28 Nov 2017: Winners of the School's Mathsweek competition 2017

The following are the winners of the School of Mathematical Sciences Mathsweek competition in 2017. Well done to all! Pictures from the DIT Mathsweek events can be found here.

Lena Thornleigh Educate Together N.S, Applewood Village, Swords, Dublin
Shanika Maughan Virgin Mary GNS, Shangan Road, Ballymun, Dublin 9
Aoibheann Falkiner Gaelscoil Lios an nÓg, Ranallach, B.Á.C 6
Vlada Leahu St. Francis of Assisi Primary School, Belmayne Dublin 13
Faye Eager St. Declan’s N.S., Ashbourne, Co. Meath
Claren Ero Scoil Mhuire S.N.S., Blakestown Way, Blakestown, Dublin 13

27 Nov 2017: Mathematics undergraduate part of team that wins AIB Hackathon

Pawel Szydlowski, a final-year student of DT220 BSc (Hons) Industrial Mathematics, was one half of the team that won AIB's fourth annual student Hackathon event. Pawel teamed up with Aisling, a DIT Engineering student, to form Bus Busters and compete against over 200 other students from over 50 third-level institutions.

The event took place in the AIB Bankcentre on 18 November 2017. Over the course of 12 hours, Pawel and Aisling's team, Bus Busters, competed against other two person teams to create an app that demonstrated innovation, creativity and imagination. The theme of the Hackathon was promoting the Smart City – a city which is easy to navigate, efficient, sustainable and clean. Pawel and Aisling's entry applied a user-orientated approach to create a dublin bus accessibility app, winning the €2000 first prize!

Congratulations to Pawel and Aisling – future innovators and entrepreneurs!

BSc Industrial Mathematics student, Pawel Szydlowski, with Aisling Lee who won first prize at the 2017 AIB Hackathon.

1 Nov 2017: DIT hosts schools for Maths Week 2017

The week 14–20 October marked national Maths Week. During the week events took place across Ireland to celebrate mathematics and encourage participation in fun, entertaining and thought-provoking events which underlined the fascination of maths and the importance of mathematics to everyone and everyday life.

As always, the School of Mathematical Sciences, DIT, was very involved, offering events for School children on the Kevin Street campus in Dublin. Unfortunately, storm Ophelia caused our event scheduled for secondary-school pupils on Monday 16 October to be cancelled. However, on Wednesday 18 October over 300 primary-school children from 5th and 6th classes visited the Gleeson Hall in Kevin Street.

Kjartan Poskitt, author of the highly-popular Murderous Maths series of childrens books (and many others), entertained pupils from Gaelscoil Lios an nÓg, Raghnallach; Thornleigh Educate Together N.S., Swords; St Declan’s N.S., Ashbourne; Virgin Mary G.N.S, Ballymun; Scoil Mhuire S.N.S., Blakestown; and St Francis of Assisi Primary School, Belmayne. Activities also included puzzles, competitions and games supported by lecturers and students of the School of Mathematical Sciences.

Fun was had by all and we look forward to seeing some of these schools, and others, again next year and even seeing some of the budding mathematicians as students at DIT in a few years.

Primary-school pupils enjoying MathsWeek activities and entertainment from Kjartan Poskitt in the School of Mathematical Sciences.

17 Nov 2017: Open day for prospective students

Dublin Institute of Technology will be holding its annual Open Day for all programmes on 1 December and 2 December 2017. The Open Day will be held on our Aungier Street campus, just a short walk from Kevin Street where the School of Mathemtical Sciences is based.

Staff and students from the School of Mathematical Sciences will be on hand to talk about our programmes and to answer any questions.

If you like maths, are interested in a mathematics degree, or simply curious, come along and meet with us. We can tell you about the entry requirements, what you do in a mathematics degree, what careers and jobs you might have afterwards, as well as explaining opportunities for further study and highlighting all that DIT has to offer students from sports to clubs and societies.

1 Nov 2017: John M Forde Medal in Mathematics awarded

Edward Donlon is this year's recipient of the John M Forde medal in mathematics.

The medal is awarded by the School of Mathematical Sciences to the student with the top undergraduate examination performance in their final year of a full-time mathematical sciences programme.

Edward studied DT205 BSc (Hons) Mathematical Sciences and is a worthy winner of this year's medal who received outstanding first class results in all his examinations. We warmly congratulate Edward and wish him every success in the future. Edward received his medal at the recent October graduation ceremony for the College of Sciences & Health, Dublin Institute of Technology held at St Patrick's Cathedral.

Edward Donlon, graduate of DT205 BSc (Hons) Mathematical Sciences received the 2017 John M Forde medal in mathematics.