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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Galway Wind Park - greening our national energy and decarbonising power generation

[caption id="attachment_30849" align="alignright" width="300"] Fig 1 (l-r): David O'Malley, SSE; James O'Hara, SSE; Marion Jammet, IGBC - Award Sponsor; Una Power, Coillte; Liam Power, Roadbridge[/caption] The Galway Wind Park (GWP) Delivery Team is delighted to have been announced as the winners of the ‘Excellence in Sustainability’ category at the recent Irish Construction Industry Awards. The GWP Delivery Team consists of SSE and Coillte as the client and Roadbridge acting as the ...

Green farming: making the pig industry a nexus of waste management and renewable energy

Concerns regarding the environmental sustainability of Irish agriculture have been voiced over the past three-to-four years, prompted by Ireland’s failure to meet EU emission targets and the Harvest 2020 strategy, which prompts expansion across all agricultural sectors. While critics cite the very high contribution agriculture makes to national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (33.3% in 2014), the industry can point to the pasture nature of the majority of agricultural practise in Ireland ...

On your marks: NUI Galway spin-out Qpercom electronically marks practical exams in medicine

Objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE) are used for high-stake clinical skills exams in medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary and other health-science professional examinations, but also used in law schools and professional bodies. The costs of these serial exams and technical logistics are high and challenging, a reason for Dr Thomas Kropmans, senior lecturer Medical Informatics & Medical Education at the NUI Galway to automate these exams. “Apart from the costs and ...

Engineering a new way to deliver drug therapy to heart tissue

I am fortunate to have a diverse, transAtlantic experience in biomedical engineering, which spans the fields of academia and industry. I’m a Galway girl and graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical) degree from NUI Galway in 2004. While in university, I did my work placement in Mednova Ltd, a Galway company that was since acquired by Abbott Vascular. On graduation, I was awarded a place on the IBEC Export Orientation Programme (now IBEC Global Graduates), which allowed me to work ...

'Smart' biomaterials and next-generation medical devices

Dr Manus Biggs’ current research is focused on applying nanofabrication techniques to novel classes of electrically active and responsive ‘smart’ materials. Electricity is ubiquitous in living things. In humans, it provides the basis for thoughts, senses, movement, cardiac activity and evidence is growing that it may also play a crucial role in the functioning of our musculoskeletal system. Consequently, electrically active and responsive or ‘smart’ biomaterials offer significant ...

Competitive cycling: pushing the boundaries of engineering

Authors: Paul Mannion 1, Magdalena Hajdukiewicz 2, Bert Blocken 3, Eoghan Clifford 4 Affiliations: 1 PhD researcher, 2 postdoctoral researcher, 4 lecturer - all civil engineering, College of Engineering and Informatics, NUI Galway & Informatics Research Unit for Sustainable Engineering, NUI Galway; 3 professor, Department of the Built Environment, Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands) & Department of Civil Engineering, Leuven University (Belgium) Background Cycling has ...

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