The programme, designed by NUI Galway civil engineering lecturer Dr Indiana Olbert and delivered by university staff in partnership with Arup Consultancy, saw an increase of more than 40% in the number of female participants
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NUI Galway recently held its Transition Year Civil Engineering programme, which is open to all Transition Year students across Ireland. The programme is designed by NUI Galway civil engineering lecturer Dr Indiana Olbert, and delivered by university staff in partnership with Arup Consultancy.

This year, 44 students from 21 schools across Galway, Mayo, Clare, Roscommon, Longford, Westmeath, Limerick, Offaly and Donegal participated on the three-day programme.

Specialised, first-hand experience


The programme aims to provide a specialised, first-hand experience of the diverse and exciting opportunities an engineering career can offer, and showcases areas such as structural engineering, environmental engineering and marine renewable energy engineering.

Activities included lectures, laboratory sessions and practical workshops including the design and construction of a prototype lollipop stick bridge, with a prize awarded for best bridge construction. The first prize was awarded to the group of three students of St Enda’s College Galway, Ben O’Sullivan, Barry Murphy and James Parnell.

Dr Olbert said: “I want to pass on my passion for engineering to the next generation. Programmes like this enables Transition Year students to understand what engineers do and helps them to make good career choices.”

Now in its fourth year, NUI Galway’s Transition Year civil engineering programme highlighted a significant increase in the number of female participants at 41% – almost double the number from last year.

Mary Dempsey, vice-dean for equality diversity and inclusion in engineering and informatics at NUI Galway, said: “The substantial increase in demand for engineering courses by females is a very positive indicator.

“Engineering is a great career for women as we bring a different perspective to the world and it is important to increase and embrace diversity in our student population.

“Global academic leaders such as MIT have achieved gender balance in their undergraduate engineering programmes and NUI Galway is firmly on the right trajectory to achieve a similar balance through its Athena SWAN agenda.

“I highly commend Dr Olbert on her diligent work in making the Transition Year engineering programme such a success. As an engineer, Dr Olbert is a wonderful role model for prospective female engineers.

‘Numerical and physical modelling of surface water’


“Interestingly, her research area is numerical and physical modelling of surface water which is very relevant to Galway, bordered by lakes, rivers, canals and sea.”

With an extensive network of industry, community and academic collaborators around the world, NUI Galway researchers are tackling some of the most pressing issues of our times.

Internationally renowned research centres based include CÚRAM Centre for Research in Medical Devices, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Moore Institute, Institute for Life course and Society and the Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy.

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NUI Galway recently held its Transition Year Civil Engineering programme, which is open to all Transition Year students across Ireland. The programme is designed by NUI Galway civil engineering lecturer Dr Indiana Olbert, and delivered by university staff in partnership with Arup Consultancy. This year, 44 students from 21 schools...