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Inaugural Meeting of Irish Research Council


The Irish Research Council – a merger of the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) and the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET) – held its inaugural meeting on March 29, 2012. Professor Orla Feely is a member of the Council, having also served on the IRCSET Council since 2007.

Speaking at the launch of the new Council, Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock, TD, said: “Research and development is at the heart of this Government’s enterprise policy. The Irish Research Council will encourage innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, and will support young researchers that will be future leaders in their fields. It will play a vital role in driving future job creation across economic, cultural and social spheres.”

RIA Gold Medal awarded to Prof. John O. Scanlan



John O. Scanlan, Emeritus Professor of Electronic Engineering in University College Dublin, has been awarded an RIA (Royal Irish Academy) Gold Medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Electronic Engineering. Widely recognised as one of the leading international living circuit theorists, Professor Scanlan has made many fundamental contributions to the field of electronic engineering, including electronic circuit and system design, digital circuits and computing, communications and signal processing.

Each year, the RIA Gold Medals are awarded to two outstanding academics. They are regarded as a truly national expression of celebration for scholarly achievement. Presenting the medals at a ceremony on December 16th, Minister for Education and Science Ruairi Quinn noted that “The Academy Gold Medals acclaim Ireland’s foremost contributors to the world of learning and science,” and that “the work of today’s recipients illustrates Ireland’s high standing in the world of learning.”

This award is another addition to the many accolades that Professor Scanlan has achieved throughout his career. He is a former President of the Royal Irish Academy (1993-1996), a life fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and is a recipient of the Golden Jubilee Medal of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society.

Postgraduate researcher wins Best Student Paper award


Chuang Bi, a PhD student in the Circuits and Systems Group of the School of Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering, received the Best Student Paper award at the European Conference on Circuit Theory and Design in Linkoping, Sweden, in August 2011. The award-winning paper is entitled "Linearized discrete-time model of higher-order charge-pump PLLs" and is co-authored with Chuang's supervisors Dr. Paul Curran and Professor Orla Feely.

Orla Feely awarded Fellowship of Engineers Ireland

Orla Feely awarded Fellowship of Engineers Ireland  

Professor Orla Feely was awarded Fellowship of Engineers Ireland by Presidential Invitation at a ceremony in May 2012.  The citation commended her achievements in research, teaching and contribution to the profession.  Of the six recipients of this award, conferred by Engineers Ireland President PJ Rudden, three are UCD electronic engineering graduates:  Orla, Liam Madden, VP of Xilinx, and David Kirwan, MD of Bord Gáis Energy.

SFI Principal Investigator Award

Prof Orla Feely is one of the recipients of the 2012 Science Foundation Ireland Principal Investigator Awards, for a project entitled "Nonlinear effects in circuits and systems: analysis, control and applications".  The award will support research into MEMS and energy harvesters within the Circuits and Systems Group from 2012 until 2016.  This is Prof. Feely's third SFI Principal Investigator Award.

Announcing the awards at a ceremony on June 29 2012, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, said "Over the past decade, Ireland has built up a very substantial infrastructure and a reputation for basic scientific research, and many of the high-end jobs we have created in multinational and indigenous companies are directly related to these achievements."

Fellowship of Irish Academy of Engineering


Orla Feely with Tony Barry, President of the Irish Academy of Engineering


Professor Orla Feely was conferred with Fellowship of the Irish Academy of Engineering at a ceremony on 7 February 2013.

The objective of the Academy is "to advance the science and practice of engineering in Ireland and to support the expansion and enhancement of engineering education as an essential element in national development and the enhancement of living standards". 

Elena Blokhina elected to Board of Governors of IEEE Circuits and Systems Society

Dr Elena Blokhina, a Research Manager in the UCD Circuits and Systems Group, has been elected in a worldwide ballot to serve as a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society for the term 1 January 2013 – 31 December 2015.

  IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology. Through its global membership, IEEE is a leading authority on such areas as aerospace systems, computers, telecommunications, biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics. The Circuits and Systems Society promotes the advancement of the theory, analysis, design and implementation of circuits and systems.

  Dr Blokhina intends to promote the support of early-stage researchers and new cross-disciplinary research areas within the Circuits and Systems Society. The President of the Society, Thanos Stouraitis, congratulated Dr Blokhina and the other newly elected Board members.

Irish Research Council Appointment

Eucharia Meehan (Director), Sean Sherlock TD (Minister for Research and Innovation) and Orla Feely (Chair) at the Irish Research Council meeting on 29 January 2013 

Eucharia Meehan (Director, Irish Research Council), Sean Sherlock TD (Minister for Research and Innovation) and Orla Feely (Chair, Irish Research Council)

Orla Feely has been appointed Chair of the Irish Research Council by Sean Sherlock, TD, Minister for Research and Innovation.

The Irish Research Council was established in March 2012 following the merger of the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology.

Minister Sherlock said that "Ireland’s higher education and research system is undergoing a period of transition. The Research Council is a key stakeholder in that process. Job creation is dependent on the education of a cohort of high quality researchers across a broad spectrum of disciplines from engineering to the social sciences,"  

“I am working closely with the Irish Research Council to expand Ireland’s research capabilities with particular focus on Industrial PhD's, and supporting researchers early in their careers.”   

“I am delighted that Professor Feely has taken on this challenging task. I look forward to working with her and the Irish Research Council.”