DIT’s Declan Allen elected President of Irish engineering association

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Former President Jim Stapleton presenting the President’s medallion to Declan Allen

15 January, 2014: Declan Allen,  Head of Transport Engineering, School of Spatial Planning and Transport Engineering, has just been inaugurated President of the Engineering & Scientific Association of Ireland, which is one of this country's most respected and oldest engineering association in Ireland.

Founded in 1903, the association has moved to a new permanent home in the Dublin Institute of Technology in Bolton Street campus. The Association’s new base will be located in the Dominick Tuite Corporate Training Suite, named after a former president of the Association the late Dominick Tuite, Head of Department Transport Engineering, until his untimely death in 1999.   

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DIT is now the custodian for the Engineering & Scientific Association of Ireland’s extensive archive including minutes of the first meeting which was held on the 13th January 1903

Speaking about his inauguration as President, Declan outlined his plans for the future for the association .  He maintained the original mission of the Association “The object of the Association is to promote the advancement of Engineering and Science generally by facilitating the Exchange of information amongst its Members” is as relevant today as it was back in 1903 when drafted by the foundering members of the Association.  Declan plans on building on the success of the regular public lecture series organised by the association and changing its format from monthly lectures to four major keynote lectures per year.  Addressing a variety of topics on the latest engineering and scientific technologies, he hopes to structure the lectures to suit engineers of all disciplines and levels.

Declan also highlighted his personal delight that the association's members had also recently chosen to make the Association’s new base in the Dublin Institute of Technology, as it will complement the Institute's ambitious programme for engineers for the 21st century.

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