Cork tech network appoints new chair

Outgoing chairman Ernest Keeffe, Moog, with incoming CEIA chair Sean Moran, Sanmina

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19 February 2016 | 0

The Cork technology network, CEIA, has appointed Sean Moran, CEO of Sanmina, as its new chair at its thirty-first annual general meeting.

Moran takes over from outgoing chair Ernest Keeffe, general manager at Moog Ireland Ltd.

CEIA was founded in 1984 and represents high tech companies in the Cork region, providing a platform for member companies within IT, electronic and engineering sectors.

“I am delighted to have been appointed as chairman of the CEIA,” said Moran. “The CEIA is a very significant association for the high tech industry in the region, as it hosts a number of business events annually for its members, sharing best practice in innovation, engineering, market development and manufacturing; It facilitates a networking opportunity to make new business contacts, address common issues while liaising with local government agencies and higher education institutions on industry training and graduate profiles required to ensure the sustained growth and competitiveness of its members’ organisations.”

CEIA also provides on-going learning and transfer of knowledge for students with an interest in working in ICT, Science and Engineering through their education and schools programme. STEM programmes run by the CEIA, with support from SFI and its industry members include a robotics competition for schools, the ‘HighTechElec’ transition year work experience programme and free maths tutorials for Leaving Cert HL and the CEIA-ESERO Ireland CanSat Competition to name a few.

“Ireland hosts some of the best high tech companies in the world and in order for these companies to flourish there is a need to produce a highly skilled, capable and innovative workforce. The CEIA has been on the ground for the past eleven years working with schools in the Cork region helping to drive the STEM agenda through our fun, interactive and challenging programmes,” said Valerie Cowman, skills and education chair, CEIA.

The network works in accord with the Industrial Development Agency, Enterprise Ireland, Cork Education and Training Board, SFI, CIT and UCC, to ensure a sophisticated technological infrastructure is in place to enable industry to grow and prosper.

“We want to continue to grow these programmes over the course of 2016 to further encourage young people to consider the option of Engineering and other Science & Technology disciplines as a career option,” said Cowman.

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