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The 2018 Parsons Medal will be awarded by the Irish Academy of Engineering to recognise outstanding achievement in the field of the engineering sciences


Closing date for applications is May 31, 2018


The Irish Academy of Engineering (IAE) has today unveiled its search to recognise outstanding achievement in the field of the engineering sciences.   The Parsons Medal will be awarded by the IAE to an engineer or engineering scientist who has made an exceptional contribution to the practice of engineering through the innovative application of engineering, science, or technology resulting in significant social and/or economic impact.



It is an all-Ireland award for the engineering sciences.  Engineers or engineering scientists based in Ireland who have demonstrated engineering excellence and exceptional ability in:


  • Engineering research leading to publication in refereed international journals and/or;
  • The application of engineering research or technology to the development of innovative products or services and/or;
  • The development of an engineering-based enterprise


Previous winners have included Professor Tony Fagan, UCD School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (2016) and Dr Edmond Harty, Dairymaster CEO, (2017).


Prof Fagan received the honour for his influence in the field of digital signal processing (DSP). It is a technology that allows instant communication across the world, and the technical brains behind television, the internet and devices such as phones and digital cameras.


The IAE awarded the 2017 Parsons Medal to Dr Harty, who has filed more than 96 innovative patents relating to his business, which are applied commercially on farms globally and have brought about significant efficiencies. Dairymaster is one of the world’s biggest dairy and agri-tech firms and exports to 40 countries. It has operations in Ireland, the UK and United States.


The award will be made to the successful applicant at a lunch in their honour in September.


Dr Gabriel Dennison, chief executive of IAE, said: “I would encourage all engineers and technologists with a great story to tell to consider either applying for this award or allowing themselves to be nominated by a sponsor. It isn’t often there are opportunities for recognition and validation of your professional work by your peers – certainly not at the prestigious level of the Parsons Medal.”


The Parsons Medal commemorates the work of Sir Charles Algernon Parsons, the Irish inventor of steam turbines and the youngest son of the famous astronomer William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse. The family seat of the Parsons family is at Birr, Co Offaly.


Speaking about the accolade, Prof Fagan said: “To receive this recognition from my peers for my academic work and the work I’ve done with Irish industry was one of the highest points in my career.  I would encourage engineers to apply – or if you know someone who has excelled in the field – you can nominate them.”


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Closing date for applications is May 31, 2018