DIT confers Honorary Doctorates on World-Class Engineers

Dr. Craig Barrett, CEO of the Intel Corporation, was one of three world-class engineers who were conferred with Honorary Doctorates by the Dublin Institute of Technology at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin on Saturday 4h December. The conferring took place at the Graduation Ceremonies for the Faculty of Engineering, marking the final celebration of 50 years of professional engineering education in DIT.

President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton, CEO of the Intel Corporation, Dr. Craig Barrett, Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment, Mr. Micheál Martin and the Chair of Governing Body, Mr. Seán Dorgan.

Dr. Craig Barrett, CEO of the Intel Corporation was conferred with a Doctorate of Philosophy honoris causa at a ceremony at 11 am. At the afternoon ceremony two Irish engineers of world standing were also conferred with honorary doctorates - Professor Annraoi de Paor, who is Professor of Electrical Engineering at UCD and who founded the Rehabilitation Engineering Laboratory at the National Rehabilitation Hospital, Dún Laoghaire; and Professor Neville Hogan, who is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Professor of Brain and Cognitive Science at MIT. The first person in the world to hold these two full professorships simultaneously, Professor Hogan works in the field of Human Performance Enhancement Technologies and Biomechanics & Neural Control of Movement.

The three guests of honour joined the Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment, Mr. Micheál Martin, the Chair of Governing Body, Mr. Seán Dorgan, and the President, Professor Brian Norton at lunch  prepared and presented by colleagues from DIT's School of Culinary Arts.

For Professor Neville Hogan the event was a homecoming. A graduate of DIT, he received his primary degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1970. He has been a faculty member in MIT since 1977 but has kept contact with his alma mater, and acts as extern examiner.

Professor Neville Hogan, Professor Brian Norton and Professor Annraoi de Paor

Professor Annraoi de Paor also has close links with DIT, as extern examiner and in other capacities. His was a double celebration on Saturday as Dr. James Condron, who graduated with a PhD on Saturday was co-supervised by Professor de Paor and by Dr. Eugene Coyle.

The ceremonies marked the end of graduations for the class of 2004 across all faculties

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