11 August 2014
A Royal College of Surgeons student, originally from Galway, has been awarded a prestigious scholarship from one of the world’s largest professional bodies for engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
Alan Ryan, 25, has been awarded one of the IET’s largest scholarships – the 2014 Postgraduate Scholarship for an Outstanding Researcher, worth £10,000. Alan was recognised for his work in tissue engineering, where he has developed a novel artificial blood vessel from natural polymer biomaterial.
Currently, Alan is undertaking a PhD at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland where his research focuses on utilising the natural polymers, collagen and elastin, as a basis for growing blood vessels in the lab using tissue engineering techniques. This scholarship will allow Alan the opportunity to expand his research objectives beyond the current remit through enabling international research visits to collaborators.
Alan said: “I am absolutely delighted to be awarded this scholarship as it will allow me the opportunity to conduct a research visit to one of our collaborators and will help expand my research objectives beyond the current remit.
“Upon completion of my PhD, I hope to undertake postdoctoral research in a world class institute so that I may remain at the forefront of this exciting field and further develop my own research niche. My career objectives are to combine my passion for engineering, science, technology, and teaching, with aspirations to become a principle investigator & university lecturer in the future.”
Trevor Grimshaw, Chair of the IET Scholarships Committee, said: “Every year we receive a very high calibre of applications, and this year has been no exception. The scholarship recipients have demonstrated outstanding talent as well as real engineering potential, and I look forward to seeing the results of their inspirational work.”
The IET’s Postgraduate Scholarship for an Outstanding Researcher is given annually to an accomplished PhD researcher working on a project that aims to enhance people’s lives through advancing knowledge in science, engineering and technology.
In 2013, the IET provided over £1,000,000 in awards, prizes and scholarships to celebrate excellence, innovation and encouragement of the next generation of engineers and technicians. The IET will maintain this investment in 2014 with its portfolio of awards, which includes Diamond Jubilee scholarships, Apprentice and Technician awards, scholarships in India, the Present around the World competition and the IET A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize.
For more information about IET Awards, please visit http://www.theiet.org/awards.