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TU Dublin Students win National Structural Engineering Awards

Posted: 12 March, 2019

The Institution of Structural Engineers hosts an annual award show to acknowledge excellence in structural engineering and this year two TU Dublin students, Shane Martin and Graham Eiffe achieved the highest accolades at the ceremony held in Christchurch Cathedral.

Shane Martin pictured with Mr Joe Kindregan, President of the IStructE and former Head of Department of Structural Engineering at DIT (Now TU Dublin). Graham who undertook the programme on a part-time basis while working in Arup Consulting Engineers receives his award from Ms Una Beagon.

The competitions, which are open to all Structural Engineering students in Ireland recognise excellence in the standard of research in final year projects in both Level 7 and Level 8 programmes in TU Dublin.  

The Level 8 student prize was awarded to Shane Martin, who was commended on his thesis - The Behaviour of Fin Plate Connections During Progressive Collapse. His project supervisor was project supervisor, Ms Dervilla Niall. “I am honoured to win the IStructE Republic of Ireland Regional Group Student Prize Award for 2019. I would like to thank all the staff from Bolton Street who have helped me over the years to complete the Structural Honours Degree which has provided me with fantastic experience and knowledge to start my new chapter as a Structural Engineer with PM Group’.

Shane with his project supervisor Ms Dervilla Niall

Graham Eiffe was also awarded the Level 7 Technician Prize for his thesis on Steel-Concrete Composite Construction with Cellular Beams.  Graham commented: “I’m delighted to win the Technician prize from the IStructE. Recognition from such a prestigious institution makes all the long hours of part-time study worthwhile. I couldn’t have done it without all the staff at TU Dublin and Arup for helping me along the way, especially my thesis supervisor, Patrick Crean'.

Many TU Dublin staff (pictured above) joined in celebrating both students on winning both prizes at the ceremony.  Assistant Head of School, Una Beagon noted “Both Graham and Shane are shining examples of the many talented students we have in TU Dublin who undertake complex and high-level research projects as undergraduate students.  We wish them both success in their future careers as structural engineers, and we are delighted that they and their project supervisors received this deserved recognition for their work”.