Faculty of Engineering & Science Academic Excellence Awards 2020

Celebrating Excellence

These awards celebrate student academic excellence by programme in the Faculty of Engineering & Science in the 2019/20 academic year.

academic excellence
in all

Awards are presented at all levels, celebrating the achievements of students in every department.

66 Awards across 11 departments

Each year, awards are presented to students who achieve the highest grades in their respective programmes.


These awards celebrate student academic excellence by programme in the faculty. Awards are presented at all levels, celebrating the achievements of students in every department in the Faculty of Engineering & Science.
  • Barry O'Connor

    All of the hard work you have put in has paid off. Congratulations on your well-deserved success.

    Dr Barry O'Connor President
    Cork Institute of Technology
  • Bob Savage

    Never forget that there is nothing you can’t accomplish when you believe in yourself.

    Mr Bob Savage Chairman
    CIT Governing Body
  • Aisling O'Mahony

    Congratulations on your outstanding achievement! Looking back, it was all worth it.
    Wishing you the very best for the future.

    Ms Aisling O'Mahony President
    CIT Students' Union
  • Tim Horgan

    These awards are highly valued and mark out the recipients as being the best in CIT in their specific areas of study. Well done to you all!

    Mr Tim Horgan Head of Faculty
    Engineering & Science


School of Mechanical, Electrical & Process Engineering

Dr Matt Cottrell, Head of School

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The School of Mechanical, Electrical & Process Engineering comprises the Department of Mechanical, Biomedical & Manufacturing Engineering, the Department of Process, Energy & Transport Engineering, the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering and the Centre of Craft Studies.

CAO Programmes

School of Building
& Civil Engineering

Dr Joe Harrington, Head of School

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The School of Building & Civil Engineering comprises the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, the Department of Construction and the Department of Architecture.

CAO Programmes

School of Science
& Informatics

Dr Brendan O'Connell, Head of School

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The School of Science & Informatics comprises the Department of Biological Sciences, the Department of Physical Sciences, the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Mathematics.

CAO Programmes

National Maritime
College of Ireland

Mr Cormac Gebruers, Head of College

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The National Maritime
College of Ireland comprises the Department of Maritime Studies.

CAO Programmes


Students (2020/21)
Honours Degrees
Master's Degrees

Academic Departments

Academic Departments in the Faculty of Engineering & Science

The department has progressively evolved and successfully developed flagship undergraduate programmes in Agri-Biosciences, Biomedical Science, Nutrition and Health Science, and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology. These programmes meet the changing educational requirements and scientific demands of the market place.

We proactively encourage links with industry and have striven to encourage and stimulate an industry focus for staff and students across the discipline areas. Each student undertakes a placement (16-week minimum duration) in semester 6 of their programme. The Department currently places 196 students annually in over 85 different companies.

The department has a longstanding, energetic commitment to quality research; supporting the full spectrum of activity from basic to applied research, generation of intellectual property and commercialization of research outputs. It supports a thriving research community of over 60 research postgraduate students and postdoctoral scientists. In the past decade alone, the cumulative value in terms of research income exceeds €12 million. The principal areas of research within the Department are focused on Life sciences and Wellbeing; one of the Institutes key thematic research areas.

Dr Brigid Lucey
Head of Department of Biological Sciences
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The Department comprises two disciplines; Applied Physics and Instrumentation and Chemistry.

Applied Physics and Instrumentation offers programmes in a number of areas: Instrument Engineering; Environmental Science & Sustainable Technology; Applied Physic & Instrumentation; and Specialist courses and Minor Awards. Short courses in instrumentation, measurement and control, optics, sensors and cognate areas can be offered from the modules within our validated programmes. Costs, location of courses and scheduling are negotiable. All the degrees are recognised by the Institute of Physics. Graduates of recognised degrees qualify for Associate Membership upon graduation and may apply for full Membership after appropriate work experience.

Chemistry offers programmes in a number of areas: Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry; Analytical Chemistry with Quality Assurance; Certificate in Quality Assurance (Special Purpose Award Level 6); and Diploma in Quality Management.

Dr Donagh O'Mahony
Head of Department of Physical Sciences
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The Department of Computer Science at Cork Institute of Technology is one of the largest Computer Science departments in the country. The field of Computer Science is always growing and changing. Our cities, homes, cars and accessories will become smarter as they connect to the Internet and to each other. New and improved computing technology will continue to create new opportunities and challenges. Staff from the Department of Computer Science work closely with industry to create programme content that’s current and relevant. As a result, students gain relevant skills and knowledge that will benefit them for years to come.

Our programmes teach students how to think critically and apply logical reasoning to solve complex problems. Students learn key transferable skills that make them both competitive and adaptable when they enter the workforce. The increasing demand for our graduates has led to above average and faster wage growth in this field relative to others. There are many exciting industry and research opportunities for graduates in areas such as Software Development, Cybersecurity, Machine Learning, Big Data, Analytics, Robotics, Research, IT Management and many more.

Dr Sean McSweeney
Head of Department of Computer Science
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The Department of Mathematics plays a key role in a significant number of undergraduate programmes in Cork Institute of Technology and therefore the vast majority of CIT students will have dealings with the Department during their time in CIT. The department provides a suite of modules that have been designed to complement and support a student’s chosen degree programme. In addition to this, the Department of Mathematics also provides a number of programmes of its own: a Higher Diploma in Science and Master of Science in Data Science and Analytics; Certificate in Process Data Analytics. These Data Science programmes, at Level 8 and Level 9, provide learners with a path into the exciting, innovative and rapidly growing area of data science and analytics.

CIT’s Department of Mathematics is committed to providing quality mathematics and statistics teaching across the Faculties and Colleges of the institute while also being responsive to the educational and industrial demands of the region as they arise.

Dr David Goulding
Head of Department of Mathematics
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Civil Engineering is the professional engineering discipline which deals with the design, construction and maintenance of the physical infrastructure of the built environment. This includes works such as buildings, roads, bridges, water and wastewater treatment and supply and harbour and coastal engineering works.

Structural Engineering is a specialist discipline within Civil Engineering which deals with design, construction and maintenance of structures such as buildings, bridges, culverts, towers, masts and foundations.

Environmental Engineering is that branch of engineering concerned with the application of scientific and engineering principles for the protection and improvement of the environmental quality of the world in which we live. Environmental Engineers work on issues of sustainability, provide safe and secure drinking water, collect, treat and properly dispose of wastewater among many other activities.

Building Information Modelling is the process of generating and managing information about a building, or infrastructure asset, during its entire life. BIM is a suite of technologies and processes that integrate to form the ‘system’ at the heart of a component-based 3D representation of the infrastructure.

Mr Des Walsh
Head of Department of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering
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Programmes in the Department of Construction reflect the multi-faceted nature of building and infrastructure development - being integrated through their focus on the technology and processes, but differentiated by an emphasis on a particular aspect of the activity.

The Construction Manager is responsible for the efficient and effective planning, co-ordination and control of all of the resources and components of the building development from inception to completion. The Quantity Surveyor is concerned with the management of all of the finances of a building development, from initial estimates to the final cost, to ensure that the client gets value for money.

Dr Daniel Cahill
Head of Department of Construction
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The delivery of Architecture programmes in CIT dates back to the 1960s in the Crawford Municipal Technical Institute (CMTI). Cork Institute of Technology is the only college in Ireland to offer the full spectrum of practice, Architecture, Technology and Interior Architecture at undergraduate and post graduate levels.

The programmes in Architectural Technology and Interior Architecture, are delivered at the Architecture Factory, on the Bishopstown Campus, providing an innovative, cutting edge facility . The Architecture programme is delivered jointly with UCC, in a purpose designed building at the Cork Centre for Architectural Education, in Cork City.

The programmes in Architecture and Architectural Technology are all accredited by the RIAI (Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland) and ECIA (European Council of Interior Architects) recognises the programmes in Interior Architecture.

Ms Katherine Keane
Head of Department of Architecture
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Mechanical Engineering involves the design, manufacture and operation of products that have motion. This ranges from the design and manufacture of Formula 1 racing cars, performance engines, machines and aircraft to major power plants and process equipment facilities. It is one of the most wide ranging and versatile of all the engineering disciplines.

Biomedical Engineering combines engineering techniques with an appreciation of the functioning of the human body, whether healthy, injured or diseased. It covers topics from the design and development of new equipment for medical diagnosis and treatment, to the implanting of biomaterials or artificial organs in the human body. It uses engineering principles to understand and control biological systems and therefore also requires a working knowledge of physiology, anatomy and biological science.

Manufacturing Engineering involves the design, control and management of manufacturing processes ranging from basic assembly processes to the high-tech manufacture of the latest pharmaceutical, telecommunications and electronic equipment. Manufacturing creates wealth for a country and manufacturing engineers are vital to Ireland’s continued success as an attractive location for high tech industry.

Prof Ger Kelly
Head of Department of Mechanical, Biomedical & Manufacturing Engineering
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The Department of Process, Energy and Transport Engineering was established in 2012 following a restructuring of the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Process Engineering. The Department contributes to the achievement of key strategic goals within the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Process Engineering in the areas of full and part-time education and research. Primarily, the department delivers programmes in Chemical & Biopharmaceutical Engineering, Sustainable Energy Engineering, Automotive Technology & Management and Transport Management.

The Department of Department of Process, Energy and Transport Engineering now offers a number of taught and research programmes across undergraduate, postgraduate and part-time spaces. There are 30 academic staff in the department with 506 students undertaking all programmes.

Dr Michael J O'Mahony
Head of Department of Process, Energy & Transport Engineering
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Craft apprenticeships are managed within the Centre of Craft Studies which resides within the Faculty of Engineering and Science. The Centre presently has circa 60 lecturing staff and 12 technical support staff. Apprenticeship is the recognised means by which people are trained to become craftspeople in Ireland. SOLAS have statutory responsibility for organising and running the apprenticeship system. The system is standard based and time served.

The craft apprenticeship structure is broken up into 7 phases, phases 1, 3, 5 and 7 are on the job and phases 2, 4 and 6 are off the job. All craft apprenticeships are at NQF Level 6.

The Centre delivers practical and theory modules at Phase 4 and Phase 6 in the following craft apprenticeships during the 11 week blocks: Carpentry & Joinery, Plastering, Plumbing, Light Vehicle Mechanic, Construction Plant Fitting, MAMF (Fitting), Electrical, Pipefitting, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Metal Fabrication

Mr Michael Hourihan
Head of Centre of Craft Studies
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Programmes cover the full range of Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialities. Our Electrical graduates work on the production and distribution of electrical power and industrial automation. Electronics graduates are involved in electronic design, data communications, control engineering, and computer and software engineering. Consequently, our qualified students are in very high demand by industry and we are often the first port of call for organisations looking to hire.

The Department has highly advanced laboratories and workshops in electrical and electronic engineering and students spend more than half of their study time on laboratory or project work.The staff are all experts in their fields and use the CIT learning management system to share their expertise with students in an interactive, and engaging learning experience. All programmes include a work placement in the third year with students in high demand from a diverse list of companies.

Postgraduate research positions are available in embedded generation, renewable energy and electrical control systems.

Dr Martin Hill
Head of Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
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The Department of Maritime Studies is part of the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI). NMCI is a constituent College of the Cork Institute of Technology. The Maritime Studies Department offers three undergraduate maritime degrees intended for school-leavers and others wishing to enter into a career in the maritime industry; a BSc in Nautical Science, a BEng in Marine Engineering and a BEng Marine Electrotechnology. The Department also offers a follow-on BSc (Hons) in Nautical Science for successful graduates of the BSc Nautical Science programme. All these degree programmes also prepare students to secure globally recognised professional maritime qualifications known as Certificates of Competency, that enable them to work as ship’s officers on seagoing merchant ships Worldwide.

The Department also offers two programmes in Supply Chain, a BBus in Supply Chain & Transport Management and a new programme that commenced this year – a BBus (Hons) in Global Supply Chain Management. The Department also runs a number of specialist academic programmes for the Irish Naval Service and a number of short & preparatory courses for experienced maritime professionals to further advance their professional qualifications, for example Second Engineer Officer and Chief Engineer Officer courses.

Capt. Sinéad Reen
Head of Department of Maritime Studies
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