Engineers Ireland to celebrate talent

Published 23/08/2014 | 00:00

ESB Chief Executive, Pat O’Doherty, chartered engineer; John Power, chartered engineer, director general, Engineers Ireland and Dr Niamh Shaw at the launch of the fifth annual Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards, in association with the ESB

ENGINEERS Ireland is calling for submissions from engineers and engineering organisations in Fingal to enter the fifth annual Excellence Awards, in association with ESB.

These awards recognise key projects, innovations and talent in Irish engineering today. Organisations, local authorities and engineers can enter at until September 5.

This year sees the introduction of a new category titled 'Local Authority Engineering Initiative' award.

The professional body for engineering in Ireland is seeking entries from the local government on an engineering-led project which has been introduced in the past 24 months and contributes economically, socially or both to the community in Fingal.

One of the most competitive awards in the competition is that of the Engineering Project of the Year.

The hotly-contested award is intended to highlight the particular influence or benefit a specific engineering project has on society, in addition to recognising exceptional engineering skills. Previous winners of the acclaimed prize, voted for by the public, include the East West Interconnector, a hugely significant engineering project that spanned electrical, mechanical, environmental and other disciplines of engineering, and the Samuel Beckett Bridge, which was a major civil engineering and logistical achievement.

Other categories open for submissions include the Technological Innovation award, International Engineer of the Year award and the Engineering Education award.

John Power, Chartered Engineer, Director General at Engineers Ireland, said the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards showcase the value, both economically and socially, that engineers create for Ireland.

'It never ceases to amaze me how the ingenuity of engineers and impact of engineering manifests itself around the country every day, in so many ways, for the good of society,' he said.

Mr Power added: 'We are seeing definite signs of recovery in industry, most notably through increased jobs announcements and projects in development. In the last three years over 17,500 jobs have been announced by technology companies.

'Given the phenomenal growth in this space we are looking forward to receiving outstanding, innovative entries from organisations and engineers in this sector.'

Chief Executive of ESB, Pat O'Doherty, Chartered Engineer said: 'As one of the largest employers of engineers in Ireland we are dedicated to investing in engineering expertise and developing critical skills to support Ireland's future growth and development.

This year, Dr Niamh Shaw, an engineer, scientist, performer, columnist and budding astronaut, will host the awards.

Voting will open in October and the winners will be announced, on November 7. For more information, visit

Fingal Independent

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