UCD Professor Gerry Byrne first Irish person to receive Fraunhofer Thaler Award

Posted June 01, 2017

  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Europe’s largest research and technology organisation for applied research
  • Professor Byrne received award for his support of development of organisation in the UK and Ireland

Gerry Byrne, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at University College Dublin, has been presented with the Fraunhofer Thaler Award in recognition of his “outstanding leadership and significant achievements in the field of applied research”.

President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Professor Reimund Neugebauer, presented Professor Byrne with the award. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is Europe’s largest research and technology organisation for applied research. 

Professor Byrne, UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, is the first Irish person to receive the Fraunhofer Thaler Award.

Established in 1949, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's research activities are conducted by 69 institutes and research units at locations throughout Germany. It employs a staff of 24,500 and has an annual research budget of around €2.1bn.

Pictured: Professor Gerry Byrne, UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering who was awarded with the Fraunhofer Thaler Award by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Professor Neugebauer referred to the excellence of Professor Byrne’s long-term contribution to the society through activities such as his Presidency of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP).

He noted Professor Byrne’s work in support of the development of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in the UK and Ireland. 

He also thanked him for his background work in facilitating the establishment of the Fraunhofer Project Centre for Embedded Bioanalytical Systems at Dublin City University.

This is the first centre of its kind in Ireland and is supported by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Germany.

Professor Byrne is a former President of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland, former President of the Irish Academy of Engineering and former President of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP).

He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), a Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (USA) and a Fellow of the German National Academy for Science and Engineering (acatech).

He established his own company, GB Innovation Ltd in 2014. The firm provides a managed service to European Industries and organisations in the area of applied research, development and innovation.

By: Jamie Deasy, digital journalist, UCD University Relations