Engineers Week 2019 at DkIT04 March 2019
Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) has today launched a jam-packed programme of events for Engineers Week 2019, the national week-long programme of events celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland. Engineers week is organised by the School of Engineering at DkIT, in conjuction with Engineers Ireland and aims to create a positive awareness of and spark enthusiasm about the engineering profession among young people with little or no engineering background.
The week commenced with a Guinness Book World Record attempt to gather as many students and staff as possible around the Institute’s iconic wind turbine, in an effort to raise awareness of Engineers Week on campus.
A highlight of this year’s event includes the Renewable Energy Series which aims to answer the question:
“Can clean, renewable energy sources power our future, and, if so, how can this power be harnessed?”
The lecture series will cover a variety of topical discussion themes including Bioenergy for Renewable Transport, Wave Activated Sensor Power, Ocean Energy and Solar Power in Ireland. Speaking about the Lecture Series, Tom Dooley, Head of School of Engineering said,
“As the global demand for energy increases, fossil fuel reserves decrease and environmental concerns grow, the search for alternative clean and renewable energy sources continues. In this series of four seminars, the up-and-coming technologies of bio-energy, solar energy and wave energy are explored. Each night, one technology is discussed.
In the fourth seminar, DkIT’s very own ocean energy project, christened the WASP, is explored. The WASP is a practical application of ocean energy technology, which is under development by a team of researchers at DkIT, and is currently under test in the Atlantic Ocean. The project aims to develop a low-cost, wave-powered ocean measurement device which could be used for ocean monitoring, coastal protection and for the assessment of sites suitable for future wave energy developments”.
Full details of all lectures held during Engineers Week can be seen here.
The School of Engineering also designed an event exclusively for girls aged 7-18 years old. DkIT Built Environment Lecturer, Antoinette Rourke organised a workshop in conjunction with Irish Girl Guides entitled ‘Guiding Girls into Engineering’. This is an interactive workshop with a variety of hands-on learning activities aimed at stimulating interest in problem-solving and to encourage more girls to consider engineering as a career.
Other DkIT Engineers Week activities include school visits to primary and secondary schools around the region. Schools visits will cover topics such as Women in Engineering, Vex Robotics, The Role of Engineering in Socieity and KNEX Building Challenge. To find out more about Engineers Week visit: http://www.engineersweek.ie/2018/04/10/engineers-week-2019/
For more information about Engineering courses offered at DkIT, please visit: https://www.dkit.ie/cao-hub/courses-engineering-and-built-environment.html