2019 Innovative Student Engineer of the Year

2019 Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Award

Sponsored by Siemens

  • Do you have an innovative engineering idea that you want to take to the next level?
  • Are you interested in showcasing that idea to professional engineers, industry leaders and entrepreneurs?
  • Would you like the opportunity to share in a prize of €2,000?

If so then you could be our next Innovative Student Engineer of the Year!

2018 Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Winner:


CIT’s Kevin Hayes, Muireann Hickey, Cian O'Leary and Jonathan Mullane won the 2018 Siemens ‘Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Award’ for their mobility device, StrydeTech, a life-changing mobility enablement device which provides independence and confidence to those who are unable to stand up on their own. The winning team are pictured above with category sponsor Michael O'Connor, Communications Manager at Siemens.

How to apply

This year there are two categories you can enter:

  1. General Engineering – you and/or your team are all from the same engineering discipline
  2. Cross discipline – your team has members from at least 2 different engineering disciplines and/or 1 other non-engineering disciplines (e.g. business/marketing qualification).

There are 3 stages to the application.

1. Project summary

  • Submit your project summary to Engineers Ireland via email
  • The project must be submitted in the format of a PowerPoint presentation (no more than 10 slides) or a 3 min video.
  • Judges will assess all valid entries and announce the shortlist

*Send your project summary to innovativestudent@engineersireland.ie

All entries will receive a special Engineers Ireland pack, including an Engineers Ireland hat and notebook.

2. Full report

If you're shortlisted, you must then submit a 500-word report on your project under the following criteria:

  • Technical – outline the engineering principles underpinning the project
  • Design – describe the design process and the key features and elements of the project
  • Innovation – describe how this project compares with existing knowledge, research, designs and/or products
  • Commercial viability – outline the route to market and where applicable please refer to your business plan, financing, manufacture, distribution, marketing and sales strategy
  • Technology - digitalisation / new business models / AI / sensors / cloud etc.

3. Presentation

Shortlisted candidates will present their projects to and be interviewed by a panel of industry experts including previous winners at an event in Dublin on 24th October.


Important dates for your diary 2019

Launch of 2019 Competition Applications

Monday, 15 July

Project summary submission deadline

Thursday, 26 September

Shortlisted Finalists notified

Tuesday, 1 October

Deadline for full report

Friday, 11 October

Finalist Presentations 

Thursday, 24 October

Excellence Awards ceremony

Friday, 15 November