2015 Judges

Judging Panels 2015

Each year, The Undergraduate Awards relies on the extraordinary work of our network of judges from around the world. In 2015, 286 academics, representing over 100 universities, took part in the process – the highest number of judges to date. The Undergraduate Awards extends our most sincere thanks to the academics, alumni and industry representatives listed below.


Chair: Dr Lorraine Warren, Massey University

Lorraine is a senior lecturer in Innovation, and Director of the Centre for Strategic Innovation, in the School of Management at Massy University. She teaches a variety of innovation and entrepreneurship units at both under- and post-graduate levels. As Deputy Director of Post-Graduate Education (August 2008-2011) she was responsible for education issues concerning MSc and MBA programmes across the School. Lorraine has chaired the Post-Graduate Education Committee, which comprises each of the programme directors as well as other school representatives and the Exam Boards. Her research has three main strands: new firms, new business models and new value creation systems in volatile new sectors; Knowledge transfer and knowledge exchange concerning same, particularly in relation to international development; and studies of entrepreneurial identity and its relevance to creative destruction and strategy formulation.

Ms. Breda O’Dwyer, Institute of Technology Tralee
Dr. Brendan Galbraith, Ulster University
Prof. David Coldwell, University of Witwatersrand
Mr. James O’Connor, Dublin City University
Dr. Jennifer Cowman, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown
Mr. John Sisk, Dundalk Institute of Technology
Dr. Kelly Smith, University of Huddersfield
Dr. Laura Bradley, Ulster University
Mr. Liam Ryan, UA Highly Commended 2011


Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences

Chair: Prof. Philip Gale, University of Southampton

Philip is Head of Chemistry at the University of Southampton. His research interests focus on the supramolecular chemistry of anionic species and in particular the molecular recognition, sensing and lipid bilayer transport of anions. In 2014 and 2015 he was listed by Thomson Reuters as a highly cited researcher. He is the author or co-author of over 200 publications and has won a number of research prizes, including the RSC 2014 Supramolecular Chemistry Award, a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2013-2018), the RSC     Corday Morgan medal and prize (2005), and the Society/Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines Young Investigator Award (2004). In 2010 he was awarded a JSPS invitation fellowship that he took up at Kyushu University. In 2012 he was appointed guest Professor by Xiamen University (2012-2014), giving the prestigious Tan Kah Kee chemistry lecture there in 2013. In 2014 he was an Erskine Visiting Fellow at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Philip is also the Chair of the RSC Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry Group. He was awarded a Doctor of Science degree by the University of Oxford in 2014.

Dr. Aoife O’Sullivan, University College Cork
Dr. Astrid Sasse, Trinity College Dublin
Prof. Dwayne Heard, University of Leeds
Dr. Eileen Buckley-Dhoot, HE Consultant
Dr. Evelina Colacino, University of Montpelier
Prof. Katrina Jolliffe, University of Sydney
Dr. Mark Brown, Colorado State University
Dr. Michela Simone, University of Newcastle
Dr. Owen Priest, Northwestern University
Dr. Peter Cragg, University of Brighton
Dr. Roberto Quesada, Universidad of Burgos
Dr. Xuehong Lu, Nanyang Technological University


Classical Studies & Archeology

Chair: Dr. Elizabeth Baynham, University of Newcastle

Dr Elizabeth Baynham is a Senior Lecturer in Ancient History and Classical Languages in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Newcastle, NSW, having received her doctorate from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Her primary research interests are in the areas of Greek history, Greek and Roman historiography and Greek and Roman art; in particular, the reign of Alexander the Great and his Successors. She has published three books, one sole authored, the others co-edited. Her articles have appeared in Classical Quarterly (Oxford) and European and North American journals and in several edited volumes of thematic studies. She has been invited to present public lectures and graduate seminars in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States.

Dr. Antony Makrions, University College London
Dr. Ellen Westcott, Monash University
Dr. Jane Bellemore, University of Newcastle
Mr. Joe Thompson, UA Winner 2014
Mr. Marcus Byrne, UA Winner 2013
Ms. Rachael Seculer-Faber, UA Winner 2012
Dr. Rebecca Denova, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Silke Knippschild, University of Bristol


Computer Sciences

Chair: Prof. Haifeng Li, Harbin Institute of Technology

Haifeng is Professor in Cognitive Computing and Brain-Computer Interaction at the School of Computer Science and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China. He is an IEEE member and CCF (China Computer Federation) senior member. He received a PhD degree in Electro-Magnetical Measuring Technique & Instrumentation from HIT in 1997 and a PhD in Computer, Communication and Electronic Science from University Paris VI in 2002. He started his teaching career in 1994 at HIT, was promoted to lecturer in 1995 and became professor in 2003. He has undertaken a dozen research projects, including three Natural Science Foundation projects and two National High-Tech projects. He is the author or co-author of over 130 papers, two books, five patents and several research awards. His research fields are at the intersection between Information Science and Cognitive Science, and include Intelligent Information Processing, Cognitive Computing and Artificial Brain, Audio Information Processing, and Natural Human-Computer Interaction.

Dr. Amarda Shehu, George Mason University
Mr. Colm Davey, Institute of Technology Sligo
Mr. Himel Dev, UA Winner 2014
Dr. Khaled Bashir Shaban, Qatar University
Prof. Martin McKinney, Ulster University
Dr. Oisín Cawley, Institute of Technology Tallaght
Prof. Siobhan Clarke, Trinity College Dublin


Earth & Environmental Sciences

Chair: Prof. Paul W.J. Glover, University of Leeds

Paul is the Chair of Petrophysics at the University of Leeds. His research focuses on the physical properties of rocks and soils. He was educated at Imperial College London, Newcastle University and University of East Anglia, and has worked for British Petroleum, as well as being a consultant and Non-Executive Director for a range of companies and institutions. His research career has encompassed time at University College London and at Tohoku University in Japan. He has been Senior Lecturer in petrophysics and director of the Aberdeen University Petrophysics Laboratory at the University of Aberdeen, Visiting Professor at the Université de Montpellier II and Professor Agrégée of Petrophysics at Université Laval, Québec. He was the founder and first Chair of the Energy, Resources and the Environment Section of the European Geosciences Union and is a representative member of the Environmental Industries Commission.

Ms. Amanda Droghini, UA Winner 2013
Dr. Anthony Halog, University of Queensland
Mr. Devin Richards, UA Highly Commended 2011
Dr. Fabio Ferri, Universidad de Los Andes
Dr. Jesus Frias, Dublin Institute of Technology
Dr. Marie Vaganay, Ulster University
Dr. Molly Cummings, University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Paul Scott, University of Queensland
Dr. Paul Williams, Stellenbosch University
Dr. Phillip Murphy, University of Leeds



Chair: Prof. David Laband, Georgia Institute of Technology

David received his PhD in economics from Virginia Tech in 1981. He is the author of nine books and over 130 articles in peer-reviewed journals. His research and teaching interests cover a wide range of topics related to economics and policy, including public choice, labor economics, natural resource economics, law and economics, sports economics, and the economics of science. His current research focuses on replication in science. David has been an occasional contributor to the Wall Street Journal and other major North American and regional newspapers. Since 2012, he has served as Chair of the School of Economics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. From 1994-2012, he was at Auburn University, where he has served in both the Department of Economics and the School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences. Before that, he held faculty positions at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Clemson University, and Salisbury State University.

Ms. Chelsea Han, UA Winner 2013
Dr. Cloda Jenkins, University College London
Dr. Iordanis Petsas, University of Scranton
Prof. John Hudson, University of Bath
Mr. Justin Doran, Mr. Justin Doran
Dr. Marina-Selini Katsaiti, United Arab Emirates University
Mr. Pierce Healy, UA Winner 2014



Chair: Prof. James S. Etim, Winston Salem State University

James is a Professor of Education and, until recently, was Programme Coordinator for both the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT Middle Grades) and the undergraduate Middle Grades Education programme. His research is in four broad strands: English Language Arts in the Middle Grades, Gender and Education, Teacher Education and Education Across Cultures. He has received two Fulbright Senior Specialist Awards – one to Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria (2010) and the second to the Polytechnic of Namibia, Windhoek (2012). In 2010 he also won the Wilveria B. Atkinson Distinguished Research Award at Winston Salem State University in recognition of his research and publications. He has been part of several grants and is currently a Co-Principal Investigator for a National Science Foundation Grant on technology use to encourage active learning, as well as the editor of the International Journal of Gender Studies in Developing Societies.

Dr. Abdou Ndoye, Qatar University
Ms. Jennifer Looi, UA Winner 2013
Dr. Justin Rami, Dublin City University
Dr. Caroline Walker-Gleaves, Durham University
Dr. Kate Ferguson-Patrick, University of Newcastle
Dr. Mary Magee, St Angela’s College Sligo
Dr. Randa Almahasneh, Qatar University
Dr. Richard Greenwood, Stranmillis University College
Dr. Steve Cardwell, University of British Columbia
Dr. Tom Farrelly, Institute of Technology Tralee


Engineering & Built Environment

Chair: Prof. Abdel Magid Hamouda, Qatar University

Abdel is the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, College of Engineering, Qatar University. He is an active member of a number of international professional societies. He has published over 300 papers, of which over 130 are indexed in highly-reputed journal publications, and has sat on the editorial board of a number of international journals. He has often been invited as keynote speaker for various conferences, seminars and workshops and has several US and Malaysian patents, and has edited several conference proceedings. His research focuses on advanced materials, lean management, artificial intelligence and process optimisation as well as engineering education. He and his co-workers have received a number of prestigious awards, such as the Gold Medal at the British Invention in 2004 and 2006, and the Takreem Scientific and Technological Achievement Award in 2010. He also won the Qatar University Merit Award in 2010 and 2014.

Dr. Yasser Mahgoub, Qatar University
Dr. Vikram Pakrashi, University College Cork
Dr. Georgios Stylianides, Qatar University
Mr. Fiachra Merwick, Base Group Ltd
Dr. Ted Vaughan, NUI Galway
Dr. Hamed Yazdani Nezhad, University of Limerick


Gender Studies & Anthropology

Chair: Dr. Abby Palko, University of Notre Dame

Abigail is the Associate Director of the Gender Studies programme at the University of Notre Dame. Her research focuses on contemporary Irish and Caribbean women writers, specialising in modernism, post-colonialism, and motherhood studies. The common focus of her research is the triangulation of sexuality, colonialism’s impact, and maternal issues. Her monograph, Contemporary Irish and Caribbean Women’s Writing: The Maternal Imaginary, is under contract with Palgrave Macmillan. She is the co-editor with Dorsía Silva-Smith and Laila Malik of a forthcoming volume entitled Mothers, Mothering, and Globalization. She is also guest editing an upcoming issue of Breac: A Digital Journal of Irish Studies with Moynagh Sullivan and Sinead Kennedy; the theme of this issue is gender, sexuality, and intersectionality in Irish Studies and her interview with Emma Donoghue will appear in this issue. She teaches Introduction to Gender Studies and Literature electives.

Mr. Devin Richards, University of California Berkeley, UA Highly Commended 2011
Dr. Deb Rotman, University of Notre Dame
Dr. David Irwin, Institute of Technology Tallaght
Dr. Caroline Schuster, Australian National University



Chair: Dr. Andrea Nanetti, Nanyang Technological University

Andrea’s university education is in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Italy, France, Germany, Greece, USA). His main research project is EHM – Engineering Historical Memory at the intersections of humanities and data science/visualisation. He first theorised EHM as a Visiting Scholar at Princeton University in 2007 and further developed it when he was Visiting Full Professor at the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari in 2012. The project was awarded best conference paper at 2013 Culture and Computing (Kyoto, Japan), and has been funded, among others, by Microsoft Research (2014-2016). He lives with his family in Singapore where he is an Associate Professor at the NTU School of Art, Design and Media. He also serves the academic field of heritage science as Vice-Director of the International Research Centre for Architectural Heritage Conservation at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, as a Senior Researcher at the European Centre for Living Technology of the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari, a member of the College of Professors of the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Florence, and on the Board of Directors of the Maniatakeion Foundation.

Dr. Andreas Leutzsch, University of Hong Kong
Dr. Denis Casey, Maynooth University
Dr. Eimhin Walsh, UA Winner 2009
Dr. Elaine Farrell, Queen’s University Belfast
Dr. Graeme Murdock, Trinity College Dublin
Ms. Lidia Plaza, UA Winner 2013
Prof. Richard Toye, University of Exeter
Dr. Victoria Hallinan, Boston Architectural College
Dr. Maher Y. Abu-Munshar, Qatar University


Languages & Linguistics

Chair: Dr. Ciarán Mac Murchaidh, Dublin City University

Ciarán is Head of School in Fiontar, Dublin City University. Fiontar is a School in DCU’s Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, widely recognised for the interdisciplinary nature of its academic programmes and the research conducted through the medium of Irish, especially in the area of the digital humanities. His research interests lie primarily in the areas of the Irish language and its devotional literature in the 18th century, especially the sermon genre. His most recent publication, with Professor James Kelly of St Patrick’s College (DCU), is Irish and English: Essays on the Irish Linguistic and Cultural Frontier, 1600-1900 (Dublin, 2012). Other publications include a grammar of the Irish language, Cruinnscríobh na Gaeilge (fifth edition; Dublin, 2013) and Filíocht Ghrá na Gaeilge: Love Poems in Irish (Dublin 2008). He is Secretary of Coiste Léann na Gaeilge, Litríocht na Gaeilge agus na gCultúr Ceilteach in the Royal Irish Academy.

Dr. Aidan Doyle, University College Cork
Dr. Anne L. Walsh, University of Sydney
Dr. David Barr, Ulster University
Prof. Hans-Walter Schmidt-Hannisa, NUI Galway
Prof. Liam Mac Mathúna, University College Dublin
Dr. Malachy Ó Néill, Ulster University
Ms. Qiuyu Wang, Northwestern University
Dr. Sabine Egger, Mary Immaculate College
Dr. Weiming Liu, Dublin City University
Dr. Wendy Anderson, University of Glasgow
Dr. Alice A. Miano, Stanford University



Chair: Ms. Jennifer Schweppe, University of Limerick

Jennifer is a Lecturer in law at the University of Limerick. She won the Small Group Teaching Award at UL in 2010, was awarded a National Award for Excellence in Teaching by the National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning in 2011, and was a finalist for the European Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Humanities and Social Sciences in 2012. She was the President of the Irish Association of Law Teachers for the 2009-2010 session. Jennifer’s research interests lie in the areas of hate crime and abortion law, and she has published widely on these topics. She is co-editor of two major collections in the area of hate crime with Oxford University Press and Palgrave Macmillan, which are forthcoming in 2016, and has been published in the Journal of Hate Studies, the Oxford Handbook Online in Criminology and Criminal Justice, the Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly and the Irish Jurist. Her work in the area of hate crime has been funded by the Irish Research Council, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and the European Union.

Dr. Anca Chirita, Durham University
Mr. Brian Hutchinson, University College Dublin
Dr. Cathal Curran, University College Cork
Dr. Christine Scott-Hayward, California State University Long Beach
Dr. Claire Murray, University College Cork
Dr. Colin King, University of Sussex
Ms. Emma Slattery, UA Highly Commended 2012
Ms. Kathy Bunney, UA Winner 2012
Dr. Mark Coen, University College Dublin
Mr. Ríán Tuathal Derrig, European University Institute, UA Winner 2013
Dr. Tanya Ní Mhuirthile, Dublin City University
Mr. Trevor Glavey, UA Winner 2011


Life Sciences

Chair: Dr. Diane Lees-Murdock, Ulster University

Diane has been a Lecturer and Principle Investigator with the Transcriptional Regulation and Epigenetics Research Group at Ulster University since 2007, investigating the control of DNA methylation in normal development and diseases such as osteoporosis and hypertension. She obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice and has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority since 2008. Diane also designed and leads the innovative online Postgraduate Diploma programme in Stem Cell Biology at Ulster University, which was developed with BBSRC Modular Training for industry funding. She places a particular focus on the control of the DNA methyltransferase enzymes, which carry out faithful transmission of the DNA methylation pattern. She is also investigating the influence of environmental factors, such as nutrients and xenobiotics, on DNA methylation maintenance and reprogramming.

Dr. Anne Friel, Athlone Institute of Technology
Dr. Bin-Zhi Qian, University of Edinburgh
Dr. Christophe Viret, Université de Lyon
Mr. Daniel Johnston, UA Highly Commended 2012
Dr. Daniel Milej, Western University
Prof. David Sheehan, University College Cork
Dr. Dervla O’Malley, University College Cork
Dr. Ian Kenny, University of Limerick
Dr. Jana McCaskill, University of Edinburgh
Dr. Karla O’Neill, Queen’s University Belfast
Dr. Kathy Gately, Trinity College Dublin
Dr. Mary Hannon-Fletcher, Ulster University
Dr. Navin Kumar Verma, Nanyang Technological University
Dr. P. Tish K. Doyle-Baker, University of Calgary
Dr. Pat Morgan, NUI Galway
Ms. Rebecca Liu, Western University
Dr. Robert Shore, University of St Andrews
Ms. Samantha Alex Gordine, University of St Andrews, UA Highly Commended 2013
Dr. Zhang Yilei, Nanyang Technological University
Dr. Heather Nesbitt, Ulster University



Chair: Prof. Joel Faflak, Western University

Joel is Professor of English and Theory in the Department of English and Writing Studies at Western University, where he is Director of the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities. He is author of Romantic Psychoanalysis (2008), co-author of Revelation and Knowledge (Toronto), editor of De Quincey’s Confessions (2009), and editor or co-editor of eight volumes, including The Handbook to Romanticism Studies (2012), The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope (2013), and Romanticism and the Emotions (2014). He is the North American editor (Romanticism) for Literature Compass, co-editor of Palgrave Studies in Affect Theory and Literary Criticism, and has won the Polanyi Prize for Literature (2002) and the Governor General’s Gold Medal for Research Excellence (1999). He is currently working on two books: Romantic Psychiatry: The Psychopathology of Happiness and Get Happy! Utopianism and the American Film Musical.

Dr. Angela Ryan, University College Cork
Dr. Brian Ó Conchubhair, University of Notre Dame
Mr. Colin Groundwater, UA Winner 2014
Ms. Ellen Howley, UA Winner 2014
Ms. Ettie Bailey-King, University of Oxford, UA Winner 2012
Dr. Faiza Aljohani, King Abdulaziz University
Dr. Ghanim J. M. Samarrai, University of Sharjah
Prof. Jan Jedrzejewski, Ulster University
Dr. Kelly Matthews, Framingham State University
Dr. Mary M. Burke, University of Connecticut
Dr. Neil Murphy, Nanyang Technological University
Dr. Peter Ferry, University College Dublin
Dr. Richard Barlow, Nanyang Technological University
Ms. Ruth Daly, UA Winner 2014
Dr. Tim Hancock, Ulster University
Dr. Paul Delaney, Trinity College Dublin
Dr. Walter Wadiak, Nanyang Technological University


Mathematics & Physics

Chair: Prof. Nathaniel Stern, Northwestern University

Nathaniel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University. His research is focused on the fundamental quantum interactions of photons with atoms, nano-scale materials, and magnetism, with a current emphasis on nanofabrication of low-dimensional materials. He also has a keen interest in improving science teaching in undergraduate education. A seasoned judge, he has previously assessed entrants to the California State Science Fair, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and Caltech SURF. He, in turn, has been awarded the US Department of Energy Early Career Research Award (2014), the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2013), Richard C. Tolman Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship (2008-2011), the LeRoy Apker Award (2004), and the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Fellowship (2003), among others.

Dr. Abdessamad Tridane, United Arab Emirates University
Prof. Ahmad I. Ayesh, Qatar University
Dr. Christophe Haynes, University of Queensland
Prof. Ilham Y. Al-Qaradawi, Qatar University
Dr. Masoud Seifikar, Tyndall National Institute and University College Cork
Dr. Rachel Quinlan, NUI Galway
Prof. Roger E. Khayat, Western University
Dr. Sean Andrews, Harvard University
Dr. Yu Luo, Nanyang Technological University


Media & Journalism

Chair: Dr. Rama Venkatasawmy, University of Newcastle

Rama is a Lecturer in the discipline of Communication and Media, who currently teaches the Bachelor of Communication programme at the Singapore campus of the University of Newcastle, Australia. He previously taught film and television production courses in the Mass Communication programme at Curtin University’s Malaysian campus, where he was the founder of the department of Mass Communication. He has worked as a copywriter in the advertising industry, as well as undertaken media production-related consultancies for various public and private organisations and institutions internationally. He has presented papers at various conferences and in 2010 he was Co-Chair of the 10th Biennial Borneo Research Council International Conference. Rama is also a member of the Communication and Media Research Group in the Hunter Creative Industries and Technology Research Centre, a member of the Scientific Board of the Communication and Media Research Center, as well as an Editorial and Review Board Member for the Asian Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Dr. Elsayed Abdelwahed Elkilany, Qatar University
Mr. Viraj Suparsad, University of the Witwatersrand


Medical Sciences

Chair: Dr. Dana Vackova, University of Hong Kong

Dana is a Lecturer at the University of Hong Kong, where she coordinates undergraduate programmes at the School of Public Health. She is responsible for MBBS, BChinMed, BBioMedCs and BPharm teaching, curricula planning and development, students’ assessment, and programme evaluation. Dana is a member of numerous LKS Faculty of Medicine MBBS committees, and an Associate Fellow of the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine and the Hong Kong College of Health Service Executives. Her main research interests include medical education and health economics. Dana graduated from Charles University, Prague, and went on to receive an MBA degree from the University of London, and an award for Best Student. She previously worked as a specialist at the Department of Medicine and as a Counselor for the Health Insurance System and Drug Policy at the Ministry of Health, Czech Republic.

Dr. Dimitrios Zeugolis, NUI Galway
Dr. Dinesh Kumar Srinivasan, Nanyang Technological University
Dr. Guido van Marle, University of Calgary
Ms. Jina J.Y. Kum, Western University
Dr. Laura-Anne Furlong, Loughborough University
Mr. Lewis Hou, University of Edinburgh, UA Winner 2012
Dr. Mary Anne Amalaradjou, University of Connecticut
Dr. Paul Brennan, University of Edinburgh


Music, Film, Theatre & Art History

Chair: Prof. Brian Singleton, Trinity College Dublin

Brian is the Samuel Beckett Professor of Drama & Theatre Studies at Trinity College Dublin, and the Academic Director of The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art. In addition, he is a champion of Trinity’s Research Theme Creative Arts Practice, and Deputy Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub. He is the former editor of Theatre Research International (Cambridge University Press, 2001-2003), and former President of the International Federation for Theatre Research (2007-2011). In 2012 he and Janelle Reinelt won the ATHE Excellence in Editing Award for their book series Studies in International Performance, published by Palgrave Macmillan. He is currently editing a new book series with co-editor Elaine Aston, entitled Contemporary Performance InterActions. He has been published widely on the subject of theatre and performance practice in Irish and European contexts, with a particular interest in interculturalism, orientalism, gender, and memory.

Dr. Adèle Commins, Dundalk Institute of Technology
Dr. Charlotte Galloway, Australian National University
Dr. Christopher Collins, Trinity College Dublin
Dr. Cormac O’Brien, University College Dublin
Dr. Denis Collins, University of Queensland
Mr. Dominic O’Key, University of Leeds, UA Winner 2014
Dr. Jacopo Mazzeo, University of Southampton
Ms. Julie Daunt, University College Cork
Dr. Qi Wang, Georgia Institute of Technology


Nursing & Midwifery

Chair: Dr. Cynthia Mannion, University of Calgary

Cynthia is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary. Cynthia graduated from Queen’s University at Kingston in 1979 and completed a Master’s degree in Nursing from McGill University in 1985. In Quebec, Canada, she worked in Infant Medicine at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, in the Newborn Nursery and Postpartum Units at the Royal Victoria Hospital and taught prenatal classes at St. Mary’s Hospital Montreal and later with the Calgary Health Region. She completed her PhD in 2004 in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, focusing on maternal dietary intake and birth outcomes. Cynthia had a private nursing practice ‘Centre Nouvelle Famille’ in Montreal providing prenatal classes, breastfeeding and labour support prior to moving to Calgary. Cynthia currently conducts research in maternal/child health, particularly maternal dietary intake in pregnancy and lactation and dietary behavior of people facing challenging health events. She teaches in the graduate and undergraduate nursing programmes at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Alice Coffey, University College Cork
Dr. Denise Lawler, Trinity College Dublin
Dr. Elizabeth Weathers, University College Cork
Ms. Lisa Herrity, Institute of Technology Tralee
Dr. Loretta Crawley, University College Dublin
Dr. Maria Brenner, University College Dublin
Ms. Orla Mc Alinden, Queen’s University Belfast
Dr. Pearse Murphy, Athlone Institute of Technology
Dr. Rhona O’Connell, University College Cork
Ms. Siobhán O’Connor, University of Manchester, UA Winner 2013

Philosophy & Theology

Chair: Dr. André Maury, University of Helsinki

After receiving a mainly classical education in a private school for boys in his native Helsingfors (Helsinki), André read philosophy for Georg Henrik von Wright and then in Cambridge, for G.E.M. Anscombe. He worked on the Wittgenstein papers with von Wright, and sees himself primarily as a teacher, promoting the legacy of Wittgenstein as he understands it from his teachers. He worked for many years as a Professor of Philosophy at his home department and is currently in a researcher position. He works mainly on questions of meaning within logic, arithmetic and ethics through giving talks, which occasionally are turned into papers. André sees philosophy as a humanistic discipline eschewing formal systems, and judging The Undergraduate Awards is in line with his engagement in evaluating the European Union’s projects in philosophy.

Dr. Zakaryya Mohamed Abdel-Hady, Qatar University
Dr. Shawn Welnak, LIU Post
Mr. Sam McGrath, UA Winner 2014
Dr. Rebecca Denova, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Dominic Smith, University of Dundee
Dr. Axel Mueller, Northwestern University


Politics & International Relations

Chair: Dr. Nick Robinson, University of Leeds

Nick is Associate Professor in politics at the University of Leeds. He is author of numerous publications, including a couple of books. His present teaching/research is in the area of popular culture and world politics with a specific focus on the politics of video games. Over his career he has taught across a wide variety of modules and programmes within the field of both politics and international studies. He is a firm believer in celebrating the excellence of student work and serves to flip on its head the idea of research-based teaching, subscribing instead to the mantra to deliver teaching-driven research. He is presently the Chair of the BISA Learning and Teaching Committee (UK), a University of Leeds Teaching Fellow (2015), and a previous joint-winner of the BISA/HEA Award for Excellence in Teaching International Studies (2013).

Dr. Alexander Beresford, University of Leeds
Dr. Barbara Falk, Canadian Forces College and University of Toronto
Dr. Beverley Loke, University of Oxford
Dr. Birgit Schippers, St Mary’s University College
Dr. Christopher Woodard, University of Nottingham
Dr. Diarmuid Torney, Dublin City University
Dr. Elena Atanassova-Cornelis, University of Antwerp and Catholic University of Louvain
Dr. Emma Mayhew, University of Reading
Dr. Erzsebet Strausz, University of Warwick
Prof. Helen Drake, Loughborough University
Dr. Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik, Aston University
Prof. Jonathan Joseph, University of Sheffield
Dr. Kenneth McDonagh, Dublin City University
Dr. Scott Fitzsimmons, University of Limerick
Dr. Simon Lightfoot, University of Leeds
Dr. J. Simon Rofe, SOAS University of London
Dr. Stuart Shields, University of Manchester
Dr. Heather Johnson, Queen’s University Belfast



Chair: Dr. Batoul Khalifa, Qatar University

Batoul is an Associate Professor in Mental Health, and a coordinator for BEd in Special Education at Qatar University. She has led many successful projects and workshops and has engaged in research for over 21 years on topics such as the psychology of women and family, child abuse, creativity of youth, special education, and quality assurance in higher education. She is also a scientific reviewer at the International Journal of Multicultural Learning and Teaching, as well as a supervisor for the graduate and PhD students’ theses. Batoul was a Chairperson for the Quality Assurance and Programme Enhancement Committee at College of Education for many years, as well as a board member of the Division of International Special Education and Services (DISES). Batoul has received many awards over the years, including an award from Qatar University’s Vice-President and Chief Academic Officer for her constant involvement in the OPEC Fund for International Development, and the Kennesaw State University Shield of Higher Appreciation for her efforts in the field of special education and academic work.

Dr. Fathi Ihmeideh, Qatar University
Dr. Hatem Anas Hasan Alkhamra, Qatar University
Mr. Hause Lin, UA Winner 2014
Dr. Kholoud Dababneh, Hashemite University
Prof. Mary McColgan, Ulster University
Dr. Nada Eltaiba, University of Western Australia and Qatar University
Prof. Pamela W. Garner, George Mason University
Dr. Salma M. Khaled, Qatar University
Dr. Sharon Curtin, University College Cork
Dr. Sonia Morris, St Patrick’s College Drumcondra
Dr. Taha Rabie Taha Adawi, Ain Shams University


Social Sciences

Chair: Prof. Roderic Broadhurst, Australian National University

Roderic is a Professor of Criminology in the School of Sociology, Research School of Social Sciences, at the Australian National University. He currently directs the ANU Cybercrime Observatory. Recent books include Business and the Risk of Crime in China (ANU Press 2011), Policing in Context (Oxford 2009) and Violence and the Civilizing Process in Cambodia (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Mr. Arun Frey, University of Oxford, UA Highly Commended 2014
Dr. Christina Quinlan, Dublin City University
Dr. Denise O’Leary, University College Dublin
Dr. Gregor Wolbring, University of Calgary
Dr. Jacqui O’Riordan, University College Cork
Mr. Joshua Oware, UA Winner 2014
Dr. Lena Rodriguez, University of Newcastle
Dr. Linda Moore, Ulster University
Prof. Michael Breen, Mary Immaculate College
Prof. Paddy Gray, Ulster University
Dr. Sirin Sung, Queen’s University Belfast
Dr. Una Convery, Ulster University
Ms. Valesca Lima, University College Dublin


Visual Arts & Design

Chair: Ms. Danné Ojeda, Nanyang Technological University

Danné is an Associate Professor in the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Danné’s work engages contemporary communication design, art practice and theory. She was a UNESCO Research Fellow at the Jan van Eyck Academy, Institute for Research and Production in Fine Art, Graphic Design and Theory, Maastricht, the Netherlands. In 2006, she founded a graphic design studio in Amsterdam called ‘d-file’, from which she has mainly worked for and collaborated with cultural institutions that include the Singapore Art Museum, the Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, the National Institute of Fine Arts, Mexico, and Bimaris Editions, the Netherlands. Danné has published, lectured on and curated exhibitions related to contemporary art and design. She is the author and the designer of the book Diagonal. Essays on Contemporary Cuban Art. Her complete publications and exhibition design oeuvre commissioned by the Singapore Art Museum were awarded with the Singapore Design Award in 2014.

Mr. Jeremy Madden, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
Ms. Janet Coulter, Ulster University
Dr. Essam Hallak, Qatar University
Dr. M. Salim Ferwati, Qatar University
Ms. Katie Watchorn, UA Winner 2014
Dr. Mike Mcauley, University of Newcastle
Mr. Joe Lane, LIT Limerick Institute of Art & Design
Ms. Alice S. Kim, UA Winner 2013
Mr. Brendan Fox, National College of Art and Design
Dr. Kenneth Feinstein, Nanyang Technological University
Dr. Nuala Rooney, Ulster University
Ms. Louise O’Boyle,  Ulster University
Mr. Matthew Egan, University of Sharjah
Mr. Ruben de la Nuez, Nanyang Technological University
Ms. Ng Ee Ching Candice, Nanyang Technological University
Dr. Chalit Kongsuwan, Nanyang Technological University

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