IT Sligo team wins Innovative Student Engineer of the Year award

Engineers Ireland Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Award 2016
Engineers Ireland Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Award winners Conor Walsh, Colm Morley, Shane Timoney, and Caolan Treanor

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13 June 2016 | 0

IT Sligo students Colm Morley, Shane Timoney, Caolan Treanor and Conor Walsh have won the Engineers Ireland Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Award 2016, sponsored by Siemens, and a prize of €2,000.

The winning design, Automatically fed post driver, allows tractor operators to drive posts without having to dismount, significantly improving the safety and efficiency of the process. Previously there had been no post drivers that are able to hold, feed and drive a post without the operator having to dismount the tractor.

Dermot Byrne, Engineers Ireland President, said: “Engineering is transforming how people work, live and experience the world. In energy, transport, health, water, the digital economy and more, engineers are at the heart of the endeavour to improve lives and living standards in complex environments. It is imperative Ireland can bring new techniques, processes and skills to all sectors so that we can compete on a global stage with our competitors.

“I believe the diversity and creativity of contemporary engineering is very much reflected in this year’s projects which span areas such as robotics, clean energy and mechanical engineering.  Congratulations to Colm, Shane, Caolan and Conor for winning the 2016 Engineers Ireland Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Award and praise to all of the participants in this year’s event who have acquitted themselves so well.”

Michael O’Connor, corporate communications manager, Siemens Ltd, said: “All the projects on show today have taken a unique approach to a challenge through original thinking, technical excellence and hard-work. Developing close links with leading educational institutions and industry partners is a key part of Siemens’ innovation strategy.

“The Engineers Ireland Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Award is a valued initiative in this regard and challenges students to think conceptually and strategically. Competitions such as this are invaluable to companies such as Siemens, helping us to reach tomorrow’s talent.”

Runner-up projects included a human-powered washing machine, an advanced limb prosthesis, a clean-energy inflatable tower, a flexible robotic arm and a safe-release building hook were other projects also short listed for the final, which was sponsored by Siemens.

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