Chartered Engineer of the Year

The professional title of chartered engineer, considered to be the gold standard of our profession, was established in Ireland over 50 years ago. Chartered Engineers are leaders in their industry. They are ethical practitioners who maintain the highest level of competence and professional integrity. They develop new technology and use innovative methods to solve complex problems.

Within the Republic of Ireland, Engineers Ireland is the sole authority to award the title, which is granted to professional engineers who, through a rigorous review process, have shown their ability to apply their professional competencies in the workplace. 

The Chartered Engineer title attained through Engineers Ireland is an accolade associated with the very best of the engineering profession. It is an important and valuable milestone in the career of any engineer.

Find out more about those shortlisted in 2021:

Cormac Falvey, Chartered Engineer, Clare County Council

Project title: Applying technology to the management of flooding emergencies.

Cormac Falvey is an Assistant Chief Fire Officer with Clare County Council. Cormac’s current roles include Major Emergency Preparedness and Fire Prevention.

He ensures that the systems, procedures, facilities, and trained personnel are always ready to respond to major emergencies. Cormac led the development of a web-based information management system for major incidents. This system provides immediate information to decision-makers to ensure effective management of complex emergencies.

Cormac graduated from Cork Institute of Technology with a Degree in Structural Engineering, and from the University of Limerick with a Degree in Management Practice. Prior to the Fire Service Cormac worked in Engineering consultancies in Cork and Limerick.

He has been the Incident Commander at several significant emergency incidents including flooding, wildland fires, and aircraft emergencies. Cormac is an experienced fire brigade instructor and provides instruction in the management of emergency incidents for the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management.

Eugene Baily, Chartered Engineer, TLI Group

Project title: The Emergency Exit Shaft HIA1  

Eugene is a chartered structural engineer with 6 years’ experience and is employed at TLI Group, where he is engaged in the provision of specialist infrastructure engineering solutions to their clients. He is currently involved in the delivery of over 140MW of renewable solar and wind energy developments throughout Ireland. 

Previously, Eugene was employed at OCSC, where he was involved in the design of residential, infrastructure, and retrofit projects. Prior to this, he was part of the ByrneLooby Galway office structural design team, where he mainly supported their Middle Eastern offices on large-scale substructure infrastructure works.

Eugene graduated with a BEng(Ord) from GMIT (Distinction), a BEng(Hons) from NUIG (First Class Honours), a Shell E&P Ireland Ltd. funded Research Masters from NUIG, and a part-time MSc in Structural and Foundation Engineering from Heriot-Watt University (Distinction).

George Byrne, Chartered Engineer, Environmental Efficiency Consulting Engineers

Project title: Toxicity and Off-gassing of Building Materials

George Byrne is an Environmental Consultant that has gained technical expertise in his field and has a broad range of experience in Ireland and abroad in multiple industries. He is a graduate of UCD and a Chartered Engineer, currently working as an Associate Director at Environmental Efficiency Consulting Engineers. 

George’s focus is on three areas:

Quantifying and modelling emissions to assist the design of industrial emission points and appropriate abatement systems in ensuring compliance with relevant legislation.

He also carries out containment assessments for the prevention of pollution. Primary, secondary and tertiary reviews for industrial premises, specifically at COMAH and licenced sites in Ireland and the UK. 

More recently, George has focused on Indoor Environmental Quality in the built environment. George was the first engineer to carry out a LEED IAQ test outside the US in partnership with Sisk. He was one of the first independent WELL Performance Testing Agents to submit a WELL V2 Performance Verification review in Europe.

John Smee, Chartered Engineer, Kilkenny Cooling Systems

Project title: Commercialising Technical Innovations in an SME

John has a BE in Industrial Engineering and Information Systems from NUI Galway and an MEngSc in Mechanical Engineering (Manufacturing, Process and Automation Systems) from UCC. His work consists of the research, development, and commercialisation of novel cooling system designs for his business Kilkenny Cooling Systems.
Notable projects of his include the design and development of ATEX (potentially explosive atmosphere) cooling systems used in power generation facilities internationally, and high-volume custom beverage cooling systems installed in Copenhagen’s Royal Arena and Sydney's Olympic Park. 
John has previously been shortlisted for an Engineers Ireland Excellence Award for Technical Innovation for his VS Cooler project. 

He is currently President of the Institute of Refrigeration Ireland and has previously sat on the organisation's technical committee. This year he filed for patent protection for an innovative, ultra-fast drinks cooling system for the events sector - commercialised via his 2021 spinout business: TurboChillers.

Kevin Kilcoyne, Chartered Engineer, Arup

Project title: Druk White Lotus School – Sustainable design in a low-skilled environment

Kevin is a Structural Engineer with an M.Eng in Structural Engineering with Architecture from UCD. After graduation, Kevin joined Arup Consulting Engineers where he worked for 5 years. In this time Kevin worked as a Design Engineer, on-site as a Resident Engineer, and in a voluntary capacity on a remote schools project in India. Kevin now works with DBFL Consulting Engineers, where he is responsible for structural design, coordination, and delivery across a range of projects.

With a family background in construction, Kevin has always endeavored to marry his practical skills with the technical expertise he gained in college and throughout his career. In taking a collaborative approach towards design and construction, Kevin has been able to deliver practical solutions to complex design problems in difficult environments. 

Kevin believes that Engineers have a responsibility to use their networks and skills on a voluntary basis for social good.

2021 Winner

Project title: Aerosolised Surfactant - The design and development of a drug-device combination product to treat preterm babies in respiratory distress.

Claire Lillis is a Senior Programme Manager with Aerogen, the world’s leader in aerosol drug delivery.

Claire studied Biomedical Engineering in NUI Galway, graduating in 2005. Since joining Aerogen in 2006, Claire has worked in Mechanical Design, Project Management and Programme Management roles within R&D. She has worked to develop products that help provide life-critical interventions from the ER through to ICU in over 75 countries. 

Claire completed a MSc. Design Innovation in Maynooth University in 2019, graduating top of her class. Her masters focused on human-centered design for product, software, and service design. 

Claire has 10 years’ experience project managing the design and manufacture of ‘drug-device combination’ products for clinical trials in collaboration with pharmaceutical companies. For the past six years, she has acted as Programme Manager on Aerogen’s aerosolised surfactant delivery programme, a complex product designed to treat premature babies in respiratory distress shortly after birth. The product is currently in Phase 2b clinical trials in the US.

Previous winners

2020 winner

Donal Kelly, Chartered Engineer, Dragados

2020 Chartered Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by Arup.

Project Title: Tunnelling at the Bank Station Upgrade.


2019 winner

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Dr Cristina Paduano, Chartered Engineer, B-Fluid

2019 Chartered Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by Arup.

Project Title: Scoring a Goal with Multi-Physics Virtual Design.


2018 winner

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Aoife Murphy, Chartered Engineer,  David Kelly Partnership

2018 Chartered Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by Arup.

Project Title: Earthquake: The Silver Lining - An Opportunity In A Time Of Disaster.


2017 winner

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Captain Eoghan Carton, Engineer Officer, Irish Defence Forces

2017 Chartered Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by Arup.

Project Title: Lead Nation Changeover 2016: The changeover of combat engineering, infrastructure and utilities support from Finland to Ireland in UNIFIL.


2016 winner

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Marcello Corsi, Chartered Engineer, Transport Infrastructure Ireland

2016 Chartered Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by Arup.

Project Title: Innovative Track Design for Urban Railways – the State of the Art on Luas.


The Chartered Engineer of the Year Award is kindly supported by Arup. We would like to thank Arup for their support and commitment to recognising and celebrating our Chartered Engineers.


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