Analog Devices Hosts BT Young Scientist Homecoming for Limerick Students

  • Louis Costelloe, Ard Scoil Ris, Ellie Hackett, Laurel Hill, Marcus McCarthy Ard Scoil Ris, and Diarmuid Coughlan Ard Scoil Ris. Picture: Brian Arthur
Louis Costelloe, Ard Scoil Ris, Ellie Hackett, Laurel Hill, Marcus McCarthy Ard Scoil Ris, and Diarmuid Coughlan Ard Scoil Ris. Picture: Brian Arthur

Analog Devices Inc (ADI) recently hosted a special celebration event to acknowledge the achievements of students and schools from the Limerick region who participated in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE).

As a gold sponsor of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition since 2000, ADI organised the homecoming event to celebrate the bright talent in the region and to continue to inspire students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

All 13 Limerick schools that participated in BTYSTE last January were invited to the event, where students had the opportunity to explore various career paths in STEM and gain insights into the exciting projects undertaken by Analog Devices.

Attendees included Taha Njie and Aidan Oscar from Coláiste Chiaráin in Croom, Co. Limerick, who won the Analog Devices Technology Award at BTYSTE 2024 for their project, PORTANOS. Their innovation, a portable and affordable 3D-printed ECG machine, offers reliable cardiac monitoring, enhancing healthcare accessibility with precision, cost-effectiveness, and ease of use.

Congratulations were extended to Seán O'Sullivan from Coláiste Chiaráin for his outstanding achievement in winning the coveted overall 1st prize at the BTYSTE of the Year 2024 for his project VerifyMe: A new approach to authorship attribution in the post-ChatGPT era.

The evening featured a panel discussion with students and teachers about their experience along with presentations from young ADI engineers, providing students with a firsthand look at the innovative projects shaping the future of technology.

Mari Cahalane, Head of BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, said,

“It’s wonderful to have partners like Analog Devices on board who share our enthusiasm for the event and the importance of nurturing the next generation of STEM professionals. After six decades, BTYSTE has become an amazing national institution and we’re delighted to have so many amazing students participating year on year. I’m delighted to announce that entries for 2025 have just opened – so I would encourage everyone to start thinking about their projects now!”

Leo McHugh, Analog Devices, said,

“Analog Devices remains dedicated to supporting initiatives that promote STEM education and innovation, and the "Homecoming" event serves as a testament to the company's commitment to inspiring and empowering young minds in the Limerick community.”

Brian O’Mara, Analog Devices, said,

“It was fantastic to see over 60 students from 13 Limerick schools participating in the BTYSTE this year.  The students are a huge credit to themselves, their parents and their schools and we wanted to recognise their curiosity and hard work. They’ve already achieved so much and, as graduates of BTYSTE, we hope that they will act as ambassadors for STEM and encourage the next round of students to enter.”

Entry details for BTYSTE 2025 can be found here.

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