UCD Professor Peter Clinch and Anne Pender launched a report inquiring into why the domestic water charging regime in Ireland failed. Access to safe and reliable drinking water and wastewater services is essential for public health and well-being, but attitudes differ regarding how such services should be funded. In Ireland, the 2014 introduction of a domestic-sector consumption-based charging regime was met with public protests, leading eventually to the suspension of charges in 2016 and a subsequent recommendation by a parliamentary committee that they be abolished.Continue reading “Environmental Policy academics launch report on the Failure of Water Charges in Ireland”
Two UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering academics are ranked in the top 1% of the world’s most cited researchers, according to the annual Highly Cited Researchers 2018, compiled by Clarivate Analytics.
Head of School, Prof. Colm O’Donnell is also an alumnus and this is the fourth time that he has appeared on this prestigious list. Now in its fifth year, the ‘Highly Cited Researchers’ listing identifies influential researchers who are leading the way in solving the world’s biggest challenges.
A team of Irish researchers has won first prize in a global competition for industrial 3D printing. The team – comprising UCD-based researchers in I-Form, the SFI Research Centre for Advanced Manufacturing – scooped a prize worth USD10,000 for their project: the design and print of a disposable 3D printed reactor. The polymer reactor can be used to controllably mix chemical precursors used in the manufacture of pharmaceutical agents.
University College Dublin graduate and former charity chief Sir Ciarán Devane has been appointed the new Chairperson of the HSE Board.
The Biochemical Engineering alumnus was selected for the role following a public appointments service campaign to identify potential candidates.
The winners of the prestigious 2018 Science Foundation Ireland Awards were revealed at the annual SFI Science Summit on November 12th. Joined by over 350 leading members of the Irish research community, Science Foundation Ireland is celebrating their researchers’ contributions to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Continue reading “Prof Eoin Casey wins SFI Entrepreneurship Award”
BERNARD Looney grew up on a farm in Ashgrove, near Kenmare in Co Kerry. Today, the 48-year-old UCD engineering graduate is based in London and spends about half his time travelling the globe for the world’s sixth-largest energy company, BP. As CEO of its Upstream division, which finds and produces oil and gas, he’s in charge of 18,000 people – just under a fifth of the entire workforce. Operating in 29 countries, his division spends €7bn to €8bn a year to run it, investing €11bn to €12bn on top of that.
The UCD College of Engineering & Architecture was recently informed that the School’s Master of Architecture has been given the designation of Substantial Equivalency by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, NAAB, in the United States, for six Years starting from January 2017.
The sudden and recent passing of UCD Engineer, Prof Tom Brazil, brought a sense of loss to the UCD Engineering family. It was the kind of loss that is felt when someone, who has made a true impact on the lives of others, silently passes away.
Three academics from University College Dublin were awarded more than €1.4 million in research funding through the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Career Development Award Programme. Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan TD, who announced the overall funding of €13.7 million, described the awardees as “the future leaders of research and innovation in Ireland.”
Dr. Paul Cuffe’s design, ‘Alley Cat’, seeks to develop a transformative technology for people with impaired gait velocity while being safe and cost competitive.