Wednesday, 27 November 2019

The 4th workshop of the Ingenic group (Irish Network for Gender Equality at National 3rd Level Institutions for Computing) was hosted by NUIG and GMIT and took place in NUI Galway during the summer. Representatives from IT Carlow, GMIT, NUIG, IADT Dun Laoghaire, Letterkenny IT, Sligo IT, TU, Dublin Campus, Limerick IT, UCC, TCD, and Dundalk IT attended. The aim of INGENIC is to ·         Help to increase the enrolment of females on third level computing programmes ·         Improve on the experience of all students within computing programmes ·         Identify and develop supports for staff development in line with national and international recommendations for improving gender diversity and equality ·         Support collaborative approaches to address these aims.

Monday, 4 November 2019

The School of Engineering, in collaboration with Launchpad at NUI Galway and Engineers Ireland, organised a series of career talks during the recent Undergraduate Open Days on October 4th-5th, 2019. At the event, eight inspiring Engineers from different engineering disciplines, including civil, mechanical, biomedical and electronic/electrical, described their reasons for choosing engineering and showed a diversity of their career paths.

Monday, 19 August 2019

In July 2019, a group of graduates of the first class of the Youth Academy, were invited to Boston College in Massachusetts, USA, to take part in a week long leadership programme aimed at high school students. Now aged 16-18 years, the NUI Galway Youth Academy graduates were invited to apply for a place on Boston College’s Ever to Excel high school leadership programme and 10 students were offered a full scholarship place including flights, accommodation and fees.  Boston College, a Jesuit liberal arts university, brought together 183 high school students from Japan, Jamaica, Venezuala, Ireland and all across the US to experience a week long programme of mentorship, workshops, activities, keynote speakers and opportunities to explore Boston.

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

NUI Galway’s Transition Year Civil Engineering programme is held annually in April and offered to all Transition Year students across Ireland. It is designed by Dr. Indiana Olbert and delivered by NUI Galway staff in partnership with Arup Consultancy. In total, 44 students from 21 schools across Galway, Mayo, Clare, Roscommon, Longford, Westmeath, Limerick, Offaly and Donegal participated on the three-day programme. The aim of the programme is to provide a specialised, first-hand experience of the diverse and exciting opportunities an engineering career can offer. The programme showcases Structural Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Marine Renewable Energy Engineering. Activities include lectures, laboratory sessions and practical workshops including the design and construction of a prototype lollipop stick bridge, with a prize awarded for best bridge construction. The 1st prize was awarded to a group of three students from St. Enda’s College Galway, Ben O’Sullivan, Barry Murphy and James Parnell. Dr Olbert said “I want to pass on my passion for engineering to the next generation. Programmes like this enables TY students to understand what engineers do and helps them to make good career choices”.   In its fourth year, NUI Galway’s Transition Year Civil Engineering programme highlighted a significant increase in the number of female participants at 41% - almost double the number from last year. Mary Dempsey, Vice Dean for Equality Diversity and Inclusion in Engineering and Informatics said “The substantial increase in demand for engineering courses by females is a very positive indicator. Engineering is a great career for women as we bring a different perspective to the world and it is important to increase and embrace diversity in our student population. Global academic leaders such as MIT have achieved gender balance in their undergraduate engineering programmes and NUI Galway is firmly on the right trajectory to achieve a similar balance through its Athena SWAN agenda. I highly commend Dr Olbert on her diligent work in making the Transition Year engineering programme such a success. As an engineer, Dr Olbert is a wonderful role model for prospective female engineers. Interestingly, her research area is numerical and physical modelling of surface water which is very relevant to Galway, bordered by lakes, rivers, canals and sea.”

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Adeleh Mohammadi, a PhD student in Civil Engineering in NUI Galway visited Inspirefest2019 in Dublin with support from the College of Engineering & Informatics EDI team. Adeleh summarises her time there below: An event where I could meet world-wide successful entrepreneurs, trainers, young scientists, journalists, bankers and An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the same place! Inspirefest 2019 in Dublin opened my eyes about the role of technology in businesses, and how diversity and inclusion fits in this context. I learned that the best reason to start a business is "you care about a problem so much, you're willing to do whatever it takes to solve it" as Des Traynor from Intercom mentioned. I observed a powerful group of people with autism or disability conditions for whom dis-ability is out of their dictionary. I realized no matter what situation I am in, I need help from a wide-stream of people to solve the issues in the community and I am not alone. It was useful to see that Hubspot has created a CULTURE in their company around diversity and inclusion, and equity. In one sentence: "Diversity is the new norm". Adeleh prepared a short video which captures a flavour of the event.

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Anuradha Kar created a short video based on her experience in Galway as a PhD student.  Thank you Anuradha for your insights.

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

NUI Galway organised a free full-day family event ‘Engineering Our Future: Family Fun Day’, which took place on Saturday, 2 March, from 10am–4pm in the Alice Perry Engineering Building at NUI Galway.   The Family Fun Day was part of the Engineers Week 2019 which celebrated engineering across Ireland. The Family Fun Day provided plenty of science and engineering activities that inspired young (and older) people.   Attendees could engage with the ‘Ireland’s Ingenious Engineers’ show by Scientific Sue, ‘Focus on Forces’ show investigating compressive and tensile strength, or watch ‘Dream Big: Engineering Our World’ narrated by Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges.   Families could build their own wind turbine, investigate where water comes from and where it goes, explore the vast range of chemicals used in our daily lives (which typically end up going down our drain and into our environment!), interact with CoderDojo Ninjas to learn about programming, explore the GEEC: Galway Energy Efficient Car, relax at the free LEGO play area or learn about our rich engineering heritage. These and many other activities showing the world of civil, environmental, mechanical, biomedical and electronic engineering, and information technology were available on the day.   The event was sponsored by Engineers Ireland West Region, MaREI, Ryan Institute, Oran PreCast and Ward & Burke.   Below are a few photos of the day to get a flavour of the event:      

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Congratulations to NUIG's Bianca Pereira received the ITAG Digital Women Award 2019 Early Career at the Meyrick Hotel on 29/03/19. This award recognises excellence in women in technology and is conferred on an individual with over three years professional experience in the IT/Software sector. We're very proud of her fantastic achievement!

Thursday, 4 April 2019

The College of Engineering & Informatics Equality (CoEI), Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) team  held a "Thinkout" workshop on the strategic impact of CoEI EDI initiatives, facilitated by Dr. Michael Hogan and Dr. Owen Harney from the School of Psychology. Pictured are members engaged in thoughtful deliberation. 

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Two of our students , Karolina Sedyte and Marissa Britton,  were selected for the International Summer Academy in Engineering for Women ( and provided with College of Engineering and Informatics scholarships. Karolina and Marissa made these videos discussing the Academy.    

Thursday, 31 January 2019

ESB offer a special senior mentorship scheme to CoEI female students during their professional experience placement (PEP) in their third year of study. L-R Third year Computer Science student Sinead Joyce on placement with ESBI and her senior mentor, Ms. Mary O’Connor, Manager, IT Service Delivery, ESBI.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

College of Engineering & Informatics, NUI Galway, ESB Mentorship Scheme ESB offer a special senior mentorship scheme to CoEI female students during their professional experience placement (PEP) in their third year of study. /media/publicsub-sites/engineering/images/collegelevel/ESB-Mentorship.jpg L-R Third year Computer Science student Sinead Joyce on placement with ESBI and her senior mentor, Ms. Mary O’Connor, Manager, IT Service Delivery, ESBI.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

NUI Galway is hosting a one day experiential symposium,‘Innovation at Play’ We invite you to register now to secure your place. This event may be of interest to research and development teams who wish to further explore creativity through play methods. Innovation at Play Symposium Programme

Thursday, 5 October 2017

The European Commission has launched the fifth edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators to award women entrepreneurs who have achieved outstanding innovations and brought them to market. Apply by 15 November 2017 and follow us on #WIPrizeEU. For more information and how to apply please visit the EU Prize for Women Innovators webpage.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Intel Women in Technology Scholarships Encouraging a new generation of high-achieving women to take up the challenge of a career in science and technology. Intel’s success in Ireland has been built on the quality of highly skilled and educated people available in the country. Through the ‘Women in Technology’ scholarship program, Intel hopes to increase awareness and encourage a new generation of high-achieving women to take up the challenge of a career in science and technology. Intel works closely with local schools and colleges to help ensure that our educational system continues to produce the exceptional quality of graduates that has helped to make Intel in Ireland so successful. With that in mind, Intel is pleased to this year continue, and indeed grow, the Women in Technology scholarship program for females who have just embarked on third level education. Please visit Intel Women in Technology Scholarships web page for more details.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

NUI Galway engineering students of the Geec team (Galway energy-efficient car) have jumped up the international rankings in the premiere global competition for extreme fuel-efficiency in cars. The students designed, built and tested version 3 of the Geec, and drove it in competition with top European university engineering schools at Shell Eco-marathon Europe in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, from 21st to 28th May. This is a race for efficiency, not speed, where the winner is the car that completes the course using the least amount of fuel or energy. NUI Galway was taking part for the third time, and remains the only Irish competitor. This year’s track consisted of 10 laps over 15.7 km, including a steep climb which previously caused trouble for many of the ultralight low-powered cars. This time, the Geec displayed total reliability and the team progressed quickly, surpassing last year’s score of 236 kilometres per kilowatt-hour (km/kWh) on the second run. After a judicious change of motor and gears, and some late-night re-engineering for weight reduction, the team hoped to make a leap in performance. “The last few hours before our final runs were our make-or-break point,” said Dylan Ryan, a fourth-year student from Tipperary, and one of the design team leaders. “We knew what score we could theoretically achieve, so it was a matter of whether we wanted to take a risk and start chopping weight out of the car, or use those last few hours to tune and optimise the car. We chose to optimise.” However, the next two runs were hampered by incidents with other cars manoeuvring for track position. There was no damage or injury, and the race director ruled in both cases that the Geec’s driver had acted correctly. Data from the car’s electronics on those runs suggested that the car was performing as well as the team predicted. On the fifth attempt, 10 trouble-free laps were completed with a record energy score of 354 km/kWh. This placed the team in a final 13th place of 41 competitors in the battery-electric prototype category, a jump from 21st place in 2016. The car’s performance is equivalent to approximately 10,500 miles per gallon of diesel. In just three years, successive Geec teams have progressed from newcomer status to the upper tiers of the competition, where they now aim to compete amongst the most advanced ultra-efficient prototype cars in the world. Dr. Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway, commented “The Geec project is clearly a great learning experience for the students involved, and a great opportunity to showcase internationally the University, and particularly the quality of the work underway in the College of Engineering and Informatics.” Professor Peter McHugh, Dean of Engineering and Informatics, added “The Geec is one of the shining lights of success in the College of Engineering and Informatics, representing wonderful collaboration between students and staff and across the engineering disciplines.” The team consists of 20 students in Mechanical, Electrical and Electronic, Electronic and Computer, and Energy Systems engineering, from first to fourth year, mentored by lecturers Drs. Maeve Duffy, Rory Monaghan, Nathan Quinlan and Martin Glavin. “The Geec is one of the most challenging but rewarding projects I've done,” said Niamh Keogh from Oughterard, Co. Galway, who is one of the two drivers, and also works on analysis and design. “Nothing compared to the thrill of getting to race the car after we put so much time and work into designing, building and perfecting it.” The Geec has been generously sponsored in 2016/17 by the Tony Ryan Trust through the Galway University Foundation, Shell E&P Ireland, Blackstone Launchpad, ÉireComposites, CADFEM UK & Ireland, ANSYS, Molex, GE, Tool Trays, David Nestor Freight Services, Enform Plastics, MathWorks, and IPG Automotive. To find out more about the Geec, visit or follow @theGeec on Twitter. Laura Drudy, a second-year engineering student from Charlestown, Co. Mayo, ready to race as the top is lowered onto the car. The Geec in action in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

The NUIG Civil Engineering Transition Year programme was held on 25-27th April 2017 in the College of Engineering and Informatics. The goal of this programme was to give a number of students who are interested in Civil Engineering a very specialised, first-hand experience of the diverse and exciting opportunities this career has to offer. Forty students from 19 schools across county Galway, Mayo, Clare, Roscommon and Leitrim took part in the event. The three day programme was broken up into specially-designed modules which showcased different aspects of the discipline including: Structural and Bridge Engineering Marine and Renewable Energy Engineering Thermal Energy Engineering Geotechnics and Ground Engineering Water and Water Conservation Engineering Hydraulics Project Management Activities included informative lectures, laboratory sessions and practical workshops including design and construction of a prototype lollipop stick bridge, with a prize awarded for best bridge construction. The student feedback was extremely positive and vast majority of students found it inspiring, enjoyable and providing a great learning experience. The programme was organized by Dr. Indiana Olbert and delivered by the staff in Civil Engineering Department and Arup Consultancy. Transition Year students construct lollipop stick bridges - in first raw from left Mary, Luke, Joey , Richard, Creighton, Darren and Robyn Michaela (Ballinamore Community School, Co. Leitrim) and Chris (Holy Rosary College, Mountbellew, Co. Galway) get ready to test their bridge

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

The first CoEI Athena SWAN focus groups for female researchers and academics will take place on: March 29th, 2017 (researchers) and April 5th, 2017 (academics). The focus groups will help understanding what additional supports are necessary to transition to academic posts, and how maternity and parental leaves (and other childcare responsibilities) impact women's careers.

Friday, 24 March 2017

On behalf of the staff in , National University of Ireland, Galway, we are pleased to welcome you to our first Civil Engineering Transition Year Programme. The goal of the programme is to give students who are interested in Civil Engineering first-hand experience of the diverse and exciting opportunities this career has to offer. The week long programme will involve a wide range of activities including informative lectures, laboratory sessions, and practical workshops including design and construction of a prototype bridge, with a prize awarded for best bridge construction. The programme itself will run from Tuesday 25th until Thursday 27th April 2017 in the Alice Perry Engineering Building, NUI Galway (see attached map). Sessions will begin each day at 9:30am and finish at 3:45pm.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Full STE(A)M Ahead – Engineering for all: engineering talent and diversity for a better society , 6th March 2017 To coincide with Engineers Week, the CoEI at NUI Galway organised an exhibition featuring exciting undergraduate research projects, and the round table discussion “Full STE(A)M Ahead – Engineering for All!” to highlight different career choices available in engineering and informatics. During the discussion, students, researchers and professionals could hear from engineers from the worlds of software engineering, healthcare, mechanical engineering and more. The panellists included: Mr. Mark Butler, Executive VP, European Operations Merit Medical Systems Inc. Prof. Lisa Looney - Dean of Graduate Studies, DCU Ms. Caroline Spillane - Director General, Engineers Ireland Prof. Ita Richardson - Funded Investigator within Lero, Irish Software Engineering Research Centre Dr. Ellen Roche - Postdoctoral Researcher, NUI Galway ‘It’s all done with mirrors’ Dr. Ken Farquhar’s show, 8th March 2017 In collaboration with Engineers Ireland, the CoEI organised three engineering-magic shows for primary school students. Dr. Ken blended spectacular magic tricks, illusions and stunts with extraordinary science and engineering. Trapped doors, mirrors, or camera effects? Everyone could have their own theory. Whatever could be discovered and more might have been revealed! Quirky stunts and illusions were performed, science discovered, and engineering explored. Energy Night, 8th March 2017 Minister of Natural Resources, Seán Kyne T.D., participated in a high-profile panel discussion in the CoEI at NUI Galway that explored Ireland’s response to the Paris Climate Accord. The discussion was part of NUI Galway’s Energy Night, the seventh instalment of Ireland’s first and largest student-run energy event. The event, which was organised by the University’s student-run Energy Society, began with a ‘Careers in Energy’ seminar for students. Speakers from Accenture, ESB, Medtronic, and the Coffey Group delivered presentations on their current projects and employment opportunities in Galway, Ireland and beyond. A poster display showcased the wide array of cutting edge energy research currently underway at NUI Galway. This year for the first time, the showcase included winners of an energy poster competition for Galway secondary schools. The theme of the panel discussion was Achieving the Paris Agreement; the framework agreed upon by the international community to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting the global temperature rise to below 2°C relative to pre-industrial levels. In addition to Minister Kyne, panellists included Dr. Trevor Donnellan, Principal Research Officer with Teagasc and Mr. Denis O’Sullivan, Head of Commercial at Gas Networks Ireland. The moderator for the event was Dr. Diarmuid Torney, Lecturer in International Relations, Dublin City University, and author of European Climate Leadership in Question: Policies toward China and India. The discussion aimed to reconcile emissions reductions targets with projections for growth in the Irish economy in general, and in agriculture specifically.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Alice Perry (1885-1969) was the first woman in Ireland or the UK to earn a degree in Engineering A ceremony to mark the official naming of the Alice Perry Engineering Building will take place at NUI Galway on Monday, 6 March 2017. Alice Perry, a graduate of the then Queen’s College Galway, was the first woman in Ireland or the UK to earn a degree in engineering in 1906. As part of the naming ceremony Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland will give an address on the theme of diversity in engineering. The naming of the building is the culmination of a series of activities focusing on equality and diversity in Engineering at NUI Galway’s award-winning Engineering building.  The events include a public exhibition featuring exciting research projects underway at NUI Galway and a Roundtable Symposium: Full STE(A)M Ahead - Engineering for all: supporting engineering talent and diversity for a better society to be chaired by TV and radio broadcaster Jonathan McCrea. Another important element of the event is the launch of the Máire Brazil Scholarship. This scholarship will encourage and support talented female students to develop careers in Engineering.  It has been established by distinguished engineering alumna of NUI Galway Áine Brazil through Galway University Foundation. The events form part of the Engineers Week programme of events (4-10 March) celebrating engineering in Ireland and Women’s History Month.    Professor Anne Scott, Vice President for Equality and Diversity at NUI Galway said in advance of the ceremony: “We are delighted to collaborate with Engineers Ireland on this important event during Engineers Week. This week in NUI Galway is also being celebrated as International Women’s Week. We are enormously proud of Alice Perry and what her life’s work symbolises. Decisions on career paths are shaped by the world around us.  Having a visible tribute to the achievements of trailblazers like Alice Perry on campus can serve to both recognise an individual legacy and also to inspire the next generation when they make their own career decisions.” Professor Peter McHugh, Dean of Engineering & Informatics at NUI Galway commented: “This is a fantastic development for Engineering at NUI Galway and a clear demonstration of our commitment to equality of opportunity, education and career development. It is most appropriate that we should name the Engineering Building for one of our most notable and pioneering alumni, with Alice Perry being the first female engineering graduate in the UK and Ireland. I believe that this an extremely positive and progressive decision by the University, and it should serve as an inspiration to all students as to the wonderfully rich and diverse career opportunities open to both men and women in the engineering domain.” Alice Perry will feature in the Path-Breaking Women of NUI Galway exhibition, which will take place on campus in March 2017. For further details see: ENDS