Dr. Tom O'Connor Dr. Tom O’Connor

The late Dr. Tom O’Connor was an enthusiastic supporter of NUIG Energy night from the very beginning and presented the award at last year’s event.

Energy systems lecturer Rory Monaghan says: ‘Due to his legacy as an early pioneer and his enthusiasm and support for the student energy community, we decided to name the annual prize for best student research poster at the annual Energy Night conference in his honour.’

Dr. O’Connor graduated in physics from UCD. In 1956, after a period of research in the Meteorology and Geophysics Section of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, he joined the then Department of Physics in UCG where he initiated a research programme in Atmospheric and Environmental Physics. After the Department had moved to its current premises in 1973 he led a project on wind energy with local industrialists.

As a member of the NUIG Environmental Energy Utilisation group he collaborated with the New University of Ulster in Coleraine, the ESB and industrial interests on an investigation of the use of air-source heat pumps for domestic space and water heating.

He was involved with the Solar Energy Society of Ireland from its formation in the 1970s and from 1980 to 1991 he ran an annual seminar in Galway on several aspects of renewable energy.

In more recent times he had been involved in thermal comfort studies in connection with research and teaching in Occupational Hygiene. Dr. O'Connor passed away in November 2012.

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The Careers in the Energy Section seminar is scheduled for 5pm. The objective is to give students an insight into the variety of careers in the Energy sector. Speakers from all aspects of the field of Energy will talk about their own job, what they do and their career path to this point.

It is also an opportunity for companies to promote their graduate vacancies/graduate programmes.
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