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Wicklow student chosen for Intel’s women in technology programme


Elena Ó Céidigh Hayes.

Elena Ó Céidigh Hayes.

The Intel manufacturing plant in Collinstown Park, Leixlip, Co. Kildare. Photo: Colin Keegan

The Intel manufacturing plant in Collinstown Park, Leixlip, Co. Kildare. Photo: Colin Keegan


Elena Ó Céidigh Hayes.


Bray’s Elena Ó Céidigh Hayes, who studies electronic engineering at UCD, has been named as one of 13 Intel Women in Technology Scholars for 2023 and will now receive a grant worth €3,000 as well as an opportunity for a work placement at Intel’s Leixlip and Shannon campus.

The scholarship program aims to encourage a new generation of high-achieving women to take up the challenge of a career in science and technology and to empower them by fostering educational opportunities.

Each scholar is also assigned a mentor who is an Intel employee to assist and provide advice on managing their academic career. The scholarship program has created an invaluable link between Intel and the academic network and a number of scholars have gone on to become Intel employees. 

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In recent years Intel Ireland has driven a unique approach to academic partnership through our Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) program,” said Sarah Sexton of Intel Ireland.

“We work closely with our partners – Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Dublin City University, Technological University Dublin, University of Limerick and Maynooth University – as well as with other universities and Institutes of Technology across Ireland to share details of this initiative and identify suitable candidates for the scholarship program.”

This year scholarships were awarded by numerous business groups across Intel including Movidius, Manufacturing & Product Engineering, Corporate Services and Intel Shannon. Intel is also continuing to offer a ‘Women in Construction’ scholarship awarded by its Fab Construction Enterprise Team.