Tyndall scientists win Intel awards

Two scientists at University College Cork’s Tyndall research centre have received awards from technology multinational Intel for their pioneering work.

Head of electronics theory and graduate studies at the Tyndall National Institute Professor Jim Greer and senior staff researcher Dr Paul Hurley have received Intel Outstanding Researcher Awards for 2012.

Dr Hurley and Prof Greer are the only two researchers outside the US to receive the inaugural award.

Prof Greer, who is from the US and who joined the National Microelectronics Research Centre in 1997, now part of the Tyndall National Institute, were honoured for research in simulation and metrology.

Dr Hurley, from Britain, received his award for his research in the measurement and analysis of high dielectric constant thin films on compound semiconductors.

Prof Greer said it was an honour to have their research recognised with such a prestigious award.

Chairman of the Tyndall National Institute, Alastair Glass, said the awards demonstrated the research being conducted by Prof Greer and Dr Hurley was of the highest quality worldwide and was extremely relevant to the challenges faced by today’s semiconductor industry. “In these difficult economic times it is more critical than ever that the Government continue to support high quality research institutes like Tyndall so that Ireland remains an attractive location for high technology companies like Intel to invest in research and development.”

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