For the third consecutive year NUI Galway graduate Cormac Flynn has won the All Ireland Final of the Institute of Materials World Lecture competition, Cormac who is a third year PhD student in the University of Ulster’s engineering department will represent Ireland in the World Finals of the competition later this year.
Originally from Clare, Cormac graduated from NUI Galway with a degree in Mechanical Engineering before going on to study in the Nanotechnology and Integrated BioEngineering Centre (NIBEC) where he is part of the Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine research group. The focus of his PhD is on the innovative role that tissue engineering plays in long term implants, skin growth and general improvement of wellbeing. His winning presentation looked at how the success rate of biomedical implants could be improved.
This year’s lecture competition was hosted by the Northern Ireland Science Park (NISP) and drew in entrants from universities across Ireland, each participant had to give a ten minute presentation on their research and then answer questions from the judging panel which included representatives from Invest NI, Intertrade Ireland, Bombardier and the NISP. Chair of the judging panel and Chief Executive of NISP, Professor Norman Apsley, said the presentations were of the highest level and served to highlight the exceptionally high quality of research being carried out in this area. Cormac’s academic supervisors, Professor Brian J. Meenan and Dr George A. Burke said his success in the competition reflects the growing value of both the Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Group at NIBEC and the fundamental science required to underpin this major discipline.
Apart from Cormac’s recent win this is a milestone year for NIBEC, as it marks the tenth anniversary of the highly successful degree in Biomedical engineering, which is now widely regarded as one of the top degrees of its kind in Britain and Ireland. As part of the ten year celebrations, NIBEC is hosting a set of three open lectures on topics reviewing core advances in Biomedical Engineering and looking forward to Cormac’s involvement in the World Finals of the Institute of Materials World Lecture competition.