Enormous Opportunity for Engineers to Prove Value Says Engineers President

Enormous Opportunity for Engineers to Prove Value Says Engineers President

26 April 2012 at 15:42

Engineers have an enormous opportunity in economically stagnated economies to prove their value as innovators and creators, according to the President of Engineers Ireland, PJ Rudden.

Speaking on the first day of the 2012 Engineers Ireland Annual Conference at the Europa Hotel in Belfast, he said the economies North and South will have to shift more to creativity and innovation to drive economic growth and competitiveness. “Being innovative requires economies to do things that have simply not been done before.  Keeping doing the same things won’t work.  To succeed economies have to be creative and to innovate to remain competitive technically and financially.  In industrialised society people expect originality, ingenuity and novelty from new or improved products and services.  This presents the engineer with a challenge and even an opportunity to prove the added value of creativity and innovation.” 

Rudden also said that creativity and innovation had politically transformed Northern Ireland, heralding a new era of development and progress across the region.

“The Titanic Building is iconic in architectural and engineering terms.  It represents the heritage of the past and our hopes and dreams for the future of a Northern Ireland where thankfully only the bread and butter issues of democracy now matter. What we have now in Belfast is the meeting of political creativity and innovation engineered by the craftsmen of peace on both sides of the former divide.  We in Engineers Ireland salute the transformation since our last annual conference here in 2003 and, as an Ulsterman, I am proud to be with you in Belfast today to be part of the Titanic story centenary.”

Entitled Engineering Enterprise in Times of Change’, the first day of the 2012 Engineers Ireland Annual Conference took place at the Europa Hotel, Belfast.  The day featured contributions from CERN engineer Dr Stephen Myers, Engineers Ireland President PJ Rudden, Liam Nellis from InterTrade Ireland, John Barry from Bord Gáis Networks, Bob Hanna from the ROI’s Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and Jeremy Fitch from Invest NI.

The second day of the conference on Friday, April 27 will feature parallel discussion sessions focused on offshore energy and engineering innovation in Irish manufacturing.  Speakers at the ‘Offshore 2050’ session will include Peter Quinn from PG Quinn Ltd, Dr Paul Brewster from Pure Marine, Dermot Byrne from EirGrid, Eddie O’Connor from Mainstream Renewable Power, Robert Sherman from MMI Engineering Ltd, Richard Moorman from Tamboran, NI Utility Regulator Tanya Wishart, Cathal Gallagher from Bord Gáis Energy, Louis Wildenboer from Gaelectric and James Cox from Poyry Management Consulting.

The ‘Manufacturing: a leading light in Irish engineering’ session will  hear from Declan Lyons, Enterprise Ireland, William Egenton, Dromone Engineering Ltd, Colin Elliott, Bombardier Aerospace Belfast, Alistair MacCorkell, Moorings Mediquip Group, Alan Henning, B/E Aerospace (UK) and Philip Gilliland, Caldwell and Robinson.