To commemorate its 30-year anniversary in Cork, Merck announces launch of the Merck Prize for Academic Excellence in Chemical Engineering, with a €1,000 awarded to the CIT fourth year chemical engineering student who achieves the highest marks in the core modules
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Last year was a special one for Merck in Cork. While Merck with headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany, celebrated the milestone of its 350th anniversary, the Merck Cork site celebrated its own anniversary of 30 years of operations there.

Merck site had a mere 35 employees in 1988 and today it has a staff of more than 700


In that time the Cork site has grown, through new technologies and increased capabilities, from a site of only 35 employees in 1988 to more than 700 employees today.

Merck’s anniversary year is not only a time to reflect on past achievements and history. It is also a time for looking forward to a bright future.

Merck is a vibrant science and technology company that is committed to giving back to our community, and to supporting the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Building upon this commitment, and to commemorate our 30-year anniversary, Merck Cork announced the launch of the Merck Prize for Academic Excellence in Chemical Engineering at an event at the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) on December 14, 2018.

This annual prize of €1,000 will be awarded to the CIT fourth year chemical engineering student who achieves the highest marks in the core taught chemical engineering modules.

CIT has its own connection with Darmstadt, having partnered with the University of Applied Science (UAS), Darmstadt since 2002. CIT and UAS have an annual collaborative research conference that alternates between Cork and Darmstadt with the 2019 conference being hosted by UAS Darmstadt.

The head of site operations in Merck Cork, Martin McAuliffe, said: “As a science and technology company, Merck’s 30 years of success in Cork is largely driven by the high calibre of our employees.

‘Key pipeline of technical talent’


“We are fortunate to be located close to leading universities and institutes such as CIT, as they are a key pipeline of technical talent that will continue to support our success into the future.

“Merck Cork is committed to partnering with the Irish academic community to support the next generation of scientists and engineers.”

Also speaking at the event, CIT president Dr Barry O’Connor congratulated Merck on its 30 years of successful operations in Cork and welcomed the Merck Prize as continuing recognition of the continuing relevance of CIT’s longstanding chemical engineering degree and the deep-rooted partnership CIT has forged with the pharma/biopharma and life science sectors in Cork.

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Last year was a special one for Merck in Cork. While Merck with headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany, celebrated the milestone of its 350th anniversary, the Merck Cork site celebrated its own anniversary of 30 years of operations there. Merck site had a mere 35 employees in 1988 and today it...