Maynooth University opens new €20m innovation centre
13 October 2015
Maynooth University has opened a new €20.6 million innovation centre called Eolas, which will serve as a “research powerhouse” according to its president, Professor Philip Nolan.
Prof Nolan expects Eolas to drive innovative teaching methods, foster collaboration with industry and deepen a culture of ‘spin-out’ companies.
“As a hub for the fields of information and communication technology Eolas will break down the boundaries that too often exist between academia and enterprise—and between students and the world of work.”
Eolas houses two of the University’s world-renowned research institutes, the Hamilton Institute and the Innovation Value Institute (IVI); the Maynooth University Departments of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering; MaynoothWorks, the University’s new business incubator; and the University’s own IT Services.
The Maynooth University Hamilton Institute has an international reputation for cutting-edge research in ICT, using advance mathematics to solve difficult computing and communications and network problems. The Innovation Value Institute, a joint endeavour with Intel Corp., is a globally unique consortium of researchers and practitioners that examines how enterprises can maximise the business value of ICT.
“Whether it’s inspiring students who pass by conversations about the latest start-up on their way to class, or it’s a new company setting up shop near the students it hopes will one day fill their skills gap, Eolas is about facilitating connections and driving ICT innovation.
“This kind of magic only happens when people come together. From its functionality and design to the quality of the work going on under its roof, Eolas is becoming a natural hub not only for the University’s ICT academics and industry partners, but for the very robust ICT community within this region,” said Prof Nolan.
The Eolas building is located in Maynooth University’s North Campus and supported more than 300 jobs during its two years of construction. It is clad in bespoke perforated metal filigree inspired by the design of ‘punch cards.’ The building can accommodate 575 staff with teaching facilities for 350 students in labs and classrooms at any one time.
In addition, it has the capacity to facilitate 325 people in the various sized meeting and seminar rooms that are strategically placed throughout the building, together with informal breakout spaces designed to support collaboration between the institutes and departments based in Eolas.
Eolas features state-of-the-art IT facilities, including a highly-available 10 Gbps internet connection, 3,000 network points and WiFi capacity for more than 1,000 simultaneous users. Its modern lay-out is designed to facilitate interaction and spur new research and commercialisation activities, with 14 ‘hot desks,’ two bio wet labs, high-tech conference rooms and classrooms, laboratories and informal conversation spaces.http://www.engineersjournal.ie/2015/10/13/maynooth-university-opens-new-e20m-innovation-centre/http://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Eolas.jpghttp://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Eolas-300x300.jpgNewseducation,ICT,innovation,NUI Maynooth,research