Galway student wins major Engineers Ireland award

NUI Galway student Fiona Griffin has won first prize in the Engineers Ireland Level 8 Innovative Student Engineer Awards 2011, for her pioneering design of a revolutionary heart valve.

Ms Griffin’s project was based on a 3D model of the mitral valve, a key valve in the heart, designed to facilitate treatments in the cardiac area.

Another student from NUI Galway, David Sutton, was named runner up in the same category for his landmark result from research around pyritic infill in Irish houses. The awards were presented on Tuesday in the Engineers Ireland HQ, Clyde Road, Dublin 2

“Long-term growth in Ireland will be fuelled by innovative companies so it is very encouraging to see such home-grown engineering creativity among our students today,” said John Power, director general of Engineers Ireland.

“I would like to congratulate all of the participants in this year’s awards which embodied the creativity that will underpin Ireland’s recovery and sustainable economic success.”

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