DCU researchers recognised by President’s award

The annual President’s Award for Research was awarded to Professor Gerry McNamara, Dr Prince Anadarajah, and Professor Jens Ducree for their outstanding work in their fields of research, last week.

The award in the fields of Humanities, Social Sciences, Business and Education was awarded to McNamara, reiterating his research’s national and international reputation.

In his previous posts, such as a teacher and curriculum developer, McNamara has been committed to the idea that everyone who encounters Ireland’s education system deserves the highest quality of a service no matter what their background is.

Anadarajah received the first ever award in the President’s Award in the Research Staff Category. His research on high-speed photonic and optical networks has allowed increasing amounts of digital data to be transmitted more quickly and over longer distances.

Ducree, DCU School of Physical Science, was awarded the President’s Research Award in Science and Engineering for his work in the field of microsystems. Ducree’s research is based on miniature devices included in cars and smart phones, which measure location, speed, and acceleration.Such as the filters used on Snapchat which can show your speed and location from sensors within your smart phone.

In 2015, DCU spent €40m on research by allowing researchers like McNamara, Anadarajah, and Ducree, to explore and solve current and future challenges in our society. This investment resulted in a new blood test for bowl cancer being created and a new technology being founded to help understand more about our galaxy and how it was formed.

Clara Hickey

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