Who’s Taking Part: March 2017

Schools taking part in March's I'm an Engineer

Schools taking part in March’s I’m an Engineer

I’m an Engineer, Get me out of here is back! In March students at over 30 schools will be interacting with 15 engineers across 3 different zones.

Between 6th – 16th March school students will put the engineers through their paces in fast-paced live chats and probing questions on everything from superfood, to spaceships and new types of energy.

For the latest news and announcements about the event, find us on Twitter, @iaegmooh, and follow the hashtag, #IAEIE.

Let’s meet the engineers and schools taking part…

Health Zone

This zone is funded by Wellcome.

The Engineers

Veasna Sum-Coffey | PhD Student, National University of Galway

My work will help bones heal faster after surgery.

Claire Conway | Postdoctoral Researcher, MIT

I work with doctors to better understand how medical devices perform in the body, such as stents for the heart.

Bobby Huxford | PhD Student, NUI Galway

I look at cracks growing in lightweight materials to see if we can use lighter materials instead of steel for bioengineering applications.

Claire Brougham | Lecturer, Dublin Institute of Technology

I make body parts using umbilical cords and materials I can get from animals and I hope that one day these can be implanted into babies who have hearts that don’t work very well.

David Nolan | Postdoctoral Fellow, Trinity College Dublin

I design and test medical implants using computers.

The Schools

  • Lackamore National School, Tipperary
  • Presentation / De La Salle College, Carlow
  • St Pauls, Galway
  • St. Mary’s C.B.S., Laois
  • Coláiste de hÍde, Dublin
  • Ennis Community College, Clare
  • Inver College, Monaghan
  • Coola Post Primary School, Sligo
  • Coláiste Bhaile Chláir, Galway
  • Ballincollig Community School, Cork

Space Zone

This zone is funded by the Science Foundation Ireland.

The Engineers

Kevin Hayes | Antenna Mechanical Analysis Engineer, Airbus Defence and Space

I make sure spaceships survive their trip to space.

Dominic Doyle | Optical Engineer, The European Space Agency

I work at the European Space Agency as an optical engineer helping to develop and fly space telescopes

James Harpur | Research Fellow, Tohoku University

I work in Japan making things that go into space such as satellites that orbit the Earth and robots that explore volcanoes on the Moon.

Jenny Hanafin | Earth Observation and Modelling Manager, TechWorks Marine

I use satellite data to study the oceans and coastal areas.

Norah Patten | Founder, Planet Zebunar

I’m a faculty member at the International Space University and I’m working on a really cool new space themed series of products for children called Planet Zebunar.

The Schools

  • Scoil Naisiunta Dhrom Athain, Cork
  • Garrafrauns Central School, Cork
  • Gaelscoil na Cruaiche, Mayo
  • Colaiste Eanna, Dublin
  • St Vincent’s Secondary School, Cork
  • Marist College, Westmeath
  • Ennis Community College, Clare
  • Coláiste Choilm, Cork
  • St Oliver’s Community College, Louth
  • Community College Dunshaughlin, Meath
  • Donabate Community College, Dublin
  • Coláiste Bhaile Chláir, Galway
  • Presentation / De La Salle College, Carlow

Energy Zone

This zone is funded by the Science Foundation Ireland.

The Engineers

Cathal Ó Murchú | PhD Student, National University of Ireland

Trying to protect the environment by making electricity plants cleaner, looking at the materials inside.

Róisín Mossop | Graduate Electrical Engineer, EirGrid

I work to ensure that you, and everyone else in all of Ireland, have enough electricity at any time to turn on the lights at home, watch TV, charge mobile phones and do anything else that requires electricity.

Robert Dowdall | Insight Renewables

I develop new bioenergy technology to produce renewable fuels such as biocoal from plants, which helps reduce our impact on the planet.

Dave Boyne |  Electronic Engineering Masters Student, Maynooth University

I study how electricity works, and all the cool stuff we can do with it!

Karen Barrett | Company Engineer, Heathrow Airport

I work at Heathrow Airport and am responsible for all underground pipelines and tank farms.

The Schools

  • Aine Naofa National School, Meath
  • Convent of Mercy, Tipperary
  • Knockraha National School, Cork
  • Scoil Naisiunta Naomh Colmain, Kilkenny
  • St Molagas National School, Dublin
  • Scoil Naomh Lorcain, Kildare
  • Our Lady of Mercy National School, Sligo
  • Gaelscoil na Cruaiche, Mayo
  • St Mary’s Parish Primary School, Louth
  • Naas Community National School, Kildare
Posted on February 27, 2017 modlucia in News | Comments Off on Who’s Taking Part: March 2017