Recipient: Arnaud Disant
Unit: UCD School of Mathematics and Statistics
Nominator: Prof. Frederic Dias
Arnaud Disant, senior engineer with the HIGHWAVE ERC project, is being recognised for his work to bring UCD’s values to life for a local community in the West of Ireland where this project is based.
The project necessitated Arnaud establishing a research station in Inishmann and a workshop in Rossaveel, Co. Galway. Over the past three years Arnaud has worked with an exemplary level of integrity and engagement with the local community. Through this UCD is now well known in the Gaeltacht, where the community sees what a scientific research project is and how beneficial it can be to society. This included involvement with the local island school to explain the project with the impact that three students took part in the 2021 BT Young Scientist & Technology Competition and won the Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Junior Group 2nd place for their project. A further six students participated in 2022.
In promoting excellence, collegiality and creativity, Arnaud suggested instead of preparing a specific foreshore application for the HIGHWAVE project, that he would submit a 5-year application on an extended area off Inishmaan, having in mind that once the permit was obtained it would benefit other researchers from UCD. Arnaud spent more than 200 hours working on the expanded application.
Arnaud is also involved on a personal level with the local community providing voluntary help that is not part of his day-to-day work. He may work far from UCD, but he is always maintaining close contact with the University in a broad sense, thinking how his work can benefit UCD as a whole and bring the values to life.