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Hamilton Day 2016

20 October 2016

The annual Hamilton Day took place on Monday 17 October. 

The speaker for the event was Professor Shafi Goldwasser, RSA Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and a professor of computer science and applied mathematics at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. The day featured a packed schedule of activities including a Masterclass with undergraduate mathematics students, a panel discussion, the Hamilton Prize in Mathematics presentation ceremony, and the Hamilton Lecture. 


The Masterclass was hosted by the Hamilton Day sponsors, Arup, at their headquarters in Ringsend, Dublin. Ten undergraduate mathematics students spent time talking to the Hamilton Day speaker, Shafi Goldwasser, learning from her vast experience working in the field of mathematics, and discussing research interests and career opportunities. The Academy has run the Masterclass Series since 2012; further information on this initiative is available here.


Panel Discussion

Dr Aoibhinn Ni Shúilleabháin, Assistant Professor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, chaired an interesting, all-female panel discussion on the topic ‘Engineering our future: interdisciplinary perspectives’. Three panellists discussed the topic from the perspective of three different disciplines. Panellists included Dr Barbara Lane, Technology Group Leader for Arup in the UK; Laoise McNamara, Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Informatics at the National University of Ireland, Galway; and the Hamilton Day speaker Professor Shafi Goldwasser.

Panel Discussion


Hamilton Prize in Mathematics

Following the panel discussion, Professor Goldwasser and Managing Director of Arup Ireland, Mr Eoghan Lynch, presented the recipients with the Hamilton Prize in Mathematics. The award recognises the top undergraduate students studying mathematics at ten higher education institutes across the island of Ireland. The winners were joined by their family and friends to celebrate the occasion.

Hamilton Prize Recipients

Hamilton Lecture

Hamilton Day ended with Shafi Goldwasser delivering a fascinating lecture on ‘Modern cryptography in the age of cloud computing’ to a crowd of over 300 people at Trinity College Dublin.


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