Dublin Institute of Technology Honours Engineering Graduates

Pictured on Saturday in St Patrick's Cathedral at Dublin Institute of Technology's Faculty of Engineering graduation ceremony are Michelle Fitzpatrick and Siobhan Groark (BSc in Product Design)

The ceremony was the last of DIT's 2007 graduation ceremonies which have seen almost 4,000 students graduate from higher certificate, degree, Masters and PhD programmes across the Institute's six faculties; Applied Arts, Built Environment, Business, Engineering, Science and Tourism and Food.

At the ceremony DIT conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy, honoris causa, on Mr Patrick Quinn, in recognition of his contribution to the engineering profession. A native Dublin and graduate of DIT, Mr Quinn emmigrated to Canada where he became of the country's most prominent engineers, co-founding the consultancy Quinn Dressel Associates. The firm built a strong business profile not only in Canada but also internationally, acting as structural consultants on a number of landmark projects.   The list includes such prestigious and recognisable buildings as the CBC Broadcast Centre in Toronto, the Elf Aquitaine headquarters in Paris and the Shanghai Stock Exchange. Driven by real commitment, and a belief that engineers can bring enormous value to public life and to shaping public policy, he was elected twice to the prestigious office of President of Professional Engineers Ontario.

Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT said: 'I am delighted to welcome Patrick Quinn back to his alma mater and we are proud to acknowledge him as a role model for our graduates here today who are starting out on their own careers.  Dublin Institute of Technology is privileged to award him this Doctorate of Philosophy, honoris cause, in outstanding achievements not only as an engineer and on behalf of the engineering profession, but also for his contribution to society.'

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