Moving On Up

April 13, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Encouraging news guys!  It looks like I’ll be able to move the Fusor to the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG).  There’s quite a ways to go yet, but I expect this to work out.


NUIG is the most convenient place for me, speaking in terms of distance to travel and my own familiarity with the campus.  I know a number of members of the Maths Department and my Mum (She went to College in NUIG) knows a number of people on the staff.


In NUIG, I’ll be under the supervision of the Engineering Department, rather than the Physics/Applied Sciences Department.  I do have connections with the physics Department – I visited last year for a tour and had a meeting with Dr Andy Shearer – Although his interests are primarily based in astrophysics, he gave plenty of good advice and answered a lot of questions that made me rethink some of my plans – I remember from our conversation that he stated he worked in a nuclear power facility previously.  I don’t expect the venture to be completely under the Engineering Dept though, there may be scope for a move to the Physics Dept at some stage, but that won’t be for a year at least, if ever.


Either way, as with other Fusors that have been housed/built in Universities (Radiant Matter and University Wisconsin-Madison for example), there’s probably going to be a lot of knowledge sharing going on.  I’ll need members of the Physics dept to help me out with one hypotheses and ensuring my data analysis and conclusions are correct and electrical engineers will help with the high voltage set-up.  As well as that, I’d say some students would like to get involved with the Fusor out of their own interest too.


Before the Fusor can move, there are a number of safety precautions to clear.  A risk assessment has to be drawn up, along with a programme of works and a supervisor has to be found too.  Along with other items, this all goes towards helping NUIG make a fully informed decision whether or not to take the Fusor under their wing – I hope they do!


As I mentioned above, I know a few members of the NUIG Maths Dept – This is from my involvement with the Irish Maths Olympiad (IrMO), which I’ll be sitting Saturday week, April 25th, in NUIG.  IrMO is the selection test for the Irish International Maths Olympiad (IMO) team, which is the most prestigious mathematics contest for second-level students worldwide.  The top 6 second-level students (Under 19s) are brought on a 10 day trip to compete in the IMO…This year it’s in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  I sat IrMO last year (I was 14) and came 21st nationally out of under-19s, so my hopes are high for this year – An all expenses trip to Thailand and competing with students from nearly every country on Earth would be an amazing experience…If I don’t get on though, I have another 3 years of eligibility though, so it’s not the be all and the end all.