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From flood relief schemes to parklands, castle conservations and an airport control tower, Engineers Ireland, the professional membership body for engineers in Ireland, today revealed the 32 engineering projects shortlisted for the 2019 Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards, held in association with ESB.

The awards, founded in 2010, are presented annually in recognition of the achievements of engineers that have demonstrated exceptional engineering skills. As well as identifying leaders within the engineering sector, the awards provide an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the invaluable contribution the engineering profession makes to society.

Cork engineering initiatives have led the shortlist in the Local Authority Engineering Initiative Award category, sponsored by Colas Bitumen Emulsions, with three of five shortlisted projects based in the city and county. Five initiatives that aim to inspire and develop Ireland’s future engineering talent at third-level have also been shortlisted for the Engineering Education Award, sponsored by Accenture.

Additionally, the shortlisted projects for the newly introduced Sustainability Award, sponsored by Irish Water, the Heritage and Conservation Award, sponsored by the OPW, the Geoscience Ireland Award, sponsored by Geoscience Ireland and the Best Presentation Award, sponsored by Beale & Co and Griffiths & Armour were also announced by Engineers Ireland today, full details of which can be found here.

As part of the shortlist announcement, members of the public are encouraged to vote online for what they consider to be the best overall national Engineering Project of the Year before the midnight deadline of Friday, 8 November. This award is one of the most hotly contested categories with the winner decided by a voting process involving an online public vote and a panel of expert judges.

Shortlisted in the Engineering Project of the Year Award category, sponsored by Transport Infrastructure Ireland, are:

  • IAA Visual Control Tower, Dublin Airport by Arup
  • Cruiserath Biologics by Bristol Myers Squibb
  • East Tip Haulbowline Island Remediation Project by Cork County Council, RPS, PJ Hegarty & Sons and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
  • Dublin Port Ro-Ro Jetty by Keating
  • Ocean Pier Berth 31-34 by Keating
  • Center Parcs Longford Forest by ORS

To cast your vote for the national Engineering Project of the Year, please click here.

Commenting on the shortlist announcement, Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland, said: “The shortlisted projects for the Engineering Project of the Year Award, and indeed for the each of the shortlisted projects announced today are a testament to the reputation and talent of engineers.

“The initiatives shortlisted further showcase the many creative and ingenious solutions engineers implement for communities in Ireland and overseas.  We look forward to showcasing the work of talented engineers at our Excellence Awards ceremony on 15 November and celebrating leaders in the field”, Ms Spillane concluded.

Pat O’Doherty, ESB Chief Executive, said: “The quality of projects shortlisted epitomise engineering excellence and remind us of the impact that the engineering profession has on the daily lives of families and communities across Ireland.

“Engineers make an incredibly valuable contribution to society and play a critical role in addressing some of society’s biggest challenges, from providing renewable energy to delivering smart, sustainable infrastructure and protecting our water supplies. It is important therefore that we work collectively to inspire young people to consider engineering as a career choice so that we can build the skills necessary to meet the long-term needs of our society.”

The black-tie Excellence Awards ceremony will take place on Friday, 15 November, where a number of additional category awards will be presented on the evening, including:

  • the ESB Outstanding Contribution to Engineering Award;
  • the ESB International Engineer of the Year Award;
  • the Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by Siemens;
  • the Chartered Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by Arup;
  • the CPD Employer of the Year Award, sponsored by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland;
  • and the President’s Award, sponsored by CRH.

For further information on the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards and to view the shortlist in detail, please visit: www.engineersireland.ie/awards/excellence-awards.aspx

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University College Dublin (UCD) today announced that the UCD School of Medicine, UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science and UCD College of Engineering and Architecture (made up of a further six Schools), have received Athena SWAN Bronze awards for their commitment to gender equality.

Pictured (l-r) at UCD are; Licia Carlesi, Senior Executive Assistant, UCD Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Unit; Assoc. Prof. Donal Finn, UCD College of Engineering and Architecture; Assist. Prof. Simone Ciuti and Assist. Prof. Antoinette Perry, UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science; Prof. Orla Feely, UCD Vice-President, Research, Innovation, and Impact; Marcellina Fogarty, Manager, UCD EDI Unit; Eimear O’Reilly, Project Officer, UCD EDI Unit; Assoc. Prof. Marguerite Clyne, UCD School of Medicine and Rory Carey, Director Culture and Engagement, UCD.

These awards were made on the basis of a gender equality action plan that describes how the Schools involved will drive gender equality for their faculty, staff, and students.

Together with four previous UCD Schools that achieved Athena SWAN awards in Spring 2019, twelve (12) UCD Schools have now achieved Athena SWAN recognition and are delivering on their ambitious gender equality action plans. These Schools encompass some 1350 faculty and staff and almost 10,000 students.

“I am delighted to congratulate the Schools that have achieved this success on the basis of their commitment to delivering gender equality, encouraging greater female participation in STEM and ultimately making UCD a more inclusive place to work and study for everyone,” said Professor Orla Feely, UCD Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact and Chair of UCD’s Gender Equality Action Group.

Building on UCD’s institutional Athena SWAN Bronze Award, these awards mark the second round of UCD Schools that have embarked on a data-driven audit and a School-wide consultation of gender equality and inclusion among employees and students.

As a result of the audits, the Schools involved have begun to implement ambitious four-year gender equality strategies to ensure gender equality as part of UCD’s goal of being an employer and university of choice.

Examples of steps these Schools are taking to create an inclusive culture include:

• A minimum of 40% representation of women on interview boards and committees
• Gender-proofing workload distribution models to ensure work is transparently and equitably allocated
• Developing female talent via the Aurora mentorship programme
• Outreach to secondary schools to increase participation of the underrepresented gender in their subject.

Professor Feely added, “Diversity is one of the core values in UCD’s strategy, and one of our strategic objectives is the attraction and retention of an excellent and diverse cohort of students, faculty and staff. The Athena SWAN process is central to our ability to deliver on this objective and deliver on UCD’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.”

A further nine Schools and one College in UCD are progressing further Athena SWAN applications.

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