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Student Prize Competition

Presentation of 2009 Student Prize to Breiffni Fitzgerald

The Branch Student Prize is awarded each year, for the best Final Year Project in the subject area of Structural Engineering. The competition is open to students of all accredited Engineering course in the Branch area.

The nominated student(s) from each University, or Institute of Technology, will be invited to present their work at an evening meeting, in October, and answer questions from the public and the judging panel. The winning student(s) will be notified the week after the presentations, and invited to attend the Annual Dinner in February. At this event, the winning student(s) will be presented with a certificate of merit and monetary prize by the President of the Institution. The runners-up will be invited to attend the President’s Address, also in February, where they will be presented with their certificates. Exact dates and times of these events will be confirmed in due course.

The nominees from each Institution should be supplied, by 1 July 2011, by completing the Application Form and forwarding it to the Institution’s Republic of Ireland Branch office;

Dr Colin Caprani, The Institution of Structural Engineers Republic of Ireland Branch Secretary, Dept. of Civil & Structural Engineering, DIT Bolton Street, Dublin 1.

The rules of the competition, as well as the relevant forms, can be downloaded here.

Previous Winners:

YearWinnerProject TitleUniversity or Institute of Technology
2010Alex Humphreys & Martin WalshEvent-driven structural analysis softwareUniversity College Cork
2009Breiffni FitzgeraldA dynamic programming algorithm for optimization of composite steel box girder bridges under static and dynamic loadingTrinity College, Dublin
2007/08*Paul DoyleSteel Plate Girders With Corrugated WebsDublin Institute of Technology
2006Finian McCann & Colm GannonThree-dimensional FrameNUI Galway
2005Aonghus O’Keeffe & Mark DolanDetermination of Bridge Natural Frequencies using an Instrumented VehicleUniversity College Dublin
2004Emma SheilsA Finite Element Analysis of the Old and New Tacoma Narrows BridgeTrinity College, Dublin
2003Gavin O’Connell & Cillian RowleyThe Development of a Weigh-in-Motion Algorithm for Two Trucks on a BridgeUniversity College Dublin
2002Shane ColwellStudy on Liquid Tanks for Suppressing Vibrations in StructuresTrinity College, Dublin

* The Student Prize was only awarded once between 2007 and 2008 due to changes in the Institution calender.