WIT students presented with annual Winthrop Awards 2017

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Winthrop and WIT representatives along with winner Danny Dowd, runner up Wei Xing Lee and other final year Sustainable Energy Engineering students

Winthrop and WIT representatives along with winner Danny Dowd, runner up Wei Xing Lee and other final year Sustainable Energy Engineering students

Sustainable Energy Engineering students presented their final year dissertations with the hope of being named the annual Winthrop Award winner 2017

Five students from the BEng (Hons) in Sustainable Energy Engineering at WIT presented their final year dissertations to Winthrop Engineering with the aim of winning the annual Winthrop Award, with representatives from WIT and Winthrop deciding the overall winner.

The winning project

The Winthrop Award went to Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny student Danny Dowd for his poster titled, “CHP in Recreational Facility”. The award was established to showcase the exceptional work that final year students of the Sustainable Energy Engineering course produced across the year.

The participants

The other chosen participants completed their presentations under the following titles;

  • Viability of Combining Renewable Energy Generation with Redox Flow Battery Energy Storage Systems
  • Energy Efficient Chilled Water Systems in a Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plant
  • Co-location of solar PV
  • Wind Energy Farms and Energy Performance of Glazing


WIT and Winthrop work together

Managing Director of Winthrop Waterford presented winner Danny and runner up Malaysian student Wei Xing Lee with their awards, and while addressing the attendees he spoke of the importance of the solid link between Winthrop and WIT.

“Winthrop Engineering has many clients in the Pharma, Med Tech and Advanced Manufacturing sectors. As one of Irelands leading providers of Mechanical and Electrical services to these sectors it is essential that we can find highly skilled local graduates from programmes such as the Sustainable Energy Engineering course in WIT.”


Programme Leader for the Sustainable Energy Engineering course, Colm Tynan, thanked Winthrop for their continued support of the awards, “These awards, generously sponsored by Winthrop Engineering, allow us to recognize the exceptional standards that some of our best students are achieving. These students have all excelled in their studies in WIT and will now leave as ambassadors for our energy engineering programme”. 

Field trips

Winthrop also sponsored events throughout the year for students including an informative study field trip to Edinburgh in February to visit sites including, Torness Nuclear Power Station, Orium High Performance Sports Arena and Seafield Waste Water Treatment Plant.


“Our students were exposed to a wide range of technologies relating to energy and building services systems. The financial support given by Winthrop for this tour allowed a large number of students to participate”, Colm said about the sponsored trip.

The students who undertake the course focus on areas such as Energy Systems in Buildings, their design, installation, operation and control.

Related Courses

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in  Engineering (Common Entry)
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in  Sustainable Energy Engineering

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