Biomedical Engineering student at NUI Galway received the Irish Regional Winner award from The Undergraduate Awards
Mr Jack O’Meara, undergraduate student in Biomedical Engineering at NUI Galway received the Irish Regional Winner award from The Undergraduate Awards. Jack’s work made it to the top 10 % of all submissions in the Engineering category (5,514 total submissions from students in 244 institutes, across 40 countries), after being assessed by a panel of academics from universities around the world.
The Undergraduate Awards is the world’s largest academic awards programme, often referred to as a ‘Junior Nobel Prize’. It is uniquely pan-discipline, identifying leading creative thinkers through their undergraduate coursework. The Undergraduate Awards provides top performing students with the support, network and opportunities they require to raise their profiles and further their career paths.
Jack worked on the ‘Fabrication of electro-spun poly (lactic-co-glycolic) acid scaffolds functionalised with dextran sulphate for tendon repair’. The project was supervised by Dr Dimitrios I. Zeugolis, Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering, Director of the Regenerative, Modular & Developmental Engineering Laboratory (REMODEL) and Principal Investigator at Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM).
Jack is currently undertaking a Master’s programme in Engineering, Science & Technology Entrepreneurship. Jack stated that ‘I am absolutely thrilled with the news, and cannot thank you (referring to lectures in Biomedical Engineering) enough for your contribution to my undergraduate education that culminated in this piece of work’.
Dr Zeugolis stated that ‘this is a typical example of the world’s leading problem-solving / experiential learning based education experience that is delivered in Biomedical Engineering at NUI Galway. We aspire to equip tomorrow’s leaders, like Jack, with knowledge, wisdom, imagination, ethical values and the necessary transferable skills to enable them make the world a better place. To this end, we provide our students with a world-class interdisciplinary and intersectoral value- and research- based continuous education experience in state-of-art facilities.’
Prof Peter McHugh, Head of the Biomedical Engineering and Dean of the College of Engineering and Informatics stated that ‘This is a fantastic achievement for Jack, and a wonderful testament to the high international standing of our students and the high quality of the education in Biomedical Engineering that we deliver at NUI Galway. I extend my sincere congratulations to Jack, his project supervisor Dr Zeugolis and all of the team’.
Dr Zeugolis and Prof McHugh would like to wish all the best to Jack in his future career.