Excellence Awards Spotlight: Engineering Education Award

Excellence Awards Spotlight: Engineering Education Award

15 October 2019 at 11:00

Each day this week, Engineers Ireland will spotlight  the engineering projects, organisations, third level institutes and engineering leaders shortlisted for the 10th annual Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards, held in association with ESB.

Today, we profile the engineering organisations and third level institutions shortlisted for the Engineering Education Award, sponsored by Accenture.  This award recognises innovation and excellence in Irish engineering education and will be presented to the school of engineering, institution or organisation that has positively impacted student learning coupled with an actual or planned contribution to the economy.

Congratulating those shortlisted, Hilary O’Meara, Managing Director, Resources, Accenture in Ireland commented: “Huge congratulations to all the institutions and organisations shortlisted for the Engineering Education Award. Investing in Ireland’s future engineering talent not only offers a more rewarding student experience but equips students for the future workforce. Innovation-led programmes, such as these, are critical to ensuring Ireland remains attractive for business and society as a whole. I am delighted to see academia and engineering organisations collaborating with third level institutions to take a leading role in achieving this.”

Read more about the shortlisted initiatives, third level institutions and organisations:

Where There is No Engineer – Designing for Community Resilience by Engineers Without Borders Ireland

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“Where There Is No Engineer – Designing for Community Resilience” is a collaboration between Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Ireland and the Development Technology in the Community (DTC) Research Group within TU Dublin which brings the world into the classroom to re-imagine the way we teach engineering.

Each year we develop a set of design briefs with our development partners around the world based on real life challenges faced by communities within a specific country. Students are challenged to innovate and develop culturally and environmentally appropriate solutions and products. Teams participate in interactive workshops to design, build and test their concepts with the best innovations showcased at the National Final where the winning team is sponsored by Davies Ltd. to travel to the selected country to work with the community. The EWB Innovation Academy supports other teams to develop their concepts further.

The initiative is supported by a range of flexible learning resources which empower lecturers to challenge the next generation of engineers to be problem solvers and innovators and to contribute in a practical way towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Inspiring Collaboration to Create and Develop Engineering Talent by Limerick for Engineering

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Limerick for Engineering (LFE) is an industry led consortium of more than 40 manufacturing, construction and service companies, both multinational and indigenous.  The consortium is a collaboration with education and training providers, with a single shared ambition – to increase the quality and quantity of engineering talent, at every level, in the Midwest region.

The consortium is committed to sustaining growth for the engineering and manufacturing industry and to sharing expertise and resources to ensure that graduate skills are relevant to career opportunities locally. 

The word that exemplifies Limerick for Engineering is ‘Collaboration’.  It is the people who have embraced the shared ambition and values that differentiate Limerick for Engineering and driven its success.

Limerick for Engineering has increased highly relevant lifelong learning and upskilling opportunities for those in employment through its ‘Talent’ subcommittee.

The talent pipeline is primed through the annual LFE Showcase event.  Each participating company hosts an interactive stand where young engineers inform the second level students what it would be like to work as an apprentice, technician or engineer in their company. 

Certificate in Building Control Management by the National Building Control Office, Institute of Technology Carlow and Local Authority Services National Training Group 

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Institute of Technology Carlow, in partnership with the National Building Control Office (NBCO), launched a new certificate course in Building Control Management to facilitate proper training in compliance and regulation management within Ireland’s €20billion construction industry. 

Coordinated and delivered by the Institute’s Extended Campus Department, the Certificate in Building Control Management will commence mid-October and be delivered in the Local Authorities five Regional Training Centres located in Cork, Dublin, Mayo, Donegal and Tipperary. The programme will run over one year and be recognised as the minimum standard in Building Control. Modules include: Built Environment Legislation; Administrative Functions; Building Control Management System; Building Regulations; Inspection Procedures and Policy; Enforcement - Legal with Case Studies and Compliance Support.  The lack of formal training and qualifications for those involved in all aspects of construction of buildings was recognised as being a major contributory factor in Ireland’s defective buildings; a legacy of the “Celtic Tiger”.  A dynamic economy needs a well-trained and well-regulated construction industry, delivering good quality buildings which are fit for purpose. This Level 7 Certificate is open to all in the construction sector and will bridge the gap between the builders/designers and regulators to ensure that all stakeholders understand their respective roles.    

 EDGE Programme by CONNECT Centre at Trinity College Dublin

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EDGE is the prestigious EU-funded training and development programme for ICT engineers led by the CONNECT Centre at Trinity College Dublin, in partnership with two other SFI research centres, AMBER and ADAPT. EDGE’s goal is to form the next generation of thought leaders in ICT engineering. 

Since launching in 2017, EDGE has attracted 45 top class researchers to Ireland from 17 countries. EDGE Fellows are world leading researchers, recruited through competitive peer review of a research proposal. EDGE places these researchers in three cutting-edge areas of vital importance to the Irish economy: Future Networks and Communications; Digital Content & Media Technologies; and Advanced Materials and Bioengineering. 

EDGE has made a significant contribution to engineering human capital in Ireland by providing these engineers – already highly accomplished in their academic fields – with opportunities for interdisciplinary and industry-focussed research, as well as training in essential transferable skills such as leadership development, the cultivation of creative thinking, and a strong focus on female empowerment in engineering. 

EDGE Fellows have taken up positions in companies such as Accenture, as well as academic posts internationally.

EDGE has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie grant agreement No. 713567.

Inspiring Future Civil Engineers by the School of Civil Engineering, University College Dublin

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There has been a concerted effort in the School of Civil Engineering at University College Dublin to promote the inspirational career of a civil engineer. Within the School, we have developed four approaches to inspiring students to choose civil engineering as a career, namely: (1) novel outreach practices to diverse/under-represented groups, (2) educational excellence in European funded projects on critical thinking and also introduction of a new module aimed at attracting students and bringing internationally recognised pedagogy into the classroom, (3) explicit promotion of gender diversity to attract more females into civil engineering, and (4) international education initiatives such as our dual degree programme with Chang’an University, China and our dual Masters programme with Colombia University,, USA. Through these initiatives, our students are exposed to international best practice education developed in European funded projects and gender diversity of our student community will be improved through implementation of our College’s successful Athena Swan Bronze award. Our dual degree programme and dual masters are the first of their kind in the country. The impact of all these initiatives has already increased intake into civil engineering. (Picture credits: http://www.ucd.ie/civileng)

The Engineering Education Award is one of 13 award categories which will be presented at the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards on Friday, 15 November. 

To view each shortlisted category in detail and to vote for the Engineering Project of the Year Award, visit: http://www.engineersireland.ie/Awards.aspx