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Health Zone Report – March 2019

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The Health Zone was a themed engineering zone supported by Wellcome. In this zone there were six engineers:

  • Ted Burke, who specialises in electrical engineering and using the electrical signals inside of us to diagnose health problems.
  • Sajjad Soleimani, who uses engineering to create medical devices.
  • Laura Farina, who develops new medical devices based on electromagnetism.
  • Kevin O’Brien, the winner of this zone, who designs electronics for infusion pumps used for everything from pain relief during surgery to chemotherapy.
  • Ellen Simmons, a biomedical engineer who uses her knowledge to design solutions to various technology problems.
  • Andrea Pacheco, who is using lasers to develop a device that measures oxygen levels in preterm babies.
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Production Zone Report – March 2019

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The Production Zone was a themed engineering zone supported by Science Foundation Ireland. In this zone were:

  • Noel O’Dowd, a Professor of Mechanical Engineering who researches new materials such as carbon fibre composite materials.
  • Nina Kanti, an Electronic and Computer Engineer who develops apps and works with novel technology.
  • Ivan Merrick, a Managing Director at Fraser Ross Ltd, responsible for delivering the most effective and efficient solutions to a range of clients engineering needs.
  • Gowthaman Parivendhan, who uses computer-aided simulations to create models that predict the source and cause of defects in 3D printed objects.
  • Diana Abrunhosa, the winner of the Production Zone, who designs water and wastewater treatment plants.
  • Alice Selby, a PhD student developing methods for fabricating new resistors using nano-wires on glass.
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Space Zone Report – March 2019

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The Space Zone was a themed engineering zone supported by Science Foundation Ireland. In this zone were:

  • Stephen O’Connor, the winner in the zone, who tests different materials to find out if they can be used to build satellites.
  • Sita Karki, a Computational Scientist who works with satellite images to study the environment.
  • Rory Scarrott uses satellites to look at the oceans, their surface structure and how it changes.
  • Hannah Currivan, who designs electronics to go on satellites.
  • Brian O’Connor studies satellite images and other maps to see how nature is disappearing.
  • Alison Dufresne, a Space Propulsion Engineer who designs and builds rocket engines.
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Health Zone Report – Feb-March 2018

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This event was quieter than expected due to bad weather causing many schools across Ireland to close during the first week of the event. The disruption meant that teachers had to cancel lessons they had planned to run on I’m an Engineer. In total, sixteen chats had to be cancelled across the event with many teachers unable to rearrange. This caused our averages across the event to be a lot lower than in previous years.

The Health Zone was a themed zone supported by Wellcome.

  • Pattie is a PhD researcher looking at how stretching stem cells in blood vessels can keep them
  • Karl works for MSD creating new medicines for patients
  • Ivor studies how bone cells sense when we are walking and what happens in conditions such as osteoporosis
  • Fiona, the winner of this zone, is a postdoctoral researcher using 3D printing to design new bone implants
  • Eoin is a PhD student studying the heart and designing new medical devices that help with heart disease
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Space Zone Report – Feb-March 2018

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The Space Zone was funded by Science Foundation Ireland.

  • Willi is a professor in mechanical and materials engineering who has been working on the first Irish satellite
  • Lána is a PhD student also working on the satellite as well as studying dying stars
  • Jonathan is a teaching associate at the International Space University
  • James designs spacecraft for the European Space Agency
  • Eimear, the winner of this zone, is a satellite data researcher studying the coastal environment

Thirteen students and three engineers logged in for an evening chat on the last Thursday of the event where students could show their parents the event and ask questions. This was the first time we had run this evening session and most of the students stayed online chatting with the engineers for the full hour.

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Robotics Zone Report – Feb-March 2018

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The Robotics Zone was funded by Science Foundation Ireland, with five engineers working in different areas of robotics engineering.

  • Patrick is a PhD student researching robot manipulation
  • Graham, the winner of this zone, is an oceanographic engineer looking at data from buoys in the ocean
  • Dino is working on robots that can be controlled by voice commands and virtual reality
  • Cara is developing a robot companion to keep children calm when they have to go into hospital
  • Aisling is studying how computers work and how we create and translate what they have to say

This was the quietest zone in this event with the lowest number of students logging in and questions in Ask. We assigned places to 14 schools, but only were six able to take part because of the weather disruption. Some teachers did hand out login cards so interested students could log in from home and use ASK section, and three students made use of the evening chat for families on the final Thursday.

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Energy Zone Report – March 2017

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The Energy Zone was a themed zone for primary schools, funded by Science Foundation Ireland. Roisín is an electrical engineer making sure everyone in Ireland has enough electricity, Robert is developing biocoal – a renewable energy source helping to move society away from fossil fuels and Karen works at an airport making sure airplane fuel gets to where it’s needed. Dave is an electronics engineering master’s student studying electricity and Cathal is a PhD student researching ways to make electricity plants better for the environment.

This was a busy zone with a higher than average number of questions asked by students. Some students found the sometimes complicated topics difficult to understand, but all the engineers were good at explaining their work in simple terms.

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Health Zone Report – March 2017

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The Health Zone was a themed zone, funded by Wellcome. Veasna is a PhD student studying how to help bones heal faster after surgery, David, the winner of this zone, is a Postdoctoral Fellow designing and testing medical implants and Claire C is a researcher working with doctors to better understand how devices such as stents for the heart perform in the body. Claire B is a lecturer researching ways that different cells can be used to implant into babies with heart problems, and Bobby is a PhD student looking at ways to use lightweight materials in bio-engineering applications.

The zone was mostly on topic and lots of students in this zone were interested in careers, asking about the engineers’ individual experiences of becoming and working as an engineer. The zone was quiet compared to the other two zones in March’s event, with a below average number of students logged in.

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Space Zone Report – March 2017

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The Space Zone was a themed zone, funded by the Science Foundation Ireland. Norah is a faculty member at the International Space University, Kevin works for Airbus making sure spaceships survive their trip and Jenny uses satellites to study the oceans and coastal areas. James, the winner of this zone, works in Japan making satellites and robots that explore space and Dominic is an optical engineer at the European Space Agency.

The zone was on topic, with students engaging really well with space and the engineers’ different areas of work. James was the most active in the event, making up over half of all live chat lines by engineers and, together with Dominic, accounted for over 80% of all answers in ASK.

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Space Zone Report – February 2016

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The Space Zone was a themed zone funded by the Science Foundation Ireland Discover programme. Ned is Director of the EurOcean Foundation working with satellites to study the oceans, Colin works at Airbus Defence and Space, Aisling and Laurence work for the European Space Agency and Niamh is a performer who promotes space science and engineering.

The zone had many busy live chats with most of the engineers engaging well with the students, discussing science and engineering as a career and the different routes they had taken to get into their current roles. Questions in ASK were focussed on the topic of space in general, as well as specific projects the engineers had worked on. Ned and Colin, the final two engineers, accounted for over half of answers in ASK and lines of live chat between them.

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