HALPIN Maritime Operations researcher Rob Lynch has been selected to be a judge in this year’s prestigious Undergraduate Awards programme. The Undergraduate Awards is the world’s leading undergraduate awards programme which recognises top undergraduate work, shares this work with a global audience and connects students across cultures and disciplines. The programme’s values are innovation, collaboration, ambition, impartiality, inclusiveness and efficiency. The programme is run by a non-profit organisation, under the patronage of the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.
UA was founded in 2008 in Dublin, Ireland where it continues to operate from. The initiative was originally named the “Irish Undergraduate Awards” and was open to students from Ireland’s seven universities. The inspiration for UA came from the realisation that “millions and millions of pages of pages filled with the ideas of our young people” were left to sit â€œon a shelf gathering dustâ€ each year. In 2012, UA expanded to accept submissions from every Third Level Institution on the Island of Ireland as well as the top twenty universities in Britain, USA and Canada. UA currently accepts submissions from students in any Institution of Higher Education in the world. In 2016, the UA Programme was split into seven regions. Under this system, the highest performing Highly Commended Entrant from each region will be named a Regional Winner of their category.
Rob Lynch joined HALPIN in 2016. Rob_LynchHe began his career in the Irish Defence Forces and served as a Naval Officer for twelve years fulfilling several sea going & shore based roles. During this time, Rob specialised primarily as a Deck Officer in which his most senior role was the Executive Officer and Second in Command of L.E. Eithne, the Naval Service Flagship. He also specialised in Learning and Development and Human Resources. After coming ashore, Rob completed a full-time Masters in Human Resources and Business and was awarded the Kemmy Business School Outstanding Scholar award for research completed during this programme. Rob joined the NMCI in 2015 fulfilling several lecturing and commercial training functions. Since joining the HALPIN Maritime Operations Team, Rob has been involved in a number of successful proposals and is project managing EU funded programmes in the Maritime Operations domain. Rob also fulfils several guest lecturing functions for University College Cork and the University of Limerick and supervises a number of research dissertations for various Irish 3rd level institutions each year. Rob is managing two of HALPIN’s current projects, SEDNA and ONBOARD and pursuing a PhD in Department of Marketing and Management, University College Cork.