Issue 49 | November 2021
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Dear <<First Name>> 
Welcome to the November edition of Connect.
I was delighted on Saturday to meet members of our Council and Executive Board, many of them in person, for a strategy day with staff at our office at 22 Clyde Road.  We talked about some key drivers of change, what the profession of engineering will look like in 2030 and how we can support its needs. There were specific sessions on the importance of sustainability within the profession, inclusion and diversity and digital transformation. It was an extremely worthwhile gathering with lots of engagement. Ideas generated will be considered in forthcoming plans.
November is our month to celebrate excellence within the profession. There are articles below about the Chartered Engineer of the Year for 2021, Claire Lillis, our 2021 CPD Employer of the Year, Atkins Ireland, and the shortlist for the Best Presentation title, which honours our Sector technical presentations, is now available. The winners of the 2021 Meeta Asset Management Awards will also be announced shortly. Later in the month, watch out on social media and in The Irish Times for some wonderful content and short videos in our 2021 Engineering Excellence Digital Series, held in association with ESB.
On 4 November, we were pleased to welcome the publication of the Climate Action Plan 2021. The Plan lists the actions required to deliver on Ireland’s climate targets, including a commitment to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions by 51% by 2030. Read our statement here.
Science Foundation Ireland currently has an important public conversation open on research in Ireland.  The initiative, Creating Our Future, is an opportunity for everyone to give ideas on how to make our country better for all. From science, the environment, health and education to poverty, the arts, diversity and inclusion, all ideas are welcome that can inspire researchers to help make a better future for Ireland. It is very important that the voice of engineering is part of the deliberations so please consider submitting an idea. More information is provided below.
Finally, if you attended our National Conference on 13 October on the topic of ‘Engineering in a New World - Digital and Sustainable Solutions for Society,’ don’t forget that you can log back into the platform to hear the recordings from each session under the agenda tab. Our conference platform will remain live for the next number of months.
With best wishes,
Professor Orla Feely
President of Engineers Ireland

Atkins Ireland awarded CPD Employer of the Year

Atkins Ireland, a leading provider of engineering professional consulting and support services, has been awarded our 2021 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Employer of the Year Award. 

Supported by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, and sponsored by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland, the CPD Employer of the Year Award recognises the use of best practice continuing professional development initiatives in achieving organisational objectives. The awardee is selected annually from Engineers Ireland’s CPD Accredited Employers' network, which represents a large and diverse range of engineering employers across the public and private sector. 

Click here to see the award video about Atkins Ireland and their successful approach to CPD.

Commenting on the achievement at a ceremony on 10 November, Justin Norman, Managing Director, Atkins Ireland, said: “At Atkins Ireland, we put CPD at the heart of our business. From graduate development to mentoring and mental health programmes, we prioritise our colleagues’ learning and development needs, ensuring success and progression for our colleagues and a cutting-edge engineering consultancy for our clients. 

“On behalf of each of our employees based here in Ireland, I am honoured to accept the 2021 CPD Employer of the Year Award from Engineers Ireland.  This award is a fantastic accolade and a testament to our values and culture of learning and development,” Mr Norman concluded.  

Pictured above left to right at 22 Clyde Road, Dublin 4, the offices of Engineers Ireland, are: Fidelma Lucey, Associate Director, Atkins Ireland; Henry Poh, Associate Director, Atkins Ireland; Justin Norman, Managing Director, Atkins Ireland; Dee Kehoe, CPD Director at Engineers Ireland and Caroline Spillane, Director General, Engineers Ireland.

The Engineers Ireland CPD Accredited Employer Standard improves the competence levels of engineers and delivers tangible benefits to organisations. To find out more about the standard and how your company can achieve it, please visit this section of our website here.

Meet Claire Lillis, Chartered Engineer of the Year 

Congratulations to Claire Lillis, a Senior Programme Manager with Aerogen, who has been awarded our prestigious Chartered Engineer of the Year Award for 2021. 

Supported by Arup, the Chartered Engineer of the Year title was presented to Claire at a virtual awards ceremony hosted by Engineers Ireland on 4 November. Claire was honoured with the accolade having been shortlisted from nearly 400 of our members who attained their Registered Professional Title of Chartered Engineer between June 2020 and June 2021 and following a rigorous interview and presentation to a panel of expert judges. 

Claire holds a degree in Biomedical Engineering from NUI Galway and a MSc in Design Innovation from Maynooth University, where she graduated top of her class. Since joining Aerogen in 2006, Claire has worked in Mechanical Design, Project Management and Programme Management roles within R&D. She has worked to develop products that help provide life-critical interventions from the ER through to ICU in over 75 countries.  

“Achieving the Registered Professional Title of Chartered Engineer is an important goal in a professional engineer’s career. It is a seal of approval by an engineer’s peers that they have developed an ability beyond that achieved during their academic formation, to that of a professional practitioner. It is also a mark of an engineer’s commitment to the continuing development of their professional expertise and ethical practice," commented Caroline Spillane, our Director General.

Donal McDaid, Transport and Resources Group Leader at Arup, added: “Arup is proud to partner with Engineers Ireland to support the Chartered Engineer of the Year Award. This award recognises the high calibre of Ireland’s professional engineers and celebrates their achievements. On behalf of Arup, I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to Claire Lillis on being awarded the prestigious title of Chartered Engineer of the Year 2021 and I praise each Chartered Engineer shortlisted for this year’s award.” 

For more information on attaining the title of Chartered Engineer and to commence your Chartered Engineer journey, please visit this section of our website here. 

Best Presentation Award shortlist now available

Presentations ranging from circular economy planning to energy efficiency and the transition to heat pumps in Irish homes have been shortlisted for Engineers Ireland’s Best Presentation Award. 

Co-sponsored by Beale & Co and Griffiths & Armour, the Best Presentation Award recognises members of Engineers Ireland who have contributed to the engineering profession by delivering outstanding technical presentations to member-engineers during our 2020 - 2021 lecture season. 

Shortlisted for the 2021 Best Presentation Award are: 

·       Tom Casey, Mike Evans and Janet Lynch for their February 2021 presentation on the Development of a Circular Economy Plan for TII, hosted by our Civil division. 

·       Denis Dineen, Alan Heneghan and Wayne Donnellan for their March 2021 presentation on Energy Use and Efficiency in Irish Industry, hosted by our West region. 

·       Chris Crolly for his November 2020 presentation on The rapid transition from fossil fuel heating to heat pumps in Irish homes, hosted by our Energy, Environment and Climate Action division. 

The winner will be announced on 1 December 2021.

“Engineers Ireland’s sectors - our Regional branches, Engineering divisions and Societies - play a pivotal role in our engineering community by facilitating knowledge sharing amongst our 25,000+ members in ways that are relevant, flexible and local,” commented Caroline Spillane, our Director General. 

“I would therefore like to thank each of our members who contributed to the rich and diverse catalogue of presentations for our 2020/2021 lecture season. I would particularly like to congratulate each member who has been shortlisted for this year’s Best Presentation Award. With the generous sponsorship of Griffiths & Armour and Beale & Co, we look forward to recognising the achievements of our sectors throughout November and highlighting the valuable continuing professional development opportunities they provide freely to our engineering community through the delivery of high quality, detailed and technical presentations.” 

To view the three shortlisted presentations and to find out more about Engineers Ireland’s communities and groups, visit our website here.

'Essence of NUI Galway': Professor Padraic O’Donoghue retires after 24 years as civil engineering chair

Professor Padraic O’Donoghue has been professor of civil engineering at NUI Galway since 1997, after previously having worked in University College Dublin as a lecturer in civil engineering for seven years. He is a Fellow of Engineers Ireland.

Read the article in the Engineers Journal

STEPS Engineers Week is Saturday 5 to Friday 11 March

The Engineers Ireland STEPS Team is currently calling on engineering organisations, Local Authorities and third level institutions nationwide to start preparing and planning engineering activities in their communities as part of the 2022 STEPS Engineers Week.

Every year, our member-engineers and engineering firms, large and small, Higher Education Institutions and Local Authorities get actively involved in STEPS Engineers Week; we look forward to and appreciate your participation very much once again, this spring.

Environmental, Social, and Governance – or ESG – and why it matters

ESG has become a really important topic recently and it seems to be on everybody’s radar.

It is of particular relevance to construction projects.


Read the article in the Engineers Journal

Now in its 16th year, STEPS Engineers Week is a campaign held annually to encourage young people, their teachers and parents to explore the fun world of engineering and highlight the diverse career opportunities engineering offers – and we want you to get involved! In 2022, the Week commences on Saturday 5 March concluding on Friday 11 March.

To support our engineering members and organisations, STEPS has partnered with As Creatives to deliver a suite of new supports. The new Adopt a School Toolkit: A Guide for Engineering Professionals will help you as an organiser of an in-house, on-site, school or digital visit by providing information about all you need to organise an event in one easy-to-use document. Additionally, STEPS is hosting a number of online training workshops designed specifically for engineering professionals who want to get involved in STEPS Engineers Week 2022.
Sign up to the STEPS mailing list to hear when these resources and training dates goes live. For further information on how to get involved and inspire the next generation of engineers in Ireland, visit this section of our website here.
Engineers Week is brought to you by STEPS at Engineers Ireland and supported by SFI, the Department of Education and industry leaders Arup, ESB, Intel and TII.

MEETA Asset Management Conference 2021

This year's MEETA Asset Management Conference will take place over two morning sessions on 24 and 25 November. Book here.

10,000 ideas on the future of science and research 

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has currently an important public consultation/conversation open on research in Ireland.

The initiative, called Creating Our Future, is an opportunity for everyone to give ideas on how to make our country better for all. From science, the environment, health and education to poverty, the arts, diversity and inclusion - all ideas are welcome that can inspire researchers to help make a better future for Ireland.
SFI is keen to gather as many ideas as possible from people all over the country on research that could shape a better future for all.
Members of our institution are encouraged to submit an idea. If you have an idea, you can submit it through SFI’s dedicated online portal, open until the end of November. This national brainstorm invites everyone to submit ideas to tell us what researchers can do to create a better future. The platform for you to submit your idea is here.
Speaking about the initiative, Taoiseach Micheál Martin, TD said: “This is an important opportunity to contribute to shaping future research. I encourage everyone to get involved, this isn’t for any one section of society, we want to engage everyone in conversations in communities across the country, to inspire curiosity and generate ideas for research that will shape our future. As we set out on an ambitious and transformative path to build capacity and capability across the entire research and innovation system in the coming years, it’s vital that everyone has an opportunity to contribute.”
All responses submitted to the portal will be collated and shared by SFI with an independent expert panel, comprised of researchers and civil society leaders, who will distil the ideas into a report for Government.
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