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Its mission is to promote the advancement of academic standards in engineering and facilitate and organise activities for key academic groups. It aims to develop and disseminate a body of knowledge for engineers working within the academic community which will also serve those engineering professionals with an interest in academic topics. Members can benefit from: Networking with colleagues Networking with industry experts Keeping up to date with the latest events, technical presentations and access to research and support material. Attending events, courses, site visits and customised seminars to advance their continuous professional development.


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Time constraints and creativity in the medical device sector

Working without time or resource constraints could be portrayed as the perfect creative environment, but can ‘less’ sometimes lead to ‘more’ – and when might that be the case? In this article, we examine the positive impact of time constraints on new product development (NPD), drawing on our research in a medical devices company. Early academic literature suggested that control hindered creativity, as it was seen as reducing freedom. However, attention has more recently turned to the ...

Making an impact on vertebral compression fractures

  Authors: Philip Purcell BEng (Hons) Cert Med Sci MIEI, Dr Magdalena Tyndyk, Dr Fiona McEvoy MIEI, Stephen Tiernan MIEI and Seamus Morris MB BCh BAO MMedSci MCh AFRCSI FRCS Spinal fractures are among the most prevalent injuries sustained by the human skeletal system, with an estimated 1.4 million fractures of the vertebral column worldwide every year [1]. It has been estimated that 15% [2] of these fractures are associated with over-loading incidents such as falls from a height and ...

Investment programme to leverage growing data analytics sector

The Government has announced details of a €1 million initial investment in a research programme in data analytics or 'big data', a key sector that is growing at 40% per annum worldwide. Development of the data analytics field has been identified as an opportunity for jobs growth, as part of the ‘Disruptive Reforms’ in the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs 2013. Top-tier multinational and Irish ICT companies will lead the research agenda at a technology centre called CeADAR (the Centre for ...

Students race to the forefront of automotive engineering

Who says that work and play never mix? A group of 40 engineering students from UCD are discovering that valuable lessons can be learned from working on a labour of love. The students, most of whom are studying mechanical or electrical engineering, are part of UCD’s Formula Student group and are set to compete in the annual Formula Student competition, in which colleges from all over the world design, build, test and race a 60hp, single-seater race car. Next year will see the UCD team work ...

Microneedle technologies: a breakthrough in biomedical engineering

In academic and industrial laboratories all over the world, rapidly expanding research and development (R&D) teams are working to ensure that trips to local healthcare centres for treatments involving painless, inconvenient and expensive injections could soon be a thing of the past. This is the exciting world of microneedle technology, where multidisciplinary fusions of biomedical engineering and pharmaceutical science are creating new devices that will revolutionise the fields of ...

Using systems analysis to optimise Ireland’s energy grid

UCD engineering graduate and Foundation Day Medal recipient (2010) Dr Eddie O’Connor, founder of Airtricity and of Mainstream Renewable Energy, has a vision for Ireland as a major supplier of green energy. He is pressing ahead with plans for an ‘energy bridge’ between Ireland and Britain, to be built at an estimated cost of €13 billion. The country’s fortunes could be greatly improved as a result of the project and similar initiatives. Elsewhere, however, important steps are being taken to ...


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