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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Building better in Ireland: Exploring nearly zero-energy building retrofit technologies

  Author: Dr Jamie Goggins, a senior lecturer at NUIG and chartered engineer, has worked as a consulting engineer in Ireland and the UK on a variety of local, national and international projects People spend approximately 90 per cent of their lives indoors. Thus, it is very important to maintain safe, healthy and comfortable living conditions in buildings. However, it is now widely acknowledged that a substantial proportion of energy is required to maintain these conditions in ...

Irish part of EU group developing sensor device that improves life quality for Parkinson's patients

  A small sensor, headphones and a mobile phone - the elements of a prototype kit that is giving hope of relief for sufferers of Parkinson's disease. The European-backed research project being spearheaded in Barcelona - and with an input from a team at NUI Galway headed up by Professor Gearóid ÓLaighin - does not offer a cure for the degenerative condition, but it could improve the quality of life of patients and give them more autonomy. An initiative to help develop wearable ...

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, ...

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