Dublin, 28 June 2004:

For the second year running, a student from DIT's Manufacturing Engineering degree class has been chosen to spend six weeks this summer in the Florida Space Authority and Florida Institute of Technology place as part of the "Science Challenge" graduate project. 

Luke Smaul will head off for this experience of a lifetime with thirteen other young graduate winners from around Ireland. Luke and the team will work alongside leading Science and Engineering experts during their six-week programme at Cape Canaveral. They will be exposed to the latest developments in hi-tech equipment and technology, during their studies, which include Life Sciences, Cryogenics, Flight Dynamics and Astrophysics.

Pictured at the award ceremony were (l to r): Fergal Ward, last year'sparticipant and now studying for his M. Eng at DIT: Robert Simpson, Head of Dept. of Manufacturing Engineering at DIT; and Luke Smaul, winner of 'Science Challenge 2004' and graduand of Manufacturing Engineering Degree, DIT

The Science Challenge project was developed by FÁS.  At the ceremony to announce the winners, An Tánaiste, Ms Mary Harney, said "The Science Challenge forms part of the science promotion initiative "Discover Science & Engineering" which aims to raise the level of awareness of science, promote a greater understanding of science amongst young people, their parents, teachers and the general public."Following the announcement of this year's winners, DIT's Department of Manufacturing Engineering was in celebratory mood.  Luke Smaul, who has just completed his degree in DIT with flying colours, is following in the footsteps of last year's winner, Fergal Ward who, having graduated from the same programme in DIT was also chosen for the 'Science Challenge' and spent a fantastic summer at the Space Authority.

Picture: Luke being interviewed by Sharon Ni Bheoláin for RTE News

Picture: The Science 2004 Team

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