Saints, Scholars and Engineers: How engineering transformed a nation
Ireland’s economic transformation over recent decades has been extraordinary in its scale, nature and impact. Around thirty years passed from TK Whitaker’s 1958 Economic Development, laying the foundations for this transformation, to Intel’s bellwether decision in 1989 to locate in Ireland. About the same amount of time has now passed since that Intel investment.
This talk will consider the many factors that supported Ireland’s transformation through sectors such as technology, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. It will focus in particular on the role of engineers and engineering.
In 2022 we will mark the centenary of the foundation of the State. This comes at a time of disruption, as we seek to navigate the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, geopolitical shifts, climate change and other global factors. As we reflect as a country on where we have come from, where we are and where we are going, we must include consideration of the role of engineering in shaping modern Ireland, and of how we now build on this.