How I teach: making a pact with the devil

Posted in Teaching on May 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Here’s how I’d like to teach engineering to college students – it’s the way I was taught: 1. Give lectures in which I chart a course through the subject, explaining key ideas, deriving key equations, and using worked examples to enhance understanding and model the problem-solving process …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 2 May]

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Third Level Education: Engineering and Technology

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandNoel Rock (Dublin North West, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her views on the drop in the number of students applying for third level courses in engineering and technology; her further views on the future impact it will have on the economy; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 March]

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NUI Galway renames engineering building after first female engineering graduate

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway have renamed their engineering building this week after the first woman in Ireland and the UK who earned an engineering degree. The Engineering building was renamed the Alice Perry Engineering Building this week. Alice Perry earned a degree in engineering in 1906, graduating from Queen’s College Galway …” (more)

[Sorcha O’Connor, Independent, 22 March]

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Women ‘put off’ engineering careers

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Old-fashioned attitudes and schools that fail to offer crucial subjects are putting women off careers as engineers. The first female director general of Engineers Ireland said the statistics were ‘stark’ as just one in every 10 engineers was a woman …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 7 March]

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Institutes of Technology – Waterford IT

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if capital funding will be made available to progress the building of an engineering block at WIT; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 March]

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NUI Galway to name iconic building after first woman to earn an engineering degree

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A ceremony to mark the official naming of the Alice Perry Engineering Building will take place at NUI Galway on Monday next March 6 to honour the woman first woman in Ireland or the UK to have received a degree in engineering …” (more)

[Galway Advertiser, 2 March]

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Number of engineering degrees may be reduced

Posted in Teaching on February 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A possible reduction in the number of engineering degrees offered in Irish colleges is to be considered in a review for the Higher Education Authority. The effectiveness of current engineering education is to be examined, with recommendations about new apprenticeship models, professional development for working engineers, and teaching methods …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 27 February]

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Stem education critical for country’s future

Posted in Teaching on November 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The importance of a knowledge economy to Ireland’s future is hard to measure, but it should not be underestimated. While we may not know with any certainty what the new jobs in 20 or 30 years will be, our education system has to prepare for them now. The subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) are rightly seen as critical to meet this challenge …” (more)

[Michael Duffy, Irish Times, 15 November]

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STEM, science and engineering

Posted in Teaching on November 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“It’s that time of year when we’re all in marketing mode. Open Days are taking place, it’s Science Week, and for many it’s a case of STEM, STEM, STEM. As a lifelong science nerd who, during the deep recession of early 1980s Ireland, chose to study chemical engineering (the most molecular of the engineering disciplines) I’m always interested in the relationship between these two disciplines and especially in how we promote them to school-leavers …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 14 November]

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Athbheochan nuálaíochta amach romhainn, in Éirinn agus fud fad an domhain – leis an innealtóireacht i gcroí-lár ár dtodhchaí uile

Posted in Research on November 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Alt é seo as: Engineers Journal, iris ag Cumann na nInnealtóirí. Article from Engineers Journal, 1 Nov. 2016. Na sleamhnáin den chur i láthair ag Fionnbarra Ó Brolcháin, tá siad le fáil anseo. Agus an léacht ar YouTube – the lecture and the discussion that followed on YouTube. Fionn Murtagh looks at the role of engineering in Ireland’s sustainable innovation future in a globalised economy …” (more)

[Fionn Murtagh’s Blog, 6 November]

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Failure to recruit more female engineers ‘harming economy’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A lack of women entering the field of engineering is harming the economy, according to the President of the Royal College of Engineering. Professor Ann Dowling said a lack of gender diversity is damaging to the pharma, food, IT and biomedical engineering sectors, which are all vital components of Ireland’s export-driven economy …” (more)

[Sean Duffy, Independent, 26 October]

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State’s infrastructure plans threatened by engineer shortage

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A critical shortage of engineering graduates is threatening vital infrastructure projects such as plans to build tens of thousands of homes, industry professionals have warned. Latest figures show universities, colleges and further education courses are producing just a fraction of the engineers needed to meet projected demand over the coming years …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 August]

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Trinity’s School of Engineering Receives €65 Million in Software from Siemens

Posted in Teaching on January 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s School of Engineering announced today that it has received a €65 million grant from Siemens PLM Software, enabling access to industry-leading software for Trinity students …” (more)

[Aoife O’Donoghue, University Times, 21 January]

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UCC to fill senior post in bid to smooth over chemical engineering degree dispute

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Efforts to regain important status for a chemical engineering degree at University College Cork are continuing after management approval to fill a crucial academic vacancy. The long-standing absence of a professor or department chair was the main reason for the recent withdrawal of an important accreditation from international body IChemE …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 11 November]

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UCC bids to reverse loss of degree’s accreditation

Posted in Teaching on November 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Concerned chemical engineering students at University College Cork have been told every effort is being made to reverse the loss of accreditation for their degrees caused by a delay in replacing a professor. Students in the fourth and final year of process and chemical engineering recently found out they will not be eligible to register as chartered engineers …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 6 November]

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UCC Chemical Engineering students have MEng accreditation revoked

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A group of UCC students have had their MEng accreditation revoked as the university had not replaced a lecturer after seven years. On October 5 the students of UCC Chemical Engineering were told that their MEng accreditation with the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) was revoked …” (more)

[Claire Anderson, BreakingNews.ie, 4 November]

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Funding science and engineering

Posted in Research on August 31st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The critical responses to my letter (August 6th) by Garret FitzGerald and Cormac O’Raifeartaigh (August 8th) and David McConnell (August 11th) on the topic of the Government’s funding of science and of engineering appeared to be more concerned with the promotion of basic research rather than the refutation of the various points in my argument …” (more)

[John Kelly, Irish Times, 31 August]

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Science and engineering

Posted in Governance and administration on August 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – What a depressingly outdated concept of the balance between science and engineering presented in the letter by Prof John Kelly (August 6th). Throughout the leading academic centres in the US, science and engineering are interwoven, particularly in the pursuit of advances relevant to human health …” (more)

[Letters from Garret FitzGerald and Cormac O’Raifeartaigh, Irish Times, 7 August]

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Science, research and the economy

Posted in Research on August 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Dick Ahlstrom, in his interview (‘Minister knows importance of research goes beyond economy’, August 4th) with the Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English, asks if there is too strong an emphasis on applied research in favour of basic research …” (more)

[John Kelly, Irish Times, 6 August]

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Demand for engineering and technology degrees grows

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“College applicants are opting in greater numbers for engineering and technology degrees but science courses are waning in popularity, latest figures show. The Central Applications Office (CAO) has received lists of preferred honours bachelor (level 8) degree choices from 70,006 Leaving Certificate candidates, mature students, and others for the coming academic year — 4% more than this time last year …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 11 July]

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