This year, for the first time, the Chemical and Process division has organised a national competition for the best article published in the Engineers Journal by a chemical or bioengineering student

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This year, for the first time, the Chemical and Process division has organised a national competition for the best article published in the Engineers Journal by a chemical or bioengineering student. The awards were presented by Dr Kieran Feighan, president of Engineers Ireland.

There were three prize winners:
1. Clare Horgan, UCD, first prize
2. Rebecca Power, CIT
3. Naina Thomas, CIT

The first prize of €300 was sponsored by the Engineers Journal. There were two runners-up prizes of €100 each sponsored by the chemical and process division of Engineers Ireland. Thanks to the Engineers Journal for its support and sponsorship. Dr Denis Ring of UCC adjudicated the competition. We would like to express our gratitude to the Cork region committee for incorporating the award ceremony as part of their conferring of titles and president’s lecture evening.

The criteria for the competition stipulated that the article must be by an undergraduate student in the field of chemical or bio-engineering; it must be published during the calendar year 2017; it must be of general interest to the members, be of a high academic standard, well written and well laid out, including diagrams.

This year the articles related to students’ final-year research projects. They related to biotechnology, distillation and tableting – showing some of the breadth of topics involved in the discipline.

Clare Horgan’s article was titled ‘A mathematical model for GS-CHO cell culture in a perfusion bioreactor with spent media recirculation: technical & economic feasibility analysis‘. This relates to predicting the performance of a continuous bio-reactor. Clare is working in San Francisco as a solar analyst with Luminalt. Her father John, an engineer, accepted the prize on her behalf.

The title of Rebecca Power’s article was ‘Optimisation of film-coating mixing for vessel scale-up‘. Rebecca undertook her research project with Merck, Sharp Dohme in Clonmel and where she is now working as a graduate trainee.

Naina Thomas, wrote an article titled ‘Optimisation of a multi-component distillation column in Whitegate Refinery’. Naina is currently undertaking social work in Uganda. Her brother, Noble, accepted the award on her behalf.

Finally, we would like to thank Irving Oil for facilitating the publication of the article.

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This year, for the first time, the Chemical and Process division has organised a national competition for the best article published in the Engineers Journal by a chemical or bioengineering student. The awards were presented by Dr Kieran Feighan, president of Engineers Ireland. There were three prize winners: 1. Clare Horgan,...