In February 2020, Dr. Abdollah Malekjafarian received the “Bertram Broberg Memorial Medal” for “UCD’s Best PhD in Mechanics- 2016”. This medal is awarded every year for the best PhD thesis in the College of Engineering, Mathematical and Physical Sciences (EMPS) at UCD. Abdollah obtained his PhD in Civil Engineering at UCD in 2016 under supervision of Prof. Eugene OBrien. His thesis was focused on “Drive-by bridge health monitoring using the response measured on a passing vehicle”. 

In March 2018, Dr. Malekjafarian received Royal Irish Academy Charlemont award in March 2018 in Dublin. The scheme is a travel grants scheme aimed at early-career researchers who are not more than seven years past the award of their PhDs. It facilitates short international visits for the conduct of primary research in any subject area. Dr Malekjafarian travelled to University of Alberta, Canada to work on a project entitled “Drive-by Railway Track Profile/Stiffness Monitoring Using an Operational Train”.

Dr. Amiya Pandit received the Irish Research Council ‘Thomas Mitchell Medal of Excellence’ last week. He was awarded the medal for being the top-ranked postdoctoral researcher in the STEM category under highly competitive Government of Ireland funding scheme.

Robert Corbally receiving the TRA Young Researcher award

Mr. Robert Corbally was awarded 3rd prize in the ‘road’ category of the TRA Visions Young Researcher Competition for his PhD research where he is developing an approach for network level bridge health monitoring using in-vehicle sensors and machine learning.

Mr. Robert Corbally received the best student award in bridge stream at Civil Engineering Research in Ireland Conference on Friday, 26th of August 2022. Robert is a PhD student at SDA-Lab under the supervision of Dr. Abdollah Malekjafarian. He is developing novel data-driven algorithms for drive-by bridge health monitoring using responses measured on multiple passing vehicles.

In November 2020, Mr Robert Corbally won the 1st place in the Individual Applied Project Competition organised by Engineers Ireland and Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Robert won the prize for his PhD work which focuses using a machine learning approach for drive-by condition monitoring of bridges. The competition was organised by Engineers Ireland and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers to find examples of projects conducted by students across Ireland which represent engineering solutions that have been or could be implemented by industry/society. Robert is carrying out this work under the supervision of Dr. Abdollah Malekjafarian of SDA-Lab.