Lighting his way to success - Ken Winters is the first student from Ireland to be short listed for prestigious lighting competition

Kenneth Winters, graduate of DIT's Certificate/Diploma in Electrical Services Engineering (DT 244), has been chosen as a finalist at the prestigious CIBSE/SLL Young Lighters of the Year competition. Ken is the first student from Ireland to be short listed for this internationally renowned Competition, which will take place on the 6th April in London.

According to Kenneth, "I was never expecting to make it this far so when I got the news I was absolutely delighted to make it to the last four, when I heard that I was the first graduate or student from Ireland to make it to the final it made the news even more special."

Kenneth's paper is on Art Gallery Lighting. This is a vast subject that required a lot of research. The paper looks at topics such as the Design of Artificial Lighting, Daylighting, Daylighting controls and the prevention and decay of lighting, which is a major issue with Art Gallery Lighting. 

According to Kevin Kelly, Department of Electrical Services Engineering, 'It is unusual for such a recent graduate to be short listed for the final of Young Lighters. This event is open to all lighting designers under 30 years of age. It is the first time a graduate of DIT has reached this stage. All of the DT 244 programme team is immensely proud of Ken. He shows design flair far in advance of his years. This is underpinned with the use of sound engineering judgement. His presentation skills are excellent and his submission paper was of a very high quality. On behalf of all of the staff of the Department of Electrical Services Engineering we wish Ken all the very best in the final and congratulate him on his great success to date.'

Ken won the Lighting Design Award at the Inaugural DIT/ Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Student Award Ceremony last October. He works for Buro Happold in Dublin and was part of the design team that designed the Hugh Lane gallery in Dublin. Ken is also a student member of CIBSE.

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