UCD VP Orla Feely wins 2015 EGA Distinguished Graduate Award
16 June 2015
UCD vice-president Professor Orla Feely was the winner of the 2015 UCD Engineering Graduates Association Distinguished Graduate Award, which was presented at the association’s annual dinner in the National Concert Hall on May 28.
The EGA Distinguished Graduate Award recognises a UCD graduate in active service who is making an outstanding contribution to Irish society. This contribution may be from a figure in the fields of public policy development or in entrepreneurship, manufacturing, information technology, research, innovation or job creation with a strong public profile who is a role model for young members of the profession.
Professor Orla Feely is UCD vice-president for research, innovation and impact and was chair of the Irish Research Council (IRC) from 2012 to 2015, which was established by government to support research across a broad range of scholarship including engineering, science, business, law, medicine, the humanities and social sciences.
During Prof Feely’s three years in the role, the IRC supported the work of more than 1,400 researchers and made 4,000 awards, about 3,000 of them in support of PhDs and master’s students.
Since becoming UCD vice-president, Orla has supported president Andrew Deeks in the new UCD Strategy 2015–2020. Only last week, the Taoiseach launched the latest UCD study, ‘Delivering Impact’, showing the huge economic and educational impact of Ireland’s largest university. UCD currently has 30,000 students, 13 per cent of them international. It has a total monetary value of some €1.3 billion to the Irish economy.
Orla qualified with an honours BE degree in electronic engineering in 1986. She then went to Berkeley University, California, where she obtained an MS and PhD in electrical engineering. She joined UCD as lecturer in 1992, graduating to professor of electronic engineering in 2010.
She became a Fellow of IEEE in 2009, a Fellow of Engineers Ireland by presidential invitation in 2012, a Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineering in 2013, and last week she was formally admitted to membership of the Royal Irish Academy – Ireland’s highest academic accolade.
EGA president PJ Rudden stated that “Orla Feely is a very worthy winner this year due to her success as chair of the Irish Research Council and in UCD as vice-president for research, innovation and impact. In UCD she has demonstrated her impact on research activity and output across all disciplines, including the very successful NovaUCD facility.
She has also highlighted the significant impact of UCD on the Irish economy. She is therefore an ideal role model for the engineering profession as a whole.”http://www.engineersjournal.ie/2015/06/16/ucd-vice-president-orla-feely-award/http://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Orla-11.jpghttp://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Orla-11-300x300.jpgNewsNovaUCD,UCD