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CORK AND CARLOW STUDENTS WIN AT ENGINEERS IRELAND AWARDS

19th June 2012

Students from Cork and Carlow have won top prizes at Engineers Ireland's Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Awards 2012, sponsored by Siemens. The winning projects explored improvements in rugby scrum training and industrial briquette handling.

Martin Evans from Cork Institute of Technology took home top honours, and a cash prize, for his design and development of a rugby scrum machine. Designed with input from Munster Rugby, the project aimed to bring the team's existing intermediate level scrum machine to the level of an advanced scrum machine, with the addition of performance measurement capabilities.

We spoke to Martin at Engineers Ireland HQ just before the winners were announced, and he told us how he developed the scrum machine. Listen to a short interview with Martin here.

Nigel Morris from IT Carlow also won a prize for his invention of a briquette carousel that automatically bags wood-waste briquettes, saving time and improving the accuracy of this labour-intensive process. Listen to a short interview with Nigel here.

Competition for the annual awards was fierce this year, with students from all over the country making the shortlist for projects exploring areas from off-grid power to road safety to bio-engineering to agricultural processes.

The aim of the Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Awards is to highlight excellence in engineering degrees across Ireland. Final year students of Level 7 and Level 8 engineering degree programmes, accredited by Engineers Ireland, are eligible to enter. The competition is judged on the merit of final year projects.

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Pictured below is Martin Evans, Level 8 winner in the Engineers Ireland Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Awards 2012, sponsored by Siemens. Martin designed and developed an advanced scrum machine in conjunction with Munster Rugby.

Martin Evans, Level 8 winner in the Engineers Ireland Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Awards 2012, sponsored by Siemens.