Fulbright Scholar Eugene Coyle heads to Purdue

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Professor Coyle is pictured here receiving his Fulbright ‘credentials’ from Ms Una Halligan, Chair of the Fulbright Commission of Ireland

14th June 2011

Professor Eugene Coyle, Head of School of Electrical Engineering Systems, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship that will see him spend the next academic year in Purdue University, Indiana, USA.  The official announcement was made at a reception held last week in the residence of John Hennessey-Niland, Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Dublin. 

Also present at the event was Ms Elizabeth O’Sullivan, joint DIT/TCD graduate of Dietetics and Nutrition.  Elizabeth is one of just two successful Irish candidates who have been awarded fully-funded PhDs in the US.  She will undertake her PhD in Nutrition at Cornell University.  


Ms Elizabeth O’Sullivan with Ms Una Halligan, Chair of the Fulbright Commission

In total, 25 Scholarships were awarded to Irish candidates, and 18 Scholarships were awarded to US academics coming to Ireland, of whom three will be hosted in DIT:

  • Ms. Suzanne McBride is an Associate Professor in the School of Media Arts and Associate Chair of the Journalism Department at Columbia College Chicago. She will lecture and carry out research in the area ‘Finding Common Ground in Civic Journalism Projects in the Inner City’.
  • Dr. Brian Reed is Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland.  He will lecture, collaborate and undertake research in the area of ‘Improving Group/Project based Learning and the First-Year Engineering Experience’.
  • Dr. Mark Shaurette is Assistant Professor in the Department of Building Construction Management at Purdue University, Indiana. He will teach and carry out research in the area of ‘Identifying Educational Opportunities to Promote Energy Conserving Retrofit of Existing Structures’.

Una Halligan, Chairperson of the Fulbright Commission of Ireland concluded: “Each of these 25 successful candidates was chosen not only on the basis of their individual merits but also because they displayed exceptional leadership ability which is inherent to Fulbright. Great ideas are borne out of people’s ability to think creatively, to collaborate well with others and to follow through in order to make things happen. These recipients are some of the finest in their disciplines; I have no doubt they will be outstanding representatives for this country and will thrive and make the most of every opportunity that comes their way.”


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