15 Dec 2015: Problem Based Learning presentations

First year students on our full-time undergraduate programmes (DT205 & DT220) recently presented their group work as part of a Problem Based Learning (PBL) exercise in their Foundation Mathematics module. Problem Based Learning allows groups of students to work together to devise strategies to tackle practical, real-world problems and then, through collaboration, solve these problems and present their findings in a professional manner. In this exercise, small groups individually presented their findings to a model problem based on a traffic collision to a number of lecturers in the School. The exercise is part of developing our graduates career-ready skills in applying their mathematical knowledge to realistic problems and scenarios and communicating their work in an accessible manner.

15 Dec 2015: DIT Open Days

On Friday 3 December and Saturday 4 December, Dublin Institute of Technology opened its doors to hundreds of prospective students and invited them to Aungier Street to meet lecturers, find out about our programmes and the student experience at DIT.  The School of Mathematical Sciences was, of course, represented and, despite the bad weather, a large number of students attended the event, found out about our undergraduate programmes and met our lecturers and student volunteers.

19 Oct 2015: Forty-six students from the School graduate at autumn ceremony

The 2015 autumn graduation ceremony for students in the College of Sciences & Health took place in St Patrick’s Cathedral on Saturday 17 October. Graduates 2015Graduation 2015Graduates 2015Graduates 2015The ceremony, held in the magnificent surroundings of the St Patrick’s Cathedral celebrated the hard work and achievements of all those receiving awards in the company of their friends and families. In total, forty-six graduates of programmes in the School of Mathematical Sciences were presented for their awards. We extend our warmest congratulations to all our graduates and wish them every success in the future and hope to see them again soon. André Dowdall received the 2015 John M Forde medal in mathematics.

19 Oct 2015: Dr Mackey to speak at SIAM conference (NUIG student chapter)

Dr Dana Mackey, a lecturer in the School of Mathematical Sciences, DIT, will be giving one of the plenary talks at the second annual conference of the NUIG Student Chapter of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) on Thursday 3 December 2015.

From car parking to immunoassay design

Monolayer particle deposition has been successfully described by the theory known as random sequential adsorption (RSA), which is illustrated in one dimension by the car parking problem (Renyi, 1958). Within this framework, we propose a few mathematical models in order to calculate how the concentration of correctly oriented molecules (active site exposed for subsequent reactions) evolves during the deposition process. This work is motivated by a collaboration with researchers at the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute, DCU, and involves optimising fluorescent sandwich immunoassays, where capture and label antibodies are immobilized on planar or spherical substrates.

19 Oct 2015: Award of the RIA Hamilton Prize in Mathematics for DIT

Congratulations to Samyukta Venkataramanan, a final-year student in the School of Mathematical Sciences, who is studying BSc (Hons) Mathematical Sciences and who received the 2015 Royal Irish Academy, Hamilton Prize in Mathematics for DIT during a ceremony held in Academy House on Friday 16 October. Samyukta received her prize from Professor Daniel Spielman, this year’s Hamilton speaker, and, earlier in the day, attended a masterclass held by Professor Spielman at the offices of this year’s sponsor, Arup.

On 16 October 2015, the best Mathematics students in ten of the Higher Education Institutions in Ireland were presented with Awards as part of the 2015 Hamilton Day activities. This date marks Hamilton’s life and his contribution to mathematics and the anniversary of when Hamilton scratched his formula for quaternion multiplication on Broome Bridge in Dublin. Other activities included a Masterclass and the annual Hamilton lecture, given by Professor Daniel Spielman of Yale University.

Presentation of Hamilton Prize to Samyukta Venkataramanan, 2015
Claire Curtis, Arup; President of the Royal Irish Academy, Professor Mary Daly; Professor Daniel Spielman; Ms Samyukta Venkataramanan (photograph courtesy of RIA).

Hamilton prizewinners 2015
The Hamilton Prize winners with Professor Daniel Spielman (photograph courtesy of RIA).