Academic society logoThe Academic society is a special interest group for engineers who lecture or conduct research in third-level institutions or graduate students who aspire to careers in academia.

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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Development of wave-energy technologies and their progression

  Author: Patrick Duffy, managing director, Jospa Ltd Engineering has placed roving vehicles to prospect on Mars and produced a spacecraft that can function as it exits our solar system. It has employed nanomaterials and even applied the elusive quantum effect. So, why can it not master wave power? "I have been asked this question many times, but it is not easy to answer. Many good engineers have made great effort to extract serious power from the sea. Small, intermittent generation has ...

Preparation for a career as a process engineer

  Author: Orlaith Crowther, fourth-year student of chemical and biopharmaceutical engineering, Cork Institute of Technology I am currently in my final year of chemical and biopharmaceutical engineering in the Cork Institute of Technology. My third-year internship was with MSD (Merck in the USA), which is based in Ballydine in Tipperary, from April to August of this year. Ballydine was one of MSD's first Irish sites. Set up in 1976, it was originally used for bulk API (active ...

Energy transparency – enabling sustainable manufacturing

  Author: Eoin O'Driscoll, doctoral researcher, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Trinity College Dublin According to the recently published Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), it is extremely likely – 95% certain – that the majority of the observed increase in global surface temperature between 1951 and 2010 has been caused by anthropogenic influences. The report projects that if global greenhouse gas ...

Developing wave energy in Ireland - creating a market

  Author: Graham Brennan, transport and ocean R&D programme manager, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland In part one of this two-part article, we examined the engineering effort required to develop a successful wave energy converter (WEC) device. Now we will consider, from the perspective of a developer or investor, the type of commercial environment needed in order for a wave-energy industry to flourish here in Ireland. An energy utility company is in the business of making ...

Automatic speaker tracking in audio recordings

  A central topic in spoken-language-systems research is what is known as speaker diarisation, or computationally determining how many speakers feature in a recording and which of them speaks when. Speaker diarisation would be an essential function of any program that automatically annotated audio or video recordings. To date, the best diarisation systems have used what is called supervised machine learning: they are trained on sample recordings that a human has indexed, indicating ...

Developing wave energy in Ireland – engineering for success

  Author: Graham Brennan, transport and ocean R&D programme manager, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland Ireland is not blessed with many mineral or fossil fuel resources, but perhaps our greatest untapped natural resource lies in the vast ocean area to our west and its associated renewable energies. The Atlantic Ocean off west of Ireland is one of the most energetic seas in the world, with annual average wave power reaching 75,000 Watts per metre wave width. This compares with ...

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