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CONNECT researchers win at Trinity Innovation Awards2019 December 16


Three CONNECT Funded investigators won a total of four awards at the Trinity Innovation Awards 2019.

Dr David McCloskey was recognised with the ‘One to Watch’ award which is presented to up and coming entrepreneurial academics whose research is most likely to result in the next campus company, commercial license deal or industry engagement. Based in the School of Physics, Dr McCloskey’s work in energy systems has included innovative work in ceramic materials and 3D printing.

The Inventors Award is presented to academics whose innovative research has led to the creation of intellectual property and has subsequently licensed to industry. The award this year was presented to both Professor John Donegan, recognising his many patents in laser systems and to Professor Tony Robinson for his extensive licensing of thermodynamic systems to multiple industry partners.

Nexalus, a spin-out company from CONNECT, was also recognised at the awards ceremony. Nexalus develops products that take excessive heat from electronics, makes the thermal energy useful, thus increasing efficiencies and reducing costs. There are numerous applications in gaming, high-performance computing, data centres and automotive markets.

CONNECT is the world leading Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications. CONNECT is funded under the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres Programme and is co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund. We engage with over 35 companies including large multinationals, SMEs and start-ups. CONNECT brings together world-class expertise from ten Irish academic institutes to create a one-stop-shop for telecommunications research, development and innovation.


Posted by:  Catherine O'Connor, Head of External Relations, School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin

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