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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Marine biodiscovery in Irish waters

  Author: Dr Margaret Rae, post-doctoral research fellow, NUI Galway We are mid-way through the Beaufort Marine Biodiscovery Research Programme, which is aimed at discovery of biologically active compounds (bioactives) and materials for applied applications such as novel drugs and/or materials for use in medical devices. The programme is all about building a national research capacity for the discovery of bioactives and their potential use in the pharma/medical devices area. A sister ...

Engineers must adopt user-centred approach to product development

   Dr Kathryn Cormican, lecturer, College of Engineering & Informatics, National University of Ireland, Galway Organisations must design innovative products using breakthrough technologies to gain competitive advantage in turbulent and dynamic environments. An innovative product has the potential to change the nature of the marketplace by satisfying a new (or latent) need or by satisfying customer needs in a significantly new way. If you always do what you always did, you will always get ...

Solutions from the sea – NUI Galway gets €0.5m in EU funding

A new generation of ‘green’ biomaterials is to be sourced from the Atlantic Ocean by a team of scientists across Europe. As part of the project, two research groups based at the National University of Ireland Galway have received funding of over €0.5 million to investigate the potential use of such marine materials for applications in the biomedical industry. The university’s Irish Seaweed Research Group (ISRG) and the Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB) will work on the ...

Waste pyrite as a resource – research into pyritic expansion

  Authors: Úna Fitzgerald, associate, RPS and David Sutton, graduate engineer, RPS Pyrite is an iron sulphide mineral that is a commonly-occurring but minor constituent of sedimentary rocks, particularly mudrocks and shales. Pyrite occurs in two main forms: cubic crystals and framboidal crystals. Cubic pyrite, which is colloquially known as ‘fool's gold’, is relatively stable in weathering environments. Subject to the correct environment, framboidal pyrite is problematic in confined ...

The development of ICT and energy in Ireland

  Author: David McAuley, R&D programme manager, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland Ireland currently houses 135MW of data centres. This accounts for about 3% of national electricity demand and is growing rapidly. The ICT industry worldwide is no stranger to the connection between energy and sustainability, and actively seeks to include renewable supply and efficiency in its portfolio of solutions. So, how can Ireland leverage its proven advantages in these areas to become the ...

Ireland: at the heart of European information technology

Ireland may sit on the geographic edge of the EU, but when it comes to ICT, the country is at the very heart of Europe's digital industry. The country certainly benefits from the presence of the big ICT names. Older corporations like Microsoft and HP, as well as Google and newer players such as Facebook and Twitter, have all established their EMEA operations in Ireland, attracted by the country's low corporation taxes and an educated workforce with English as a mother tongue. But the ...


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