A GMIT Letterfrack student has won a prestigious international engineering award.
Katharine Griffith was chosen as the overall winner of the Engineering and Mechanical Sciences category of the 2013
Undergraduate Awards (UA) for her research dissertation on the ‘Design and Manufacture of Ergonomic Primary School Furniture’.
UA this year received 3,771 submissions from 184 academic institutions across 26 countries, 27 of which came from GMIT, and Clare native Ms Griffith was in competition with students from universities across the globe including Harvard, Princeton, Oxford, Caltech, St Andrews, and University of Toronto.
Her dissertation will now be published in the annual Undergraduate Awards Journal and she will receive her medal at the UA Global Summit, which takes place across Dublin from 13 to 15 November.
The GMIT Letterfrack student completed a Bachelor of Science honours degree in Furniture Design and Manufacture in GMIT’s National Centre for Excellence in Furniture Design & Technology at Letterfrack earlier this year and will graduate with a first class honours degree on 1 November.
Ms Griffith is currently in the process of setting up her own furniture design and making business based in Ballina/Killaloe, which she hopes to have up and running early in the new year. “I also hope to continue my research and development of ergonomic primary school furniture as it is an area that means a great deal to me,” she said.
Dermot O’Donovan, Head of GMIT Letterfrack said the award is testament to the very conscientious and professional manner in which Katharine tackled all her student work whilst attending GMIT Letterfrack. “It is also a great honour for all the staff on campus to have one of our students acknowledged on the world stage.”
Another GMIT student, Matthew Sutton, was selected as a Highly Commended entrant to the Visual Arts category of the UA competition. Mr Sutton recently completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Art and Design at GMIT’s Centre for Creative Arts & Media in Galway City.