Monday 18 December 2017

Named in top 25 engineers

Dr Niamh Shaw
Dr Niamh Shaw

Olivia Ryan

Dundalk woman Niamh Shaw saw her recent 'simulated mission to Mars' propel her to the Silicon Republic's 'Top 25 Irish female engineers.'

The former Dun Lughaidgh student was lauded among the country's leading engineers for her work with Crew 173, who were based in the Utah desert on the world famous simulated Mars mission.

The distinguished Silicon Republic named her among some of the leading figures in the industry in Ireland, saying: 'As an engineer, scientist and performer, Niamh Shaw wants to awaken people to the wonders of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) by merging it with the creative arts,' said the the online tech bible.

Co-founder of STEAMakers, Shaw is core lectures chair of the Space Studies Programme 2017 at the International Space University.'

'Her achievements saw her included in last year's Science 50 list on, as well as our Women Invent series.

With higher-than-sky-high ambitions, Shaw aims to get to space within the next eight years and was a member of Crew 173, working on a project for the Mars Desert Research Station that involved the successful launch of the Sentinel-2B satellite.'

Speaking to the Argus after her recent return from the Mars mission, Niamh said:

'I was really thrilled to be taking part in this mission. For me personally it is one step closer to achieving my dream of being the first Irish person in space.'

She added 'All of this research which is being done outside of space agencies will help in the efforts that are being made for people to travel to Mars.'

The Argus

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