New President Outlines his Vision for his Presidential Year

New President Outlines his Vision for his Presidential Year

26 September 2013 at 00:00

In his Presidential Address, Dr. John O’Dea, Chartered Engineer, President of Engineers Ireland spoke about exciting developments in the medical devices sector and outlined his vision for his Presidential year.  

An item high on the agenda this year is the sustained commitment to continuous professional development (CPD) in light of the decision to introduce mandatory CPD to maintain the Chartered Engineer professional title from 2017.

The President recognised that the standard for registration as a Chartered Engineer has risen and that much work is underway in promoting the title amongst organisations that issue contracts and employ engineering professionals. Dr. O’Dea vowed to support continuous endeavours in this area.

As a professional body representing engineers across the country, the newly inaugurated President of Engineers Ireland said he will focus on the feedback generated by the review carried out on the regional branches, engineering divisions and societies, earlier this year.

In addition, he will make a greater effort to build stronger international relationships and re-engage with members who are working overseas. Already in motion, this agenda item will see the President travel to Washington in November to sign an Agreement of Cooperation between Engineers Ireland and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Speaking at his address Dr. John O’Dea, Chartered Engineer, President of Engineers Ireland said, “A key focus of my year in office will be to give a greater degree of visibility to the issues facing the medical device industry both in Ireland and across the world, the role that engineers play each day in this industry and to highlight how newly engineered technologies are changing the way medicine will be practiced.”

He continued, “As an industry, we must not become complacent in regards the shifting sands, particularly as it relates to cost containment. We also need to be vigilant to the opportunities that the next generation of devices will present in terms of manufacturing job creation.”

In his speech, Dr. O’Dea also praised Engineers Ireland for the work being carried out by the STEPS team in promoting engineering as career to second level students. He also commended the ongoing engagement with third level students and institutions in building relationships with future engineers.

The Presidential Address by Dr. John O’Dea, Chartered Engineer, President of Engineers Ireland can be viewed here on


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Editor’s Note:

Engineers Ireland is one of the largest representative bodies on the island of Ireland, with over 23,000 engineers. The membership incorporates all disciplines of the engineering profession in Ireland across industry, the public service, semi-state organisations and academic institutions.