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President's Research Awards 2011

03 February 2011

This year's President's Research Awards were presented to Professor Patrick Flood of the Dublin City University Business School and to Professor Paul Whelan of the School of Electronic Engineering and the Centre for Image Processing and Analysis within the Rince Institute. The awards are presented annually to researchers who have excelled in their field.

Speaking at today’s ceremony, DCU President, Professor Brian MacCraith said, “While today is primarily about celebrating the excellence of our 2 awardees I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your excellent commitment in challenging times. Our reputation as a research-intensive university is due to your excellence. It is you that have enabled DCU to punch above its weight. And this has never been more important to Irish society, especially at a time when the core missions of universities will come under serious scrutiny”.

He went on to add that DCU is a university that values research, but not simply research for the sake of research; “Our work does not end with the discovery of new knowledge – we go further and place a large emphasis on knowledge transfer – the Translation of research into societal and economic value”.

Professor Flood received the award in the Humanities and Social Sciences for his outstanding contribution to the development of scholarship in the areas of human resource management and organisational behaviour here in Ireland and internationally. 

According to the citation, “Patrick’s work has made an enormous contribution in enhancing DCU’s international reputation and in enhancing the research infrastructure of the Business School.

“Professor Flood’s scholarship and status positions him as a pre-eminent scholar in human resource management and organisational behaviour internationally. In terms of personal scholarship, Professor Flood has published 14 books and monographs, 38 international journal articles, 13 book chapters, 10 business publications and numerous conference proceedings.  Patrick has published in the major journals in the management field, including Human Resource Management in the US (with the highest impact factor of any human resource management journal in the world); Strategic Management Journal, Human Relations and Industrial Relations. Patrick ranks 2nd in the discipline of industrial and human relations in the Republic of Ireland in terms of lifetime achievement. On an all Ireland basis, he is ranked 16th among business scholars for lifetime achievement and 24th in terms of productivity based on the records of over 760 business scholars examined.  Patrick has raised in the region of €1.5m to support his research on human resource practices and firm performance, winning research funding from bodies such as IRCHSS and HRB. These achievements demonstrate the impact of his scholarship for DCU and the Business School”. 

To read Patrick Flood's citation, click here.

Professor Paul Whelan received the award for Science and Engineering. 

“Paul is an exceptional engineer who has established himself as an internationally leading figure in image processing and analysis – particularly so over the last 10-12 years in the field of biomedical image analysis and diagnostics.  His ability has been recognised by invitations to present his work at agenda-shaping conferences and to serve on key opinion-forming committees.  He continues to impress his research colleagues by his wide knowledge of diverse biological problems and how his new approaches can help eliminate long standing barriers to progress”, according to the citation.

To read Paul Whelan's citation, click here.

To read President Brian MacCraith's speech, click here.