Awards

Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Award

The Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by Siemens, celebrates innovation excellence among engineering third-level students across Ireland.

Although this competition did not take place in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions, Engineers Ireland is pleased to announce that the competition will return in 2021 in a digital format.

Third-level engineering students from across Ireland are encouraged to submit an entry to our 2021 competition. Applicants must be a student member of Engineers Ireland at the time of entry to the competition and must be enrolled on a full-time level 7 or level 8 engineering qualification.

Innovative Graduate Engineer of the Year Award

Recent graduates who completed their engineering studies in 2020 are also encouraged to submit an entry into our newly created award category, the Innovative Graduate Engineer of the Year Award.

To be eligible for this category, the applicant must either be a 2020 graduate or undertaking a Masters Degree or PhD research.

Applicants are encouraged to submit an entry using the link below by the deadline date of midnight on Sunday, 7 August. It is envisioned that applicants will be shortlisted during August and a final will take place provisionally on Friday, 3 September.

For further information, please contact us at innovativestudent@engineersireland.ie


Past winners of the Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by Siemens

2019 - The Cotter Crate

Students: Jack Cotter, Limerick IT and Nick Cotter, UCC

The Cotter Crate, developed by Jack Cotter (21)and younger brother Nick (18) was deemed the best innovation by the Engineers Ireland judging panel. 

The Cotter Crate is lamb handling system that facilitates the quick, safe, easy and accurate administration of vaccines, doses and drenches to lambs from 3 weeks of age. The innovative crate assists by safely and comfortably restraining lambs, allowing a farmer to administer multiple treatments quickly and accurately. The Cotter brothers have estimated that when using the Cotter Crate a farmer can dose 400 lambs an hour on one dose and dose 200 lambs with 4 treatments, lowering labour time and costs when compared with current methods.

2018 – StrydeTech

CIT’s Kevin Hayes, Muireann Hickey, Cian O'Leary and Jonathan Mullane won the 2018 Siemens ‘Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Award’ for their mobility device, StrydeTech, a life-changing mobility enablement device which provides independence and confidence to those who are unable to stand up on their own.

2017 – The Bucket Bagger

Student: Aron Purser, IT Carlow

Aron Purser

About the project:

Aron Purser’s project, the forklift ‘Bucket Bagger’, was designed to meet the requirements of the agricultural and construction sector. The ‘Bucket Bagger’ is an attachment placed on the front of a forklift, which is used to fill bulk bags. Previously, no bucket existed for forklifts, other than those for teleporters, which were unsuitable for use and also limited driver visibility during operation.

2016 – Automatically Fed Post Driver

Students: Colm Morley, Shane Timoney, Caolan Treanor and Conor Walsh, IT Sligo

IT Sligo

About the project:

The IT Sligo students won the Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Award for their design, titled ‘Automatically fed post driver’. The project allowed tractor operators to drive posts without having to dismount their tractors, significantly improving the safety and efficiency of the process. Previously there had been no post drivers that are able to hold, feed and drive a post without the operator having to dismount the tractor.

2015 – Tippy Talk

Student: Rob Laffan, Limerick Institute of Technology

Rob Laffin

An automation and control engineering student, Rob Laffan won the Innovative Student Engineer of the Year award for his project Tippy Talk, which uses automation technology for communicating across a multitude of non-verbal disabilities such as autism. He developed his project as a result of first-hand experience with his autistic daughter Sadie.

Sponsors

The Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Award is sponsored by Siemens. We would like to thank Siemens for their support and commitment to recognising and celebrating the work of our inspirational student and graduate engineers.

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