2018 Naughton Fellowship

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Joanne Fahey | May 11, 2018

Twenty-six students have been announced as awardees of the Naughton Fellowships for 2018. The research fellowships were awarded to undergraduate, master's and Ph.D. students from the University of Notre Dame and from four universities in Ireland. This year’s winners from Notre Dame represent the colleges of Arts and Letters, Engineering and Science.

Speaking about this year’s awardees, Brian Baker, Rev. John A. Zahm Professor of Structural Biology and director of the Naughton Fellowships, said, “The newest Naughton Fellows represent all that the Naughton Fellowship stands for – exceptional scholarship, an ambassadorial spirit and a commitment to the advancement of STEM research both in the U.S. and in Ireland. I am delighted to welcome these new students to our community and congratulate them on their achievements thus far.”

Baker continued, “Further, I would like to thank the Naughton Family for their continual support of this program. It is because of their vision – and their dedication – that the fellowships, and these students, continue to flourish.”

The 2018 Naughton Fellowship awardees are as follows:


Kelvin M. Figueroa-Ibrahim, a Ph.D. student in aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, and Eoghan Ross, a Ph.D. student in mechanical and manufacturing engineering at Trinity College Dublin, will work on a project entitled “Dark-MetaLiner,” which proposes a disruptive sub-wavelength, sound-absorbing material to reduce the environmental impact of aircraft on communities located in the vicinity of airports.


Ashley Ahimbisibwe, a statistics major at Notre Dame, will undertake a Master of Science in statistics at University College Dublin.

Sarah Cate Baker, a biological sciences and English major at Notre Dame, will complete her Master of Science in global health from Trinity College Dublin.

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 by Daily Domer Staff

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