CIT entrepreneur wins €4k award

THE title of Cork Institute of Technology Entrepreneur of the Year 2011, and a cash prize of €4,000, has been awarded to Myles Murray of PMD Solutions, a student of CIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering.

His project, Breath Counter: The Patient Friendly Respiratory Rate Monitor was supervised by senior lecturer, Sean F O’Leary.

Eamon Hayes, also a student of Mr O’Leary, was awarded the Most Technically Innovative award with a prize of €2,000. His project, SafetyFirst, a cover system that can be retrofitted to any wire rope barrier system, will, while retaining all the positive features, remove the “cheese cutter” effect.

This year marks the 9th anniversary of the two-day competition, sponsored by the Cork County, and City, Enterprise Boards.

The awards where presented by John Mullins, chief executive of Bord Gáis Éireann, who also delivered the keynote address. Mr Mullins noted that the event was a unique opportunity for innovators to come together, he said. “The projects and talents on show here today show that there is a very bright future for the Irish economy.”

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