Skerries Student Adam Kelly Wins The BT Young Scientist Award 2019

Huge congratulations to Skerries Community College student, Adam Kelly, who has won the top award at the prestigious BT Young Scientist & Technologist of the Year competition.

Young Scientist Winner 2019 Adam Kelly

Adam Kelly. Photo: Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography

Adam’s project, which was entitled ‘Optimizing The Simulation Of General Quantum Circuits’ was praised by judges. Judge and Chair of the Chemical, Physical and Mathematics Category, Professor Sean Corish, said the winning entry hugely impressed the judges.

“Quantum computing is an emerging technology which represents a potentially significant advance in computing,” he said.

“Adam developed a tool to select the optimum algorithm for the simulation of particular quantum circuits, which may inform the development of a practical quantum computer, which is still at an early stage. This has implications across many areas, including cybersecurity.

“In addition, he used Open Source code to parallelise quantum simulation on graphical processing units that is significantly quicker than other available simulators and this work has already come to the attention of key industry leaders.

Adam received a cheque for €7,500 for winning and will go on to represent Ireland at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists in Bulgaria in September.

Caroline Clarke Principal Skerries CC, Adam Kelly Winner Young Scientist, CO DDLETB Paddy Lavelle

Evelyn Lennon, Acting Principal Skerries CC, Adam Kelly Winner Young Scientist, Paddy Lavelle CEO DDLETB

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Adam said “I’m in total shock.”

“What inspired me was all my teachers and the people who helped me along the way inspired me.

Congratulations to Adam and his teachers and principal at Skerries Community College.  He is surely the definitely of our DDLETB motto – Learn Achieve Succeed!