26 Jan 2016: Lecturer completes PG Dip in Third Level Teaching and Learning

Congratulations to Milena Venkova, a lecturer in the School of Mathematical Sciences who has successfully completed and graduated from the Postgraduate Diploma in Third Level Learning and Teaching.

The postgraduate diploma is delivered by the Dublin Institute of Technology Learning, Teaching & Technology Centre and focuses on the development and demonstration of good practice in the design, delivery and evaluation of curricula. As part of continuing professional development, it is a valuable programme that facilitates critical self-reflection, analysis and practitioner research.

15 Dec 2015: Annual Graduate Research Symposium

The Dublin Institute of Technology 6th Annual Graduate Research Symposium took place on Wednesday 25 November 2015. The symposium brought together postgraduate researchers from DIT, IT Tallaght and IT Blanchardstown to present their research and contribute to their research training. The event was very well attended with several sessions devoted to different research themes.

The School of Mathematical Sciences was represented by postgraduate students Eilis Kelly, who talked about Modelling Random Antibody Adsorption and Immunoassay Activity, and Paul O'Reilly, who spoke about Mathematical Modelling of Optical Patterning Systems. Both were extremely interesting presentations based on their PhD research. Alan Compelli, another postgraduate in the School of Mathematical Sciences, displayed a poster entitled A Hamiltonian Formulation of Internal Geophysical Waves during the meeting.

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.

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.

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.