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086_WEST_LOGO_REVThe West region is a hub for members across all sectors of engineering and who are based in Galway, Mayo or Roscommon. It represents many sectors of the industry, including third level education, local authorities, central government, contractors, companies, researchers and many more. The region provides CPD and social networking events for engineers of all grades and disciplines.

The Gaeltacht region of Galway and Mayo is also included in the West region and welcomes participation "as Gaeilge" with an annual  Leacht as Gaeilge.

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enet's fibre network brings spark of life to Irish towns

  Author: Thomas Grant, CTO, enet In the recent past, for a variety of economic and geographical reasons, the private sector had not delivered the desired levels of investment in telecommunications infrastructure in an appropriate timeframe. While alternatives to eircom’s national core fibre existed, there was no competing network available within towns to access these national fibre networks. This infrastructure deficit (between national and local) had been identified as a barrier ...

Galway engineer's software 'predicts' sudden cardiac death

  In University College Hospital Galway, a device is currently being used to ‘predict’ cardiac events in people at risk of sudden cardiac death. This technology was developed by a Mexican and it has since been patented by the National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway), with an eye to selling it to specialised companies. In 2013, the hospital cardiologists used this technology to diagnose and test its accuracy. The software is in the process of prototype and marketing. In Ireland, ...

Developing bio-artificial organs for repairing spinal-cord injury

  Authors: Sharon Kelly, project manager, Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB); Carolyn Holladay, senior researcher, Vornia; and Keith Feerick, research associate, NFB According to the World Health Organization, nearly 500,000 people suffer a spinal-cord injury (SCI) per year worldwide (‘Spinal cord injury’, WHO fact sheet N°384, November 2013). As a consequence of mobility barriers, people who experience injury to their spinal cord largely become dependent on ...

Killaloe’s rich engineering treasures - past and present

  Killaloe in Co Clare is in the news this year on the 1,000th anniversary of the death in 1014 of High King Brian Boru, at the Battle of Clontarf. He ruled the country from his castle in Kincora. Killaloe was then the capital of Ireland. It was the capital of water skiing in the 1950s and 1960s when I lived there as a boy, a teenager and a young adult. And today it is arguably the capital of Ireland’s inland waterways. Killaloe, with its twin ‘heritage’ town Ballina in Co Tipperary, ...

€1m study will increase resource efficiency in Irish dairy processing

  Author: Dr William Finnegan, College of Engineering & Informatics and the Ryan Institute, NUI Galway The abolishment of milk quotas in 2015 is expected to result in a 50% increase in milk production in Ireland by 2020. This increase in the volume of milk being processed, along with stringent measures on emissions from the industry and growing commercial drive for operational efficiencies, is driving the need for innovative technological and operational solutions within the dairy ...

Sligo engineers pioneer bioresorbable medical implants

  Researchers at IT Sligo are leading a €1 million EU-funded project that could pave the way for more people to receive better and cheaper medical implants faster. According to the team involved in Bio-PolyTec, greater use of bioresorbable polymer material is set to have a significant impact the future development of implantable medical devices, with important benefits for patients and manufacturers. Bioresorbable polymers have key advantages over traditional metal implants. They ...
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