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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 facebook.com/theGeec.ie 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: www.nuigalway.ie/pathbreakingwomen. ENDS