CILT Student Idea of the Year Awards night

Two DIT first-year students have shared joint 3rd prize in the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) “Student Idea of the Year Awards” for 2013 for their innovative ideas.   

  • Mark Talbot, a first year student in the School of Management, studying Logistics and Supply Chain Management, won for his design of the Electromagnet Vehicle Restraint System.   This innovative idea has the potential to greatly reduce the number of accidents that occur on dock levelers, as it can be used to prevent the four major types of trailer separation accident – ie, aggressive early departure; trailer creep and dock walk; trailer tip-over from landing gear collapse;  and trailer up-ending.
  • Luke Simpson, a first year student in the School of Mechanical and Transport Engineering, studying Automotive technology and Management, was also awarded joint 3rd prize for designing an energy -saving braking system. Luke’s idea involved an adaptation of a modern regenerative brake mechanism which slows a car down by converting its kinetic energy - similar to the KERS system used on FormulaOone racing cars in 2009.

The awards were presented by the Keynote Speaker, Mr. Noel Brett, CEO of the Road Safety Authority, who expressed his appreciation in particular for innovation in the area of safety provision.

Mr. Neil Mc Donnell, CILT Eastern Section Chairperson welcomed the way in which programmes such as the B.Sc Logistics and Supply Chain Management and B.Sc. Transport Operations and Technology in DIT incorporate the needs of industry into third level education.

Left to right – Eileen Doran (lecturer), Mark Talbot (student), Margaret Farrell (Head of Department of Management Studies), Finbarr Cleary (President CILT) and Teresa Hurley (Head of School of Management).


Luke Simpson and his lecturer Paul Lalor.

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