Royal Irish Academy elects new President
21 March 2017
Prof Michael Peter Kennedy
Prof Michael Peter Kennedy, a world expert in wireless communications, has been elected as the 56th President of the Royal Irish Academy. The Royal Irish Academy, established in 1785, is Ireland’s leading body of experts in the sciences and humanities.
Prof of Microelectronic Engineering at University College Cork (UCC), he succeeds historian, Prof Mary E. Daly who was elected as the Academy’s first female president in 2014. He is the first president from UCC.
Prof Kennedy has said he is “honoured to be elected president and that he sees the all-island Academy playing a key advisory role in Ireland’s response to the challenges and opportunities of Brexit”.
A graduate of University College Dublin and the University of California at Berkeley, Kennedy is one of Ireland’s leading engineers whose research has been funded by Science Foundation Ireland and the Irish Research Council.
He received the inaugural Parsons Award in Engineering Sciences in 2001 and was elected as a member of the Academy in 2004. He won UCC’s Invention of the Year Award in 2011 and led the development of the US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards in 2014/15, an initiative of the Royal Irish Academy and the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland.
In 2004, Prof Kennedy was elected to membership of the Royal Irish Academy and was made a Fellow of Engineers Ireland by presidential invitation.
Engineers Ireland president, Dermot Byrne, said: “ We offer our warmest congratulations today to Prof Michael Peter Kennedy on his prestigious appointment as President of the Royal Irish Academy. The professor is one of this country’s leading engineers and is at the forefront of teaching innovation and learning. The Academy is fortunate to have someone with Michael’s personal qualities, talent, expertise and true leadership skills as President. We wish him every success in his role as he continues to advance the excellent work of the Royal Irish Academy.”
Prof Patrick M. Shannon was also elected as secretary. Prof Shannon is the founder of the Marine and Petroleum Geology research group in UCD. His main research is in the areas of basin analysis and marine and petroleum geology, with special reference to the Irish offshore.
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