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Student scientists showcase placement experience in DIT

Posted: 27 October, 2016

Undergraduate students from the School of Physics and Clinical & Optometric Sciences recently returned from work placements gave presentations based on their experiences at the School?s annual Symposium in the Gleeson Hall, DIT Kevin Street.


‌The seventy-five students of Physics and Clinical Measurement spent six months on placement in wide-ranging contexts that included hospitals, research institutions, medical device and manufacturing companies and in locations that included Ireland, UK, France, Germany, Belgium and the USA.   The Symposium offered an opportunity for them to share their experiences through poster presentations.  The Director and Dean of the College of Sciences and Health, Professor Michael Devereux, presented awards for best posters in each programme.

Dr. David O’Brien, Lecturer in Physics and 3rd Year Internship Coordinator, explained that the students presented a visual representation of their work and research, using text, charts, graphs and other visual aids. “The posters illustrate the diverse specialties encountered by our students such as materials science, nanoscience, medical physics, spectroscopy, microscopy, circuit design, quality control, and the four specialist clinical measurement disciplines – Respiratory, Vascular, Neurophysiology and Cardiology.”

Dr. O’Brien said the Symposium provides students with the opportunity to be evaluated and to share their work with peers, faculty and other external audiences.“In addition to real world technical, scientific and clinical experience the work placement provides an excellent opportunity for our students to develop the prerequisite professional and personal work skills required in full time employment; punctuality, time management, team work, adaptability, creativity and much more – these skills will enhance our students’ future careers.”

The School of Physics & Clinical & Optometric Sciences is indebted to Dr. Sheila Gilheany in the Institute of Physics and to Tom Flanagan in DIT Hothouse for their financial support in staging this symposium. 

The awards for the Best Posters were decided by a judging panel comprising Dr David O’Brien, Dr. Aaron MacRaighne, Catherine Grogan, Dr. Siobhan Daly, Gordon Chambers, Dr. Izabela Naydenova and Dr. Fran Pedreschi. The Director of Faculty in Sciences and Health, Professor Michael Devereux presented the awards for the best posters on the night.  The winners are:

Best Poster in our four Physics programmes;

The prize for the overall Best Poster in our four Physics programmes DT221, DT222, DT227 and DT235 was awarded to Cristian Pirtac. 

Awards were also awarded for Best Posters in the following programmes


  • Physics with Energy & Environment DT221 and Physics Technology DT222 - winner Cristian Pirtac


  • Science with Nanotechnology DT227 - winner John Fernandez


  • Physics with Medical Physics and Bioengineering DT235 - winner Megan Keohane

Best Poster in our Clinical Measurement programme DT229;


The prize for the overall Best Poster in our Clinical Measurement programme DT229 was awarded to Zoe Carroll.

Awards were also awarded for Best Posters in the following clinical measurement disciplines;

  • Respiratory - winner Lucy Magnier in Respiratory‌
  • in Vascular - winner Zoe Carroll
  • Neurophysiology – winner Lisa Coakley


  • Cardiology – winner Daryl McDonald

Many thanks to all students that participated with in the symposium. Special thanks to Dr. David O’Brien, Dr. Aaron MacRaighne, Catherine Grogan and Maria McNeill for helping to stage the event.