarship for her PhD studies, which is partnered with Boston Scientific Corporation and focuses on the development of bioprosthetic heart valves. As a 2018 Fulbright- Enterprise Ireland Awardee, Alix will continue her work in developing a computational model which can enable improved bioprosthetic valve design. This research will be conducted in collaboration with the renowned Professor Michael Sacks research group at the University of Texas, at Austin.

Please read the full article of 2018 awardees on Fullbright.ie