Archive for engineering

Engineering vs. Liberal Arts: Who’s Right — Bill or Steve?

Posted in teaching with tags , on 23 March 2011 by Steve

“When students asked what subjects they should major in to become a tech entrepreneur, I used to say engineering, mathematics, and science—because an education in these fields is the prerequisite for innovation, and because engineers make the best entrepreneurs. That was several years ago …” (more)

[Vivek Wadhwa, TechCrunch, 21 March]

New Geography of Global Innovation: Low student interest in science & engineering a challenge for G-7 countries

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 17 February 2011 by Steve

“A report from the Goldman Sachs Global Markets Institute says student interest in science and engineering (S&E) is low in G-7 countries, suggesting that these markets are likely to have difficulty replacing an ageing cohort of native-born scientists and engineers …” (more)

[Michael Hennigan, Finfacts, 17 February]

Trinity College in engineering pact with China and Europe

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 17 January 2011 by Steve

“Trinity College Dublin’s School of Engineering has signed a partnership agreement between the top Engineering Schools in Europe and China. The new agreement in engineering education will provide opportunities in undergraduate and graduate education, as well as research …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 17 January]

Engineering Terror

Posted in Life with tags , on 11 September 2010 by Steve

“… Had those groups reflected the working-age populations of their countries, engineers would have made up about 3.5% of the membership. Instead, nearly 20% of the militants had engineering degrees. When Gambetta and Hertog looked at only the militants whose education was known for certain to have gone beyond high school, close to half (44%) had trained in engineering. Among those with advanced degrees in the militants’ homelands, only 18% are engineers …” (more)

[Avid Berreby, New York Times, 10 September]

GMIT seek permission for engineering school

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 12 August 2010 by Steve

“The Galway Mayo Institute of Technology has lodged a planning permission application with Galway City Council for the construction for a new engineering school …” (more)

[Galway Advertiser, 12 August]

NUIG special maths exam offers Leaving Cert students a second chance

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 12 August 2010 by Steve

“The College of Engineering and Informatics at NUI Galway has announced details of a special entrance maths examination which will give students a second chance to pursue a career in engineering. The exam, which takes place on Wednesday August 25, is for students who achieve the CAO points for an undergraduate engineering degree course at NUI Galway but who have not met the obligatory maths requirement …” (more)

[Galway Advertiser, 12 August]

Engineers Ireland match words with action

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 13 March 2010 by Steve

“One day after Brian Cowen launched the Innovation Taskforce report without, Engineers Ireland has put action into words by offering free maths grinds. Fine Gael Innovation Spokesperson called on the Taoiseach to follow this example and set out a clear timetable for implementing the Innovation Taskforce report …” (more)

[Cork Politics, 12 March]

Top foreign firms put off by our ‘dumbed down’ college courses

Posted in teaching with tags on 15 February 2010 by Steve

“The ‘dumbing down’ of our education system is putting international companies off locating here. A top engineer is blaming the surge in student numbers for lower quality graduates. Dr James Robinson, chief executive of the Kepler Institute – devoted to higher standards in education and engineering professions – wants entry points to be set at 450 for pre-engineering courses …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 15 February]

Engineers should be retrained as teachers, report says

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 12 February 2010 by Steve

“One in five science, engineering and technology students drops out of university, a new report reveals. The report claims that many students are ill-equipped to tackle the mathematical content of the courses. However, it is easier to get into these courses than in the past because entry points have dropped …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 12 February]

Investment in maths and science urged

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 12 February 2010 by Steve

“If Ireland does not make investments in teaching maths and science it will cause damage to the economy, according to Engineers Ireland. Speaking after the launch of a report on maths and science education at second level, John Power, director general of Engineers Ireland, pointed to OECD research published this week on the economic cost of poor education standards …” (more)

[John Collins, Irish Times, 12 February]


Posted in Life with tags , on 30 December 2009 by Steve

“Why do so many terrorists have engineering degrees? Engineering is not a profession most people associate with religion. The concrete trade of buildings and bridges seems grounded in the secular principles of science. But the failed attack this Christmas by mechanical engineer Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was a reminder that the combination has a long history of producing violent radicals …” (more)

[Benjamin Popper, Slate, 29 December]

Engineering the last male bastion

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 1 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The majority of Irish lawyers, pharmacists, dentists, doctors, and physiotherapists in the future will be women. Nursing and primary-school teaching have long been dominated by women; now other professions are heading the same way. The latest figures show that females now outnumber males 59% to 41% in the country’s seven universities. In the entire tertiary sector, including institutes of technology, the figure is 55% to 45% …” (more)

[John Walshe, University World News, 25 October]

300 Jobs Created At NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 27 September 2009 by Steve

Ireland“A €40m engineering building is to be constructed at NUI Galway which will employ up to 300 people. The 14,200 square metre Engineering Building will accommodate the College of Engineering and Informatics, housing 110 staff and approximately 1100 students …” (more)

[Clare Herald, 25 September]

Education policy must prioritise maths and sciences, says Engineers Ireland chief

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 24 September 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The Government must continue to prioritise the teaching of maths and the physical sciences in secondary schools, Engineers Ireland director general John Power said today. Speaking in the wake of the ASTI survey that indicated many secondary level schools have been forced to drop science subjects and reduce the availability of higher-level maths, Power called for the Government to heed what it heard at Farmleigh last weekend that engineering and creativity are the keys to Ireland’s future …” (more)

[, 24 September]

Female Students Just as Persistent as Men in Engineering, Database Shows

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 6 August 2009 by Steve

USA“It may be hard to attract women into engineering, but keeping them there doesn’t seem to be a problem. That’s the latest finding from a database of 70,000 engineering students at nine institutions in the southeastern United States tracked over a 17-year period ending in 2005 …” (more)

[Paul Basken, Chronicle of Higher Education, 4 August]

NUI Galway Professor Says Ireland’s Universities Must Teach Innovation

Posted in teaching with tags , , , on 9 July 2009 by Steve

Ireland“NUI Galway professor has said Ireland needs a new breed of engineering graduate. These new engineering professionals, as well as being properly educated in their technical discipline, would also be provided with a significant exposure to the principles of business and finance, and to the process of innovation and entrepreneurship. Gearóid Ó Laighin, Professor of Electronic Engineering at NUI Galway, said: ‘Ireland’s economic future requires the creation of Irish owned companies, led by engineers who can, through invention and innovation, create economic success. This process is a central pillar of the “Smart Economy” …’” (more)

[Education Ireland, 8 July]

New €50m school for engineers at NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 10 December 2008 by Steve

“A new €50 million engineering school is to be developed at NUI Galway, Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe announced last night. Tendering for the new school will begin shortly. When the building is completed in 2010, NUI Galway will have facilities for more than 1,100 engineering students and staff. The project will be funded through a combination of exchequer funding under the National Development Plan 2007- 2013, resources realised by NUI Galway, as well as donor funding …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 10 December]