SciFest winner claims top prize at BT Young Scientist of the year

Congratulations to Adam Kelly, a 5th year student from Skerries Community College and winner of the BT Young Scientist of the year 2019.

Adam won first prize for his project “Optimizing The Simulation Of General Quantum Circuits” and will go on to represent Ireland at the European Young Scientist competition in Bulgaria in September.

BT Young Scientist Judge and Chair of the Chemical, Physical and Mathematics Category, Professor Sean Corish said that Kelly’s winning entry focusing on quantum computing “represents a potentially significant advance in computing”.

“Adam developed a tool to select the optimum algorithm for the simulation of particular quantum circuits, which may inform the development of a practical quantum computer, which is still at an early stage. This has implications across many areas, including cybersecurity.”

“In addition, he used Open Source code to parallelise quantum simulation on graphical processing units that is significantly quicker than other available simulators and this work has already come to the attention of key industry leaders.”

Source: BT Young Scientist/Twitter

This news is of particular significance at TU Dublin – Blanchardstown Campus, as Adam previously won the SFI Best Project Award at the regional SciFest@College STEM fair at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown in May 2018. Out of 80 projects exhibited on the day, the top prize on the day went to Adam for his project, An Open Source Solution to GPU Accelarated Quantum Computer Simulation. Adam was also named the overall winner of SciFest 2018 at the National Final last November.

As a result of his SciFest award Adam will go on to represent Ireland at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, Arizona in May. Intel ISEF is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. Each year, approximately 1,800 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions, and territories showcase their independent research at Intel ISEF and compete for an average $4 million in prizes. As the overall winner of the BTYSTE, Adam will go forward to represent Ireland at the 31st EU Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) in Bulgaria in September.

Source: Scifest.ie

We wish Adam every success in his future scientific career.

TU Dublin formally established by law


Pic Shows: (L-R) Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. and new TU Dublin President, Professor David FitzPatrick pictured with model of Central Quad, Grangegorman campus. The Central and East Quads currently under construction will be completed in 2020

Tuesday, January 1, 2019: Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin), Ireland’s first technological university, has been formally established by law today.

This follows the announcement last month by the Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. and Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., that Professor David FitzPatrick is to be the first president of the new institution.

TU Dublin will become the largest Higher Education Institution in the State with almost 28,000 students and over 3,000 staff. It will be a multi-campus university with campuses in Grangegorman, Blanchardstown and Tallaght as well as a “virtual” campus.

Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Tallaght and Institute of Technology Blanchardstown have now formally combined to become Technological University Dublin.

Minister McHugh and Minister Mitchell O’Connor have also announced the members of the first governing body of the institution, to be chaired by Professor Tom Collins, who are Dr Caitriona Fisher, Ms Imelda Reynolds, and Mr Paddy Lavelle.

Picture: Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. and new TU Dublin President, Professor David FitzPatrick pictured with model of Central Quad, Grangegorman campus. The Central and East Quads currently under construction will be completed in 2020

Students receive Intel Engineering Design Student of the Year Award 2018

A special event was held in  on Friday 7th December to mark the achievement ofmechatronic engineering students Roy Mercer and Raymond Matthews on being joint winners of the INTEL sponsored Engineering Design Student of the Year Award 2018. The award is in recognition of outstanding achievement in a final year engineering design project completed as part of the Level 8 Mechatronic Engineering programme .

Roy and Raymond were announced as joint winners of the award at the graduation ceremony in November 2018 and they were presented with the award trophy engraved with their names at the special event on December 7th. They were also presented with a certificate and voucher. Both students graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronic Engineering. Roy completed his studies on the part-time programme while working with INTEL, while Raymond completed his studies on the full-time programme.

Raymond’s design project was on the design and development of a post-processor for a multi-axis CNC milling centre. The post-processor conversion involves FANUC Numerical Control (NC) and Heidenhain NC code for three axes milling machine and is bidirectional. The post-processor incorporates the use of an intelligent software system that adds the flexibility of using the same NC code to operate different CNC machines based on the controller software language. Dr. Darren Lavelle was the project supervisor.

Roy put forward a project proposal which aimed to reduce household energy consumption by providing a reliable alternative method of drying clothes to the tumble dryer which is rated as one of the most inefficient household appliances currently in use. Roy’s solution was to build an automated canopy to protect drying clothes hanging outside on a traditional rotary clothesline from sporadic rain fall. The system is designed to sense when rain is falling and deploy the canopy over the clothesline thus sheltering the drying clothes beneath. Once the rain ceases, the canopy will retract allowing maximum drying power from the sun when available. Dr. Kevin Mellon was the project supervisor. Pictured above, from left: Michelle Looby, Senior Lecturer in Engineering; Roy Mercer; Raymond Matthews; Dr. Garret Brady, Lecturer in Engineering and Year 4 Co-ordinator; Dr. Darren Lavelle, Lecturer in Engineering & Project Supervisor.

Student receives Intel Women in Technology Award

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Catharine Phoenix was recently presented with an Intel Women in Technology Award at a special ceremony held on November 20th 2018 in Dublin’s Morisson Hotel. The Intel Women in Technology awards are presented to a number of high achieving students who have recently graduated from a Level 6 or 7 engineering or computer science programme at Institutes of Technology across Ireland. As well as being presented with their award on the night, recipients also receive a monetary prize. Recipients are selected based on academic excellence. Catharine has just completed a Level 7 BSc in Computing in Information Technology Degree , achieving a first class honours award. Catharine attended at the Intel awards ceremony with family members. Also in attendance was Michelle Looby, Senior Lecturer in Engineering.

In addition to her outstanding achievement in obtaining her first class honours degree, Catharine also has a number of other commendable achievements. In her first year in college she secured a scholarship with local business Liberty IT which in addition to financial support for academic studies, also includes eight weeks of paid work experience. In 2017 Catharine won a scholarship to take part at the 2017 UNITE Europe Games Conference held in Amsterdam. Her entry to the competition was an interactive, multi-level 2D-platform game using hand-drawn graphics. The competition, run by German mobile games company Wooga, is open to female computing and engineering students across all of Europe and Catherine was selected as one of five women to be awarded the scholarship. As well as her academic achievements, Catharine is also a mom to three girls and owns and runs a Montessori school.

ITB is committed to the promotion of women in technology and runs many initiatives around this each year, such as the Young Women in Technology (YWIT) programme open to Transition Year girls from local schools and also the annual Coding4Girls Summer camp. For further details on these initiative, please contact adrienne.harding@itb.ie

 

Sports Scholarships presented to 22 ITB students

On Friday December 7th, ITB awarded its annual Sports Scholarships to students who have demonstrated outstanding sporting ability. A total of 22 scholarships were awarded to participants in Rugby, Basketball, Soccer, Badminton, Pool, Karate, Taekwon-do and Kick Boxing, with packages totalling 25,000 euros.

The awards were presented to the students by Mr. Ronan Keaskin (ITB Sports Development Officer). Speaking at the presentation Ronan said “ITB is delighted to present scholarships today to such motivated students in such a wide range of sports. ITB has a growing number of clubs on campus and we welcome applications from anyone who wants to participate in sports at a high level while committing to their course of study”. The ITB Sports Scholarships were established in 2006 to assist students with outstanding sports potential and ability and recipients compete both at national and international level. In addition to an excellent financial package, recipients are also provided with academic mentoring, free athletic therapy support and high performance personal training support. The scholarships are available to all qualifying full time ITB students. Scholarships are awarded in a range of sports with applicants being short-listed and interviewed as part of the selection process. Each scholarship covers a period of one academic year. Students who are registered on a full-time course at ITB may apply for a scholarship up to the closing date of October 1st. The 2018 awardees are:

Aimee Clarke
Claire Melia
Colin McCabe
Erin Mc Bride
Lauren Duffy
Emmanuel Okesola Esuku
David Mc Quillan
Megan Bredin
Sophie Larkin
Jordan White
Danielle Baker
Matt Connolly
Niamh Masterson
Anna Brennan
Eric Abulu
Robert Manley
Eoghan Morgan
Jamie Coyne
Daniel O’Donovan
Jamie Hollywood
Eleanor Ryan Doyle
Naoisha McAloon

A selection of photographs from the presentation can be viewed in the gallery below:

Sporting Prowess Programme now open for 2019 Applications

 

Applications are now open for the ITB Sporting Prowess Programme. This programme is aimed at prospective students who display outstanding sporting ability at national or regional level, and offers an opportunity to participate on our full time Sports Management & Coaching Courses on a reduced points basis. Up to 10% of available places are reserved for such students.

Students must apply through the CAO in the usual manner and then make a separate application to ITB via the relevant national or regional sporting body.

Applicants must meet the minimum entry requirements for the course but there will be up to 50 points available at interview that will be added to applicants Leaving Certificate points total.

The closing date to apply is March 30th 2018. The application form and full details on how to apply can be found here.

ITB hosts its 18th Graduation Ceremony

The Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB, welcomed almost 1,000 (924) students to their 18th graduation ceremony on Friday 9th November 2018, with students receiving awards at Level 6 (Higher Certificate) to Level 9 (Masters) along with the first graduation of the Learn & Work Higher Certificate in Science in Computing in Networking Technologies. This graduation marks the final ceremony as ITB before they become TU Dublin on 1st January 2019.

Dr. Diarmuid O’Callaghan, President, ITB, said at the Graduation, “I wish to offer my congratulations to all our graduates. Today is a momentous occasion in the history of ITB. This graduation ceremony is the 18th and final graduation ceremony of the institute, before it becomes TU Dublin in January 2019. TU Dublin will be innovative, creative and entrepreneurial and will offer a joined-up approach to the third-level experience that involves connecting students, employers, researchers and the wider academic community to facilitate economic transformation and sustainable growth in the greater Dublin Region. TU Dublin will be a place where our students, staff and partners will connect with academic programmes to create Ireland’s skilled graduates of tomorrow.”

A selection of photographs from the event can be viewed here

ITB, DIT and ITT share the Sunday Times Institute of the year award of TUDublin

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Sunday Times University Guide

For the first time in its history, The Sunday Times Good University Guide has jointly awarded the Institute of Technology of the Year award to three institutions: Dublin, Blanchardstown and Tallaght ITs. The joint award recognises the three institutions that will together form the new Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) from January 1, 2019.

The new joint venture represents the biggest change in Irish third-level education in a generation, instantly becoming one of the largest third-level educators in the country, with some 28,500 students. A huge building programme is currently under way, and once complete Technological University Dublin will be spread across three campuses, at Grangegorman (DIT), Tallaght (IT Tallaght) and Blanchardstown (IT Blanchardstown).

One of the best ways to learn more about TU Dublin is to come along to one of our Open Days where you will get the chance to attend programme specific presentations, meet with students and staff and take a campus tour. University is not just about academic learning, and with a wide range of societies and sports clubs TU Dublin students will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy a vibrant campus life.

Our next Open Day takes place on Wednesday November 14th, 2018. This event is aimed at second-level students, mature students, guidance counsellors, teachers, parents/guardians and just about anyone who is interested in doing a course here in ITB. For further information please Click here.

Open Day Wednesday November 14th 2018

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, Dublin Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Tallaght are set to become Ireland’s first Technological University – TU Dublin – in January 2019.

With 28,500 students TU Dublin will be the place where the arts, business, science, engineering and technology converge. Practice-based and research-informed, TU Dublin will create an inclusive and open learning experience offering pathways to graduation, from Apprenticeship to PhD, to a diverse range of students.

One of the best ways to learn more about TU Dublin is to come along to one of our Open Days where you will get the chance to attend programme specific presentations, meet with students and staff and take a campus tour. University is not just about academic learning, and with a wide range of societies and sports clubs TU Dublin students will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy a vibrant campus life.

 

Our next Open Day takes place on Wednesday November 14th, 2018.

This event is aimed at second-level students, mature students, guidance counsellors, teachers, parents/guardians and just about anyone who is interested in doing a course here in ITB.

There are two sessions scheduled on the day:

A morning session from 10:00am – 12:30pm

and

An evening session from 5:00pm – 7:00pm

 

All are welcome to attend the morning session, but pre-booking is essential for schools and large groups. To make a booking please get in touch with our marketing team on 01 885 1530 or e-mail: info@itb.ie

 

Planning Your Visit

To get the most out of your day you should take time to plan your day and we suggest that you:

1.  Visit the Course Stands in the Sports Hall – here you can ask our lecturers and students questions about our various courses and   find out about the break-out activities

2. Take a prospectus

3. Attend one or more of the scheduled talks

4. Sign up for a campus tour

5. Visit the course demos and activities which take place throughout the campus.

 

Campus Tours
Join one of the scheduled tours of ITB where you will get to see all we have to offer. You will get to see our library, sports centre, student areas, lecture halls and much, much more. Lead by our students, the tours are a great way to see all ITB has to offer and they will give you a feel for campus life.

 

Schedule of Events

To download a pdf of the schedule, please click here

 

To get an idea of what to expect at our open day, check out the video below:

 

ITB are part of the HEAR and DARE Schemes in 2019

 

The HEAR Handbook can be downloaded from the following link http://www.cao.ie/index.php?page=hear

 

 

 

 

The DARE Handbook can be downloaded from the following link http://www.cao.ie/index.php?page=dare