A Ballina student has won first place at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Aaron Hannon, a past pupil of  St Muredach's College, Ballina, who’s currently studying Engineering at Trinity College, Dublin was awarded a First Place in his category, Embedded Systems at the event which was held in Pittsburgh last week.

Aaron's project was inspired by his late grandfather who suffered a stroke in 2003, and was unable to shave himself without help.  Aaron set about designing a shaving device for people with limited hand dexterity.

He won the top award last year at the SciFest 2017 national final with the device, which can be controlled by voice commands from a mobile phone app, which connects to the device via Bluetooth, allowing the user to have complete control over their shaving routine without outside assistance.

Some 1700 students from over 75 countries were involved in the International Science & Engineering Fair, competing for a prize fund totaling 4 million dollars.

Aaron will receive a cash prize as part of his award, and will have an asteroid named after him.


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