New President Outlines her Vision for the Presidential Year

New President Outlines her Vision for the Presidential Year

25 September 2014 at 15:50

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In her Presidential Address, Regina Moran, Chartered Engineer, President of Engineers Ireland spoke about new opportunities being created in the engineering profession as a result of the increasing convergence between the physical and digital world and outlined her vision for the Presidential year.  

An item high on the agenda this year is the need to attract and retain talent into the engineering profession, in particular women, who are an untapped resource according to Moran.

The President recognised that more women are choosing a career in engineering, pursuing critical areas such as technology, energy and life sciences. However, she believes more focus is needed to address the current gender imbalance of 9:1, men to women. Moran vowed to champion the schools, colleges and organisations that are encouraging women to join the engineering world at any level.

As a professional body representing engineers across the country, the newly inaugurated President of Engineers Ireland acknowledged it is critical to remain relevant among current and potential members and promised to lend her leadership skills and support to the strategic review, already in motion.

Speaking at her address Regina Moran, Chartered Engineer, President of Engineers Ireland drew on her in-depth knowledge and understanding of the ICT sector and extensive experience as CEO of Fujitsu Ireland, “My Presidency will be one of convergence; convergence of technology and all forms of engineering. It will be a Presidency that celebrates all of our possibilities and diversity, one that continues to push boundaries and focus on encouraging job creation in our sector.”

“More connectivity means more collaboration. The World Economic Forum calls it the ‘hyper-connected world’ and in the past two decades the combination of computing, connectivity and the internet has grown the world’s digital economy from zero to tens of trillions of euro. This also brings risks of malicious threats which is an issue but also an opportunity for engineers to make critical interventions.

“Other professions like law and medicine do not have the skills to tackle some of our greatest global challenges like climate change, population growth or indeed specific concerns including urbanisation and medical engineering. Ground breaking initiatives are happening right now in Ireland and our engineers are making a real difference. We must continue to maximise the convergence of technology and all forms of engineering.”

In her speech Moran also praised Engineers Ireland for the work being carried out by STEPS, the school’s outreach programme in promoting engineering as career to primary and post-primary students. She also commended the thousands of volunteers around the country who contribute invaluable time and energy to the organisation.

The Presidential Address by Regina Moran, Chartered Engineer, President of Engineers Ireland can be viewed here on EngineersIreland.ie.