Mechanical engineering students from Bolton Street teamed up with their peers at the College of Business, Aungier Street, to present a case study on a green transport system design for Galway.

They were representing TU Dublin at the recently held ESB Inter-Colleges Challenge at the Irish Management Institute.

Green metropolitan transport system

Samuel Berry, Pierce Blackmore, Jake Rogers and Sanchit Aggarwall presented their case study on 'Decarbonising the Transport infrastructure for Galway' and developed a winning proposal on a green metropolitan transport system for 2040.

Marguerite Sayers, ESB executive director, customer solutions and president of Engineers Ireland, presenting the team with the McLoughlin perpetual trophy.

Their win, competing with nine other Universities, meant they retained their crown having also won the competition in 2018.

ESB executive director and Engineers Ireland president Marguerite Sayers said: “The quality of analysis undertaken by each of the teams over the past two days demonstrates their ability to think critically and creatively about the challenges facing the country and the energy sector in the transition to a low carbon future.”

The TU Dublin team were mentored and coached by Dr Sajad Alimohammadi and Prof David Kennedy from the School of Mechanical and Design Engineering, and Dr Eoghan O’Grady from the College of Business.

According to Prof Kennedy, “the members performed to an excellent standard, demonstrating a very high ability in engineering, business and multidisciplinary team work combined with exceptional communication and presentation skills. This is the formula to excel in this competition”.

Dr Alimohammadi said "Ireland is committed to promote the UN’s Sustainable Development goals. Looking at the case considered for the competition by ESB as Green Transport System, it is perfectly aligned with and directly addresses three major goals as Affordable and Clean Energy, Sustainable Cities and Communities, and Climate Action”.

The team will now represent Ireland at the international engineering and commerce competition ENGCOMM in Montreal, Canada. Dr O’ Grady committed to ensuring the team will be fully prepared for this challenge and “will once again represent Ireland with great distinction at this very prestigious international competition”.