Ireland and Europe’s largest educational engineering event enters its 30th year
08 March 2016
Pictured: Ms Emma O’Leary, Ms Nicolle Dunphy and Ms Kelly Lane, final year biomedical engineering degree students, CIT, demonstrate their capstone project on – Piglet Mortality Reduction – Automatic Pig Milking Device Design and Development – which was a finalist at the Engineers Ireland Innovative Student of the Year Awards and a CIT ‘Student Inc’ Rubicon Centre supported campus student company €5,000 grant, serviced office, lab space and mentoring as a Start-up Intern Project Summer
Now entering its 30th year, the Cork Mechanical, Manufacturing and Biomedical Engineering Exhibition, organised by the School of Mechanical and Process Engineering at CIT, will take place in the magnificent setting of the Nexus Hall and surrounding environs on the Bishopstown campus of CIT in April of this year.
- 30th Annual Cork Mechanical, Manufacturing and Biomedical Engineering Exhibition
- Thursday 28th April 2016 2.00pm to 8.30pm
- Nexus Hall, Student Centre, Cork Institute of Technology
The exhibition serves as the primary showcase for undergraduate and postgraduate engineering and multi-disciplinary student projects, industrial research projects and industrial training facilities within the school and institute.
Growing from a level of circa 11 stands in 1987 to more than 200 stands in 2016, the annual exhibition is the largest and most comprehensive educational engineering exhibition in Ireland and Europe.
Interaction and cross-fertilisation of technologies and concepts between practising engineers and students and staff is actively promoted and facilitated. Engineering representatives from more than 300 indigenous and multinational organisations attended the 2015 exhibition. The fostering of industry and educational co-operation has been greatly facilitated by the exhibition, giving rise to a multitude of co-operative projects and promoting graduate placement.
The dovetailing of the exhibition with CIT developed core initiatives of multidisciplinary modules and projects, innovation start-up company internships, CIT Innovation Week and student prizes for innovation, are groundbreaking not only in Ireland, but are also unique in a European academic context to create the academic and institute structures designed to develop a highly effective college-wide student innovation eco-system.
The development of student communication skills and the integrated multi-disciplinary structure of the exhibited CIT projects are critical elements, which have been central and crucial to an unprecedented flowering of Irish student international and national achievement. The exhibition is a student centric, owned and driven event and its longevity, continuity, development, expansion and success arises from this student ownership and stewardship.
The exhibition also serves as a major promotional tool to encourage second-level students to consider careers in engineering and science with schools traveling to the event from all corners of Ireland. More than 1,500 secondary level students, large numbers of third-level students and representatives from industry and academia attend the exhibition.
The success of the exhibition as a major driving force in creating a student innovation eco-system is underlined by the recent creation of a 136-page pictorial compendium of international and national student engineering and innovation awards titled ‘First in Europe – First in Ireland – First in Innovation’, which may be viewed or downloaded here.
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