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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The complexity of engineering for life in space

NUI Galway PHD student Ilaria Cinelli explains the unique challenges of engineering solutions for space missions. Cinelli was selected as commander of Crew 172 in 2016 and Crew 185 in 2017 of the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) and also won the Emerging Space Leader Scholarship by MDRS. During a four-week mission in Utah she collected data-based research on the crew’s behavioural patterns throughout the mission and tested emerging technology. During the mission there were numerous ...

ENERGISE project in top gear as it hooks into 1,000 best practice energy models across Europe

The ENERGISE project, funded under the EU Horizon 2020 programme for three years (2016-2019) and led by Dr Frances Fahy from National University of Ireland, Galway, is a pan-European initiative that aims to reduce energy usage in households and communities across Europe and contribute to European policy-making on energy. ENERGISE develops, tests and assesses options for a bottom-up transformation of energy use in households and communities across Europe. It stands for the European Network ...

Mechanobiology and the future of medical-device design

During the design and validation phase, medical devices undergo rigorous and extensive testing to establish both the biocompatibility and mechanical stability of the device before obtaining regulatory approval and being implanted into patients as treatments for disease and injury. However, the human body is highly adaptive and cells and tissues can change their composition, structure and function in response to biophysical stimuli – in particular, those imposed by these medical devices ...

CÚRAM engineers nanomechanical stem-cell technologies to benefit orthopaedics

Dr Manus Biggs, lecturer within the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Investigator at CÚRAM, the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research in Medical Devices at NUI Galway, has just published two separate research papers on the role of nanomechanical cues in cell biology in top-tier international journals, one in the Nature journal Nature Biomedical Engineering and another in the ...

Functionalisation of electrode devices for neural electrode interface applications

Catalina Vallejo-Giraldo, PhD candidate at CÚRAM, the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research in Medical Devices based at NUI Galway, has recently published the results of her work in the prestigious journal Advanced Functional Materials (AFM), with an impact factor of 12.12. Vallejo-Giraldo’s research focuses on the modification of implantable electrode systems to improve their performance when used, for example, in neural recording and in deep brain stimulation in patients with ...

Reach for the sky - the Galway engineer who is shaping the New York skyline

I cannot imagine a harder place to build than in New York City and Áine Brazil, vice president of New York engineering firm, Thornton Tomasetti, concurred. Brazil is a fellow of Engineers Ireland won the International Engineer of the Year Award in 2014. ‘Construction is horrendously difficult and expensive in New York, even for a regular building, because of the adjacencies and the density of the urban fabric. And the age. You’re above a subway that’s 150 years old and trying to put down ...

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