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Ivan O’Connell wins 2018 SFI Industry Partnership Award

Dr Ivan O'Connell (centre) receives his award from Prof. Mark Ferguson and Dr Orlaigh Quinn.

Dr Ivan O’Connell, CONNECT Funded Investigator at Tyndall National Institute, has received the 2018 SFI Industry Partnership Award. The honour celebrates an outstanding collaboration between an SFI-funded academic research group and industry.

The award recognises his research collaboration with Analog Devices. It was presented by Professor Mark Ferguson (Director General, SFI), and Dr Orlaigh Quinn (Secretary General of Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation) at the annual SFI Science Summit.

Professor Luiz DaSilva, Director of CONNECT, offered his congratulations saying:
“These SFI awards are very prestigious as they honour Ireland’s top researchers and recognise their tremendous contribution to a particular field.

“The Industry Partnership Award is a recognition of the ability to build strong relationships that facilitate excellent research, while fostering innovation, jobs and economic growth. Dr Ivan O’Connell’s work has distinguished itself in this regard.

“This is great news for Ivan, and his research team at Tyndall National Institute. On behalf of everyone in CONNECT I congratulate him wholeheartedly.”

Ivan’s primary research interests are in the area of analogue mixed-signal circuits and data converters. He is particularly interested in the application of this research to the Internet of Things, energy harvesting, smart agriculture and biomedical devices. He is currently a principal investigator in a number of Innovation Partnerships and is also a successful SFI-NSF iCorps awardee. He has completed nine commercial licenses, with another pending signature, and filed a joint patent application with an industry partner. He has also overseen the transfer of 25 researchers to high value engineering roles, 21 of whom have remained in Ireland.

Ivan is a Principal Investigator at the Microelectronic Circuits Centre Ireland (MCCI), hosted in Tyndall National Institute in Cork. The project with Analog Devices includes funding for Master’s and PhD postgraduate students who benefit from the close relationship they build with technical experts at Analog Devices.

CONNECT is the world leading Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications. CONNECT is funded under the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres Programme and is co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund. We engage with over 35 companies including large multinationals, SMEs and start-ups. CONNECT brings together world-class expertise from ten Irish academic institutes to create a one-stop-shop for telecommunications research, development and innovation.

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