• BT Young Scientist of the Year 2017

    BT Young Scientist of the Year 2017

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BT Young Scientist of the year 2017

Shane Curran (5th year) has won the BT Young Scientist of the year 2017. Terenure have a long association with the BT Young Scientist with founders Dr. Tony Scott, a past pupil and Fr. Tom Burke, a Carmelite.

Shane's project, took six months of research and then another four or five months to develop the software that drives his “qCrypt” system. He believes it is so secure it could never be broken into, even with the use of quantum computers. He got the idea after hearing about how Boston College was forced by the courts to release historical political interviews involving former IRA members. If the data had been stored in his system it would have remained secret, he said. The system can break up the original data and store pieces of it in a variety of jurisdictions, which he calls “multi-jurisdictional quorum sharding”, which prevents the data being reassembled even under court duress. He also developed a new encryption key system that is safe from attack by quantum computers, should they ever come into use. He says it is as simple to use as any file transfer product but is 40 per cent faster. 

Shane won the best individual project at the 2016 exhibition.

Congratulations Shane we are very proud.