The Naughton Fellowship program marks its fifteenth year with a symposium in Dublin, Ireland

Author: Brett Beasley

Attendees At Naughton Fellowship Program Symposium

Today, at a symposium and networking event, the Naughton Fellowship program celebrated its fifteenth year of connecting the University of Notre Dame with Ireland’s leading research universities.

The event was part of the 2023 Aer Lingus College Football Classic, and it drew nearly 40 alumni and over 150 guests from around the globe. Speakers included Una Brosnan, Head of Offshore Strategy and New Markets, Mainstream Renewable; Robert Piconi, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Vault SA; and Simon Todd, Managing Director, Causeway Energies.

The speakers discussed how university research is leading to major technological breakthroughs in power generation, microelectronics, and sustainability.

The symposium also featured a question and answer session moderated by Linda Doyle, Provost and President of Trinity College Dublin and an expert in wireless communications, cognitive radio, reconfigurable networks, spectrum management, and creative arts practices.

Michael Hildreth, vice president, associate provost, and dean of the Graduate School at Notre Dame, said, “the Naughton Fellowship in all of its various forms provides tremendous training opportunities for scholars at all levels, and is bringing cutting-edge research to the people of this world.” Hildreth, who is also a professor of physics and astronomy noted that the program has provided annual summer research experiences for more than 100 undergraduates, almost 90 masters students, and 20 doctoral fellows.

Attendees At Naughton Fellowship Program Networking Event

“The deep relationships that this program has fostered, and the amazing experiences its participants have had are all truly remarkable,” Hildreth said. “It has been a great joy to see the variety of research and learning experiences that this partnership between the Naughton family and the University has fostered. You only have to talk to any of the current and former participants who are here today to understand the benefits, and the enthusiasm that this program has generated.”

The event also marked the official opening of the annual competition for the Naughton Fellowships for undergraduate research, graduate programs, and faculty research collaborations. For more information, including full application details for each of the available programs, please see


Brett Beasley / Writer and Editorial Program Manager

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