DIT PhD student wins Fulbright Award


Brendan Cleary, who is this year’s Fulbright-Enterprise Ireland Student Awardee

24 July 2013: A DIT PhD student has been honoured with this year’s Fulbright-Enterprise Ireland Student Award.

Brendan Cleary, who is studying at the Dublin Energy Lab at the Institute, will travel to Columbia University in New York for six months to study methodology relating to his PhD.

He is researching the potential economic benefits of wind power and large scale energy ‌storage.

Brendan completed his undergraduate studies at Trinity College and qualified for the award of first class honours in both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Engineering degrees specialising in civil, structural and environmental engineering.

He then worked in various engineering roles, including a stint working in Australia. After completing his Masters at Trinity (which was co-supervised by Dr Aidan Duffy of DIT), Brendan joined DIT in 2011 to undertake his PhD.


Brendan Cleary and Carol Gibbons of Enterprise Ireland

His research is with the School of Civil and Building Services Engineering.

Brendan will be researching at the Center for Life Cycle Analysis at Columbia University during his six month stay.

Some 37 Fulbright awards have been announced. The awardees from 14 higher educational institutions will travel to the four corners of the U.S. on their awards. The awards, introduced in 1957, give Irish students, scholars and professionals the opportunity to study, lecture and research at top universities and institutions in the U.S.

There is strong competition for the Fulbright Awards and the application and interview process is rigorous.


Brendan Cleary and President of DIT, Prof Brian Norton, arrive at Dublin Castle for the Fulbright Scholar’s Dinner

“It’s a priceless gift,” said Brendan of winning the award. “It opens up doors that may not have otherwise have been open to me. I’ll be working with internationally renowned researchers and professors.”

A keen rugby player, Brendan is also planning to join up with Columbia University’s rugby team.

The next round of applications for Irish Fulbright Awardees will open on Wednesday 28 August – more info can be found at www.fulbright.ie.

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