DIT Student named runner-up at Engineers Ireland Innovative Student Awards

10th June 2014:  Niall O’Murchú from the Dublin Road inCarlow, a student atDublin Institute of Technology (DIT), has been named as a runner-up in the Engineers Ireland Level 8 Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Awards 2014 sponsored by Siemens. 

The mechanical engineering student was shortlisted for the entry titled ‘Design and Build of an Electromechanical Suspension Test Rig’. Active suspension is an area where many automotive companies have put a lot of research and this type of technology aims to improve the handling of the vehicle under different driving and vehicle loading conditions so as to improve the comfort of the occupants and the vehicles’ performance. While there are many adjustable suspension systems available on the market, very few offer adjustable spring stiffness along with adjustable damping.

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John Power, chartered engineer, director general of Engineers Ireland said, “Engineering is not only at the heart of our day-to-day lives but it is clear to see from the diverse range of projects entered this year that engineers play a vital role in many existing and developing industries in Ireland - from agriculture and automotive to technology and biomedical. Of the numerous job announcements over the past 12 months, many of these have been engineering opportunities. There continues to be real career options and demand for engineers of all backgrounds in Ireland. While there is an increase in the number of students opting for engineering at third level we still need more students choosing from the wide variety of engineering courses available to fulfil the employment needs of industry now and in the future.”

He continued, “I wish to congratulate all entrants, in particular the finalists, who are an example of the ingenuity and talent that exists in Ireland today.”

Aiden Cawley of Siemens said the 2014 entries again showed students’ ability to develop innovative solutions to challenges faced by industry and people in everyday society. “Congratulations to all the finalists who have been shortlisted, they are an inspiring group of students. The Innovative Student of the Year Award requires students to think creatively and develop new and improved devices, techniques and procedures. From health projects that explore improvements in breast cancer screening and transporting organs to war torn locations to innovations in farming equipment and the brewing process, this year’s entries exemplify original thinking, practical solutions and excellent technical competence.”

Run by Engineers Ireland and sponsored by Siemens the ‘Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Awards’ aims to promote and showcase excellence in engineering degrees across Ireland.  Final year students of Level 8 and Level 7 engineering degree programmes, accredited by Engineers Ireland, are eligible to enter and the competition is judged on the merit of final year projects. The winners receive an Engineers Ireland Excellence Award trophy, the title of 2014 Innovative Student of the Year, as well as €1,500 prize money.

The Engineers Ireland Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Award presentations took place in Engineers Ireland HQ, Clyde Road, Dublin 4 on Friday 6th June.  For further information about Engineers Ireland and the Engineers Ireland Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Awards log onto www.engineersireland.ie.

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