Women in Engineering: career event preview

25th September 2014

Tickets are going fast for 'Engineering Your Future', our Women in Engineering career event on 8th October in Dublin Castle. Brought to you by the Engineers Ireland STEPS team, the event is an opportunity for Second and Third Year female students, teachers, and parents to meet engineers who are passionate about their careers.

Details of how to book (free) tickets are here (Note: student tickets are now completely sold out, but there are still tickets available for the teacher/parent roundtable session - see below for details.)

Below is a preview of what will happen at the event.

Event opening

The event will be launched by the CEO of Fujitsu Ireland, Regina Moran, who is also president of Engineers Ireland. Regina is an inspiring speaker who has achieved much in her career.

In her role as CEO of Fujitsu Ireland, Regina leads a 350-strong team who provide ICT services to the public and private sector. Regina says that during her presidency, she is focussing on the convergence of engineering and technology, and on the industry's need for more women engineers.  

Meet the engineering panel

After Regina's introduction, students will hear career and personal stories from our panel of four women engineers in a series of short talks. These engineers are:

Niamh Shaw. Niamh is a performer, scientist and engineer who is passionate about awakening people's curiosity. A UCD graduate of engineering and food science, Niamh is currently the 2014 Artist in Residence at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, Cork. Her most recent science art performance, 'To Space’, premiered at the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival at Science Gallery Dublin in September.

Laura Tobin. Laura is a PhD candidate in optical engineering at UCD. Her research is in solar energy, focusing on dye-sensitized solar cells and alternative lighting solutions, for which she won an early-stage business award. She is actively involved in outreach and public engagement, including the UCD SPIE Student Chapter, Discover Research Dublin, UCD Science Film Expression Film Festival, Dublin Maker, and SPIE Future Leaders Committee.

Edel and Lourda Casserly. Identical twins Edel and Lourda are both engineers working in industry. Lourda is an environmental engineer who has worked for CDM Smith, Jennings O'Donovan and Irish Water; and Edel is a civil engineer, working at Arup. Both Edel and Lourda graduated from NUIG.

Student roundtable discussions

During the event, students will be seated in small groups at round tables. After the panel talks, dozens of engineers will take it in turns to visit the tables to talk to students directly and informally about working in and studying engineering. Each table will get a visit from 3 engineers, who will answer questions and interact with the students for 15 minutes each.

Many different kinds of engineers are taking part, from civil to software, both men and women. These engineers work at companies including:

AECOM Arup Dell Dublin City Council
ESB Fingal County Council Fingleton Glen Dimplex
Google IBM Intel Irish Aviation Authority
Irish Rail Irish Water Jacobs JAE Engineering
Jennings O'Donovan Mott MacDonald Roughan & O’Donovan SAP
Silicon Republic
TCD  Tobin Consulting Engineers  UCD 

Teacher/parent roundtables

Teachers, guidance counsellors and parents are also invited to attend a parallel roundtable discussion session with engineers and engineering educators. Note, this session is only available to teachers or parents who do not have students attending roundtables. (Students at roundtables must be supervised at all times by teachers/parents.)

Teachers and parents will have a chance to meet engineers from industry, academia and professional organisations, and to find out why there is a need for more women engineers, where the skills gaps are, the requirements for studying engineering and the access routes to third level.

This session will feature representatives from the following organisations:
Arup DIT Engineers Ireland ESB   
Hays IBM Intel IADT Dun Laoghaire
Lero SEAI Smart Futures Trinity College Dublin
Find out more and book your tickets here