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Professor Gerard Wrixon Prize in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

At a glance

  • Value: a medal and €250
  • You must be enrolled in the Masters of Electrical and Electronic Engineering to be eligible for this prize
  • Questions about this prize can be directed to


Originally from Limerick, Professor Gerard (Gerry) Wrixon attended UCC and graduated with a BE in 1961. He completed his studies with a MSc in Engineering from California Institute of Technology and a PhD in Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Wrixon developed a successful career in engineering through roles in Fokker Aircraft, Holland and Bell Telephone Labs, USA.

Professor Wrixon returned to UCC as a Lecturer in Engineering in 1974. In 1982, he was appointed Professor of Microelectronics – a position which mirrored his role as founding director of the National Microelectronics Research Centre (NMRC) (later the Tyndall Institute).

In 1999 Professor Wrixon was appointed the President of UCC, a role he held until 2007. During his Presidency, Professor Wrixon established UCC as a centre of research excellence by encouraging and facilitating investment into UCC’s College of Science, Engineering and Food Science.

Professor Wrixon’s generosity and dedication to the Science and Engineering field in UCC continues with the establishment of the Professor Gerard Wrixon Prize in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

This prize will be awarded to the final year student on the Masters in Electrical and Electronic Engineering who achieves the highest aggregate performance.

The student awarded the prize will receive a medal and cash Prize of €250 euro.


Eligibility / Criteria:

  1. Student must be enrolled in the Masters of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
  2. Student must hold the highest aggregate marks on the course.

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