CAPPA Post Graduate Student Receives Prestigious ISA Award

December 13, 2018




The ISA Ireland Section 2018 Honours and Awards ceremony took place on the 12th of December 2018 in University College Cork, where CAPPA’s previous Post Graduate Student Ciara O’ Hara received an award. This prestigious award was for the best Post Graduate student studying Instrumentation or Applied Physics in Ireland. This was a highly competitive award with Ciara beating out competition from other postgraduate students all over Ireland.

Ciara graduated with an MSc in Physics from Cork Institute of Technology in June 2018. She was the recipient of an Irish Research Council Employment Based Postgraduate Programme award, an initiative which allows postgraduate students to develop both research and workplace skills and experience, while also fostering knowledge transfer and collaboration between Irish based enterprise and their level sector. Ciara was jointly hosted by CAPPA and ProPhotonix.

Ciara’s research focused on “LED Based Collimating Line-Light Combining Freeform and Fresnel Optics.” Part of this work has been published in a peer reviewed journal article which can be read here. Ciara’s work was of vital importance in the development of a new series of products for ProPhotonix contributing key design parameters and constraints which have been fully integrated into the Cobra FX series. It has also yielded a greater and deeper understanding of some critical elements in the optical designing of LED lamps, work which will continue to reap benefits for ProPhotonix, in their future research and development activities.

The awards were attended by Dr Donagh O’ Mahony, Head of Department of Physical Sciences at Cork Institute of Technology, Dr Natalia Rebrova, Postdoctoral Researcher at CAPPA and Dr Annemarie McCarthy. Dr McCarthy is a Postdoctoral Researcher at CAPPA and was Ciara’s supervisor during her research. Dr McCarthy collected the award on behalf of Ciara who unfortunately couldn’t attend the awards. Also in attendance were Cork Institute of Technology alumni John Murphy, Billy Walsh and David O’ Brien.

The International Society of Automation is a non-profit organisation that helps its 30,000 worldwide members and other automation professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. The Ireland Section, which is voluntary, with a membership of over 330 people, is a nationally recognised organisation. The ISA Ireland Section has a long standing tradition of acknowledging and encouraging excellence for those training for careers in automation. The Ireland section of ISA has conducted an annual Honours and Awards programme since 1980.

You can learn more about the work Ciara did during her time at CAPPA here.