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DIT student research celebrated at RISE Awards 2018

Posted on September 19, 2018

Earlier this month over 80 researchers and academics gathered in DIT Grangegorman for the SEEDS 2018 conference which focused on reducing the adverse effects of the construction industry on our environment.

A highlight of the two-day event was the Research, Innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise (RISE) Awards - a unique celebration of all those in the construction industry who are helping to change the way we build for the future. Amongst the award winners were DIT students and graduates, Emmanuella Twumasi, Rachel Harding and Conor Shaw.

Emmanuella, a first-year PhD student in DIT Bolton Street, was recognised for her work with Professor Lloyd Scott on an exploratory study into sustainability expertise in the Irish construction sector. Rachel Harding won for a poster which described her PhD work examining gender variances in spatial visualisation skills and how this might impact student engagement and success in STEM education. Finally, Conor Shaw an Architectural Technology graduate won Best Paper for his work about automated building energy performance.

Commenting on the Rise Awards 2018, Conference Chair Professor Lloyd Scott, DIT, said: “The RISE Awards judging panel reviewed more than 70 double peer-review papers submitted by influential academics from across the globe, so for Emmanuella and Rachel to receive such an accolade was tremendous. We were also delighted to see Conor return to DIT and present his fascinating paper.”

Emmanuella Twusami - Best academic paper for the best methodology

Title: Exploratory Study into Sustainability Expertise in the Irish Construction Sector

Emmanuella Twumasi and Lloyd Scott

Rachel Harding - Best Poster

Poster title: An Examination of the Gender Differences in Spatial Visualisation Skills and their Impact on Success and Engagement in STEM Education

Rachel Harding, Brian Bowe, Robert Howard

Conor Shaw – Best Paper

Paper Title: Towards automated building energy performance for BIM-based renovation projects

Conor Shaw

SEEDS 2018 was a collaboration between Dublin Institute of Technology and Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett University. More information about the conference can be found here and on the Leeds Sustainability Institute website

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