Three students, Kate Sayers, Owen Doran and Sean Daly from IT, Tralee have been named winners of the Engineers Week third level challenge. The week, which took place in February, is organised by Engineers Ireland to celebrate engineering and highlights the possibilities a career in this profession can offer.
Kerry County Council put forward the challenge to stimulate a cycling culture in Tralee by constructing a bicycle pump track at Camp in Ballyseedy. The students were given two weeks to identify, plan and design a bicycle pump track which would reduce dependence on car travel and encourage local commuters to switch to cycling for everyday journeys.
During Engineers Week the students presented the team’s proposal to the judging panel which comprised of local representatives directly involved in developing and maintaining infrastructure in the community. The judges, John Flynn, Director of Services, Kerry County Council, John Sheehan, Senior Executive Engineer and Colm Lynch, Executive Engineer, Tralee Town Council assessed the proposal based criteria including on community impact and inclusivity, feasibility, design and communication plan.
John Power, Chartered Engineer, Director General of Engineers Ireland congratulated the winning team and commented, “Engineering graduates continue to have real career options and the demand for engineers of all backgrounds is rising in Ireland, especially in the IT, energy and biomedical areas. Opportunities are open to engineering graduates because organisations always need problem solvers. Congratulations to the three students who won this challenge and I wish them the very best of luck with their engineering studies and future careers.”
John Flynn, Director of Corporate Services, Kerry County Council who set the task and sat on the judging panel said about the students and their entry: “It was really useful; they had done great research and presented the project very well. We asked them a number of challenging questions which I hope they found useful in preparing them for a real life presentation in their future careers. It was a really worthwhile exercise and has further cemented the close working relationship we are developing with IT, Tralee.”
Dr Joseph Walsh, Head of School Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics also congratulated the students on their success and commented, “The Institute is very proud of our three Engineering students who presented a well-constructed and planned project for Kerry County Council. The School of STEM is delighted to be involved in Engineers Week which celebrates the engineering profession, grows awareness of engineers in the community, and showcases engineering as an exciting and diverse career option for students.”
Six teams from engineering courses in third-level institutes around the country took part in the challenge which saw six county councils set specific assignments to overcome issues facing the local community.
Engineers Week 2014, which took place nationwide in February, saw a host of volunteers, schools, teachers, third-level institutes, students, parents and the general public in Kerry take part in the week long programme of events run by Engineers Ireland to celebrate the world of engineering in Ireland.