Carthy Travel Award


Mark Carthy, a UCD Chemical Engineering Graduate from the Class of 1982, and now Managing Partner, Orion Healthcare Equity Partners, Boston, USA, has supported the Graduate Research Project Award, awarded each year, since 2008, to the graduating student(s) ranking highest in the Final Year Research Projects. Since 2013, Mark has also funded travel awards for undergraduate students. For students who may have a personal project, non-standard internship or social or altruistic venture that they could not pursue because of the lack of some financial aid, Mark offers to support the travel costs associated with the venture.

The award is intended for students who wish to achieve a personal goal which may or may not be directly linked to Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering but would contribute to a broadening of a student’s individual development. The Travel Awards are intended to be used to cover travel expenses to locations “beyond the range of an easy budget airline” and the amount will be €1000.  All Chemical and Bioprocess students Stages 2 to 4 are eligible to apply.

Carthy Travel Award Information

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Stephen Jones?, Carthy Travel Award Winner, with his parents and Mr PJ Rudden, President, UCD Engineering Graduates' Association.

Pictured: William Denning & Mother Carthy Travel Award Winner

Amy O'Keeffe Carthy Travel Award recipient 2015, with Dr. Patricia Kieran, UCD School of Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering.

 I am very grateful to have received the Carthy Travel Award 2015 . This bursary allowed me to participate in the 2nd SAE Summer Academy on Energy (SAE2) in Budapest, in August 2015, joining undergraduate and MSc students from all over the world, to learn about energy generation and distribution, energy economics and associated environmental and sustainability issues. One of the most rewarding aspects of the Summer Academy was working, as part of a cross-disciplinary, international team on a week-long project, designing a sustainable electric power system for a fictional country. 

Seán McLoughlin

Ireland has recently seen a dramatic growth in the alcoholic beverage sector. As a Chemical Engineer - and a native of Dundalk, which has a long, proud history of brewing and distilling - I have both a professional and personal interest in brewing technology and commercialisation. The Carthy Travel Award 2014 allowed me to gain first-hand experience of an award-winning craft brewery in the UK. In Summer 2015 I spent a week at the Redemption Brewing Company in Tottenham, London. I assisted with production and process optimisation as well as  vessel, pump and pipework inspections. On the commercial side, I got a direct insight into the development of a craft brewery and the challenges facing a start-up company in this competitive, but exciting sector. The Carthy Travel Award made this possible for me.

Aoife Ledwidge O'Brien (Centre) during her Carthy Travel Award Trip to Peru

In January of 2013 I applied for the Mark Carthy Travel Award. My proposal was to travel to the Cusco Region of Peru and carry out the Salcantay Trek. This 5 day trek would take me to a height of 4630m in the shadow of the sacred Salcantay Mountain which stands snow-capped all year round at 6264m. I was successful in receiving the award which went on to cover my flights & the cost of the trek in summer 2014 just before I returned to UCD. 


Darragh Waters

Based around 50 miles west of Anchorage I worked for a small oil and gas company called Cook Inlet Energy, a subsidiary of Miller Energy Resources.
Cook Inlet Energy had an office in Downtown Anchorage and most of the other operations were based in the Cook Inlet. I spent 3 weeks in Downtown office location and 10 weeks on site facilities.

Downtown Office Work consisted of, Attending Meetings both internal and externally. Get prices on equipment by calling/ emailing vendors, Write computer programs (Macro’s) to increase the efficiency and productivity of the office Filing and preparing copies of agenda for large meetings.

Kustatan Production Facility

The KPF facility is based about 7 miles from the west McArthur Facility and is a state of the art, fully automated, crude & natural gas processing facility. 
The 10-year old plant is the newest & most energy efficient processing facility in the Cook Inlet. It processes raw crude oil & gas pumped from below ground/or off-shore, heats the crude oil, separates oil/NG/water, cleans the water before it is pumped back into ground and dries the gas before being transferred to the Enstar gas line.
The facility produces all its own energy from a NG fired power plant with capacity for approx. 15-18MW of electric and a large tank farm with storage capacity for 50k barrels of oil and supplies electric power to Osprey and West Mac.
Working conditions are highly regulated by state govt. and worker safety is absolutely no. 1. As is the handling/disposal of all materials in such a pristine natural environment that is infested with bears, wolves, eagles, Beluga whales to name but a few.