“UCD afforded me the opportunity to meet like-minded students and teaching staff in an area very much aligned with my interest in biomedical engineering. I really enjoyed student life including staying on-campus accommodation and making many lifelong friends. I relished the engagement with the academic staff in Engineering and those undertaking postgraduate studies. I enjoyed my studies, even the multitude of assignments and exams! During my final year, I learned the importance of working as an individual and a team player. I learned to accept criticism and be objective in my strengths and weaknesses. Learning discipline and providing for myself was a critical experience for me.
Finally, I learned the value of studying and the massive impact that it has on patients, patient outcomes and their quality of life. The title of my thesis is, “Towards Patient-Specific 3D Printed Bioresorbable Stents.” The overall aim of the project was to design, model and fabricate a functioning paediatric patient-specific bioresorbable stent using a fused deposition modelling (FDM) 3D printer for the treatment of coarctation of the aorta.
As a result of my scholarship, I have been able to concentrate on my studies full time without the worry of finance. The scholarship was a vindication of my decision to pursue my studies to masters level. It was an acknowledgement by UCD that my studies were important, and that was an important reinforcement for me to continue my studies in engineering at UCD.
The awarding of this scholarship to me and others like me inspires students to achieve the best they can be and hopefully, in turn, make a worthwhile contribution to engineering in Ireland and internationally.”
I learned the importance of working as an individual and a team player. I learned to accept criticism and be objective in my strengths and weaknesses.