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World Skills October 2017

The Irish team travelled to Abu Dhabi to compete in the 44th World Skills Competition in October 2017.  Both the completion and weather were hot and tough. This is a major bi-annual event hosting over 1,300 young adults in 51 competitions representing 59 Nations.   DIT sent 14 young competitors to compete in everything from Restaurant Service to Aircraft Maintenance.  Of interest to the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering were the Industrial Control and Electrical Installations competitions.  There are also competitions in Mobile Robotics, Electronics, Information Network Cabling, IT Network Systems Administration which offer possibilities for the School in the future.

Ireland was also represented at the youth forum by current DT021A student Martin Tully who previously completed in the World Skills competition.

 

The competition days were 15th to 18th October inclusive. The competitions themselves were tough on all competitors as they had to deal with with high tempeatures and large crowds (over 100,000 people) which included local royalty, international government ministers and officials along with leaders from global industries including Samsung and Siemens. There were also a large number of schools and colleges in attendence.

Both Paul Marah and Colm Agnew from SEEE were involved in the training and mentoring two of the Irish competitors. Paul worked with Kevin Hough in the Electrical Installations competition, while Colm worked with Brendan Muldowney in the Industrial Control competition.  Both competitors competed well in their respective areas but were unsuccessful on this occasion.  There is no doubt that both will have gained invaluable life experiences from the competition and hopefully renewed ambition to succeed in their future careers.

 

Both competitions were 22 hours in duration over the four days with a mix of installation, circuit design, fault-finding and programming involved for both.  For more information on the World Skills and the full range of competitions available see the website at www.worldskills.org. The organisation is continually evolving with new competitions being added frequently.

Kevin at World Skills 2017

Brendan at World Skills 2017

Intel Women in Technology Award for SEEE Student

Dublin Institute of Technology and Intel Ireland Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 26 September 2017 to establish a strategic partnership that will undertake a varied programme of activity in a number of key areas of mutual interest. The MoU was signed by DIT President, Professor Brian Norton and Eamonn Sinnott, Vice President and General Manager at Intel Ireland at the ESHI Greehway Hub Building in Grangegorman. Ms Annie Dobbyn, SEEE student in DT021A Year 3, was also presented with the Intel Women in Technology Award by Eamonn Sinnott.  Annie was presented with award as the top Level 7 female student in Science and Engineering in the 2016/17 academic year.

Prof Brian Norton, DIT President, Eamonn Sinnott, Vice President and General Manager of Intel Ireland and Ms Annie Dobbyn, DT021A/3 Student

Thomas Woolmington wins Best Innovation Award at National Ploughing Championships

Congratulations to Thomas Woolmington who was awarded the Best Innovation Award for Research Emerging from Third Level Education at the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore, Co Offaly. Thomas is a Lecturer in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and together with DIT Hothouse he beat off stiff competition from other Enterprise Ireland and Irish Farmers Journal Innovation Arena competitors. DIT Hothouse’s Senior Innovation Portfolio Manager, Paul Maguire said, “We are delighted to receive this award which acknowledges the high quality technology from the Dublin Institute of Technology and Thomas Woolmington. These awards truly recognise and credit the contribution that DIT’s agriculture technology is making to farming in Ireland.” 

 

Linda Moloney (DIT Hothouse), Thomas Woolmington (DIT), Kieran O’ Connell (DIT Hothouse) and Frances Fitzgerald, Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation 

DIT’s Inventor Thomas Woolmington said: “It was a real honour to be involved in the awards let alone receive the Best Innovation Award for Research Emerging from Third Level Education. I enjoyed the whole process from start to finish. I would like to thank DIT Hothouse and Kieran O’Connell for their assistance.”  DIT Hothouse’s Licencing Executive, Kieran O’Connell said, “This new farming technology - ‘The Slurry Solver’ - offers a new, low-cost approach for cattle farmers to improve health and safety around tanks, to capture and use renewable energy and to improve the quality and lessen the environmental impact of slurry on their farms. It highlights that agriculture technology is not just limited to traditional rural universities and colleges but is at the forefront of the Dublin Institute of Technology as well.” DIT are actively seeking an established industry player to assistant to bring The Slurry Solver to market.

 

Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development , Kieran O’ Connell (DIT Hothouse) and Thomas Woolmington (DIT)

Further details on this win by Thomas are available on the DIT Hothouse Webiste.

 CIBSE SDAR* 2017 Awards

 The 7th Annual SDAR* Awards Final was held on 30 March 2017 in DIT Kevin St. The event was organised and hosted by both the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the School of Multidisciplinary Technologies. The event is sponsored by John Sisk & Son and is supported by BS news. The winner was Paul Wynne of Callaghan Engineering and a graduate of the BSc in Electrical Services and Energy Management, SEEE - DIT. The title of Paul’s research paper was Energy Audit of a Fitness/Leisure Centre and considered potential energy reduction in a gym environment. The two runners-up were Áine Doyle of OCSC (Improvement of Thermal Performance in a Historic Building) and Eoghan Hickey of Callaghan Engineering (Methods of Arc Flash Hazard Mitigation Techniques in Low Voltage Systems)

 

Paul Wynne, Callaghan Engineering (Winner), Áine Doyle, OCSC (Runber-up) Eoghan Hickey, Callaghan Engineering (Runner-up) 

 

The SDAR* awards promotes collaboration between industry and academic institutions. The objective is to encourage applied research and ensure quality and value in innovation projects. The more research papers and post occupancy evaluations undertaken, the more sustainable design and energy efficacy in future and existing buildings can be encouraged.

The role of CIBSE in this regard, is to facilitate this process and disseminate the findings. The event was opened by Mr. Michael McDonald (lecturer in SEEE-DIT & CIBSE). The event was closed by David Doherty, Business Development Director with T Bourke and former Chairman of CIBSE Ireland. The expert judging panel consisted of Kevin Gaughan (Chairman) (DIT), David Doherty (CIBSE and T Bourke) and Gerry Farrelly (SEEE-DIT).

SEEE Student, Ronan Marah wins IET (Ireland) Competition

The IET is one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community, with more than 150,000 members in 127 countries and offices in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. The IET Ireland Network host events, lectures and site visits throughout Ireland each year. These events offer members and non-members an opportunity to network and interact with others across their industry and allows them to keep up to speed with new developments spanning various engineering and technology based sectors. The IET provides both a local and global knowledge network to facilitate the exchange of ideas and promote the positive role of science, engineering and technology in the world.

The Present Around the World competition offers the chance to final year undergraduate students and young engineers between the ages of 18 and 30 to develop their presentation skills on a national and international stage by presenting on an engineering or technology related topic.

The finalists this year were:

David Linehan a young engineer with Eirgrid with his paper titled: “Europe’s future power system; What will it look like?”

Ronan Marah a final year electrical engineering student in DIT with his paper titled; “Enhancing energy savings by using technologies to implement good lighting when upgrading systems”

Shaun Sweeney a masters student from UCD with his paper titled; “ Services that electric bikes can provide in SMART cities”

The competition looks to promote effective communication which is essential within the engineering and technology sector. Appreciating the importance of delivering clear, concise key messages to the audience and adapting the presentation style to suit the listeners is a lesson worth learning. This competition is an opportunity to promote and highlight important skills and competencies that will help young engineers prepare for potential employment opportunities and career development.

The IET Ireland Network finals took place on Thursday, 2 March 2017 in the Alexander Hotel in Dublin. Despite tough competition, Ronan Marah from the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering in DIT was announced the winner.  Andrew Keogh of Aristo made the presentation. Ronan will receive a cash award from the IET and go on to represent Ireland at the European regional finals this summer in Dubai.  If successful at the European regional finals he will then go on to the world finals to be held in London later this year.

We would like to congratulate Ronan and wish him the best of luck in Dubai and continued success.

Emma Fagan (EirGrid), Shaun Sweeny (DCU), Andrew Keogh (Aristo), Ronan Marah (DIT), David Linehen (EirGrid), Chris McLouglin (IET), Dr. John Ging (IET) 

Workshop on Wearable and Implantable Antennas and Propogation

The Antenna & High Frequency Research Centre, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, DIT and the Centre for Wireless Innovation, ECIT Institute, Queen’s University, Belfast are co-hosting a workshop on Wearable and Implantable Antennas and Propagation. The workshop takes place in the ECIT Institute, Queens Road, Belfast, UK on 16th March 2017. Keynote speakers include Professor Koichi Ito, Life Fellow IEEE, Professor Emeritus and Visiting Professor at the Center for Frontier Medical Engineering, Chiba University, Japan and Professor Yang Hao, Fellow IEEE, Professor in Antennas and Electromagnetics at Queen Mary, University of London.

Event website: https://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/ECIT/Events/WorkshoponWearableandImplantableAntennasandPropagation.html

The School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering is home to many research centres and groups which are active in fields of medical engineering research including:

  • Microwave Imaging for Cancer Detection
  • Body Area Networks
  • Biomedical Signal Engineering
  • Human-machine Interfaces
  • Assistive Technology
  • Health Informatics
  • RF Hyperthermia
  • RF Ablation

SEEE Annual Awards Night, 2 March 2017

The School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering held it annual Academic Awards Evening on Thursday 2 March 2017 in the Gleeson Hall, DIT Kevin St. In all, 29 awards were presented to graduates from the 2015/16 academic year and to current students. The awards were sponsored by our industry partners who were on hand to make the presentations. Awards were made on all programmes and years and a number of Best Project prizes were also made. The picture below shows the award winners for 2015/16. 

2015/16 Award Winners at the SEEE Annual Awards Night

Opening of Greenway Hub, DIT Grangegorman

Research work carried out by Matteo Zallio, Damon Berry and Paula Kelly from the SEEE tPot Research Group on a "community-supported" CapAble microwave system made the RTE News as part of the coverage of the opening of the new DIT Research and Innovation building in Grangegorman. The Greenway Hub was launched on 1 March 2017 by the Minister for Education and Skillls, Richard Bruton TD. 

The idea behind the project is to develop a microwave that assists St John of God (SJOG) service users to cook independently using an Internet of Things-enabled Microwave. A user of the system uses a barcode scanner to scan a product, and the system downloads an interactive recipe for the user and microwave itself - to follow.

The project adopts a co-design approach in which SJOG service users and support staff are centrally involved in all elements of the design of the cooking appliance. The research project which is being carried out in cooperation with St. John of God Menni Services, incorporates the project work of SEEE students Modestas Jakuska, Adrian Maguire and Andrew Riordan.

Dr Damon Berry, Professor Brian Norton, Barry Cryan (SJOG), Sarah Boland (SJOG)

 

Dr Damon Berry and Barry Cryan preparing the Microwave Demo

School Hosts CANSAT Workshop

On 2 March 2017, SEEE staff Frank Duignan, Richard Hayes and Damon Berry hosted 28 transition year students who are competing in the 2017 the Leinster CANSAT challenge. The CANSAT competition is for transition year students, and each team must create a "satellite" that fits into a soda can. Each CANSAT device includes temperature and pressure measurement circuits as well as  transmitter circuits. Each CANSAT team is obliged to solder instrumentation circuits to connect to the Arduino based embedded system that controls the CANSAT.

Dr Richard Hayes (SEEE) with Transition Year Students during CANSAT Workshop

School celebrates 20th anniversary of Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions, an EU initiative to fund cutting-edge international research. The action, named after the Polish scientist who worked in France, supports early-career investigators who lead trans-national projects at universities, located in two different countries.

Dr. Adam Narbudowicz, also of Polish origin, conducts research at both the Antenna & High Frequency Research Centre in DIT and RWTH Aachen University in Germany, providing enabling technologies for future wireless Internet of Things applications. He was recently joined by Minister of State for Training and Skills, Mr John Halligan, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the grant scheme, which took place in the old library of the Trinity College Dublin. This gave opportunity for a talk with the minister, in which Dr. Narbudowicz shared some of his insights and ideas on the future of wireless communication in Ireland.

Dr Narbudowicz, a research fellow in the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering working on antennas & wireless communications is currently leading activity on physical layer security for the Internet of Things.  The school includes a module on the Internet of Things in its BE in Electrical & Electronic/Computer & Communications Engineering programme. The school is a member of the Ireland’s National Testbed for the Internet of Things “Pervasive Nation” and the Internet of Things laboratory benefits from sponsorship and support by Intel. 

Dr Adam Narbudowicz, a research fellow at DIT discusses future Internet of Things security with Minister of State for Training and Skills, Mr John Halligan

Engineers Journal Article by SEEE Student

Aisling Lee, a recent DT009 graduate and now a DT021 Year 3 student, recently had an article published in the Engineers Journal (published by Engineers Ireland). The article describes Aisling's DT009 final year project which concerned the design of a smart prosthetic arm. She was previously a finalist in the Siemens Innovative Engineering Student of the Year competition with the same project. The final took place in Engineers Ireland HQ earlier this year. You access the Engineers Journal HERE.

Annual SDAR Awards

The annual CIBSE Ireland SDAR Awards took place on Thursday 7th April in DIT Bolton Street. This event was organized by Michael McDonald of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, DIT.

There were four excellent papers presented, in what was described by the Chair of the judging panel (Kevin Gaughan), as the most competitive year since the competition began 6 years ago with all papers and presentations being very strong. This view was echoed by the other judges, Paul Martin of CIBSE/SEAI and John Mc Grory of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, DIT.

The competition this year was won by Dervilla Niall of the School of Civil & Structural Engineering, DIT. Her research on thermal mass behaviour of concrete panels incorporating phase change materials was a narrow but deserved winner. She won a €1,000 prize sponsored by John Sisk & Son and her paper will be published in the next Journal of Sustainable Design & Applied Research(SDAR).

The three runners up (each winning €250), in no particular order were:

  • An investigation into the cost optimality of the Passive House retrofit standard for Irish Dwellings using Life Cycle Cost Analysis, by Daniel Coyle. 
  • Hygrothermal risk evaluation of existing and proposed retrofit options for the junction of solid wall with ground floor in a typical Edwardian house in Dublin, by Benat Arregi and Joseph Little
  • Importance of Feasibility Studies for Grid Connected PV Systems in Ireland, by Andrew Hogan

Andrew Hogan, a graduate of DT010 BEngTech in Electrical Services Engineering and a current student (part time) on the MSc in Energy Management programme, presented on the basis of preliminary results acquired in his MSc. Dissertation, which he will submit at the end of the semester. (Further details on the CIBSE Ireland/DIT SDAR Awards are available HERE.)

Back Row: David Doherty (Chairman, CIBSE (ROI)), Padraic O'Connor (SISK), Kevin Kelly (DIT), Michael McDonald (DIT), Kevin Gaughan (DIT), John McGrory (DIT), Paul Martin (SEAI). Front Row: Andrew Hogan (DIT), Daniel Coyle, Dervilla Niall (DIT), Benat Arregi, Joseph Little (DIT)

SEEE Students Participate in Intel Galileo Third Level Competition

Niall Myron and Daibhead Denmead from Year 4 of DT080B BSc in Networking Applications and Services were finalists in the Intel Galileo Third Level competition on Friday 8th of April.  Their project is entitled "A security evaluation of the Internet of Things" and explores various aspects of the now looming IoT security problems.  The winning entries were from GMIT and IT Carlow with other entrants from IT Carlow, IADT and Dundalk IT.  Congratulations to all participants.

 

Niall Myron and Daibhead Denmead

New Promotional Video for DT035 BSc in Electrical Services and Energy Management

SEEE has released a new promotional video for the DT035 BSc in Electrical Services and Energy Management programme.  The DT035 programme is accepting Year 1 applications via the CAO for the first time in September 2016.  The promotional video provides prospective students and parents the opportunity to be informed of this exciting new programme and features interviews with current students and graduates from SEEE. The video can be viewed HERE.   

SEEE now in top 300 Universities Worldwide for Electrical/Electronic Engineering

The DIT School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering is ranked in the top 300 universities worldwide for the electrical/electronic engineering subject area.  SEEE is one of 5 Irish Electrical/Electronic Engineering Schools appearing in the latest QS University Rankings

SEEE hosts Student Academic Excellence Awards

The School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering hosted a very successful Student Academic Excellence Awards evening on 10 March 2016. Graduates from SEEE programmes from Level 6 to Level 9 were honoured for their outstanding achievements. As the largest school in the discipline area of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in Ireland, SEEE provides teaching and learning, research and external engagement across a wide range of areas and levels and exemplifies the ladder of opportunity that is central to the educational provision of DIT.  

Graduates from all discipline areas and levels within the School received industry-sponsored awards at the event on 10 March 2016. In total, 41 individual awards were made on the night. The School greatly appreciates the support of the event sponsors. The sponsors are as follows:

The School greatly appreciates the support of the event sponsors and this celebration will showcase the calibre of graduates from across the various programmes in the School. The sponsors are as follows:

                               ARUP                                   Bilfinger                  Centrecom

              CIBSE (Republic of Ireland)                  CréVinn                      Eirgrid

                            Interxion                           Maloney Family       Mitsubishi Electric 

                       Resourcekraft                      Rohde & Schwarz      Schneider Electric 

                           Sentenial                                   Vayu Energy

If you would like to receive a copy of any of the photographs of the night, please contact the School email address.

School Graduation Ceremony - 20 February 2016

The final Graduation Ceremony of the Academic Year was held on Saturday 20 February 2016 in St Patrick's Cathedral Dublin.  Four PhD students from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering were conferred with their degrees: Abraham Loutridis, Oisin Ó Conchubhair, Afshin Panahi (in absentia) and Fergus Sharkey. 

Dr Abraham Loutridis with Dr Patrick McEvoy, Prof Brian Norton, Prof Max Ammann, Prof Gerald Farrell

 

Dr Oisin Ó Conchubhair with Dr Patrick McEvoy, Prof Brian Norton, Prof Max Ammann, Prof Gerald Farrell

Dr Fergus Sharkey with Prof Brian Norton 

Accreditation of Level 8 BE (Hons) Degrees by Engineers Ireland

The Accreditation Board of Engineers Ireland, at its 2 February 2016 meeting, accredited two SEEE BE programmes to 2017. The DT021 BE in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the DT081 BE in Computer and Communications Engineering were both accredited as satisfying the education standard for the tiitle Chartered Engineer (Further Learning required) for programmes completed in 2015, 2016 and 2017.  The first cohort from the new BE in EEE (which is a follow-on programme from DT021 and DT081) will graduate in 2018 and accreditation will be sought from Engineers Ireland during 2018.  These will be the first ohort from the new common first year in the College of Engineering and Built Environment.

Details of the DIT programmes accredited by Engineers Ireland is available on the Engineers Ireland Website.

 

Cisco Academy Conference - Ireland & Northern Ireland 2015

The annual Cisco Academy Conference - Ireland & Northern Ireland was hosted this year by the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, DIT at our new campus in Grangegorman. Visitors were visibly impressed by the beautiful new campus with its tastefully restored buildings as well as the unusual surroundings of the multi-purpose space of St Laurence, a Catholic Church built in 1850, where the conference was held.

Cisco Systems is a worldwide leader in IP-based networking products and services related to the communications and IT industry. Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching is a certification program for entry-level network engineers and technologists that delivers the foundational networking knowledge to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks. CCNA-based modules will play a very important role in many programs in the new TU4D.

By offering networking programs and other computer-related courses, the Cisco Networking Academy Program has been supporting educational institutions, instructors and students from all around the world for more than 15 years. The annual conference contributes to that success by sharing best practices from the NetAcad Community among instructors, informing them about NetAcad curriculum and roadmap updates, and presenting new projects and concepts to appear in the near future around the Internet of Everything.

With presenters from the UK, Lebanon, Portugal, Spain, and not least Ireland, this year’s Cisco conference had presentations on a variety of topics of much interest to instructors. These included Linux, Cybersecurity, Wireless Mobility, Entrepreneurship, Virtualization, Big Data Analytics and technologies underpinning the Internet of Everything. There was also a presentation on CompTIA certifications, which provide global benchmarks for best practices in IT, and a talk on getting the most out of Packet Tracer, Cisco’s powerful network simulation tool which is free for Networking Academy students.

We look forward to hosting this event again in the near future.

Marc Khayat (Cisco Systems) presenting a Technical Update

Dermot Clarke (DIT), Marc Khayat (Cisco Systems), Nuno Guarda (Cisco Systems, Head of Corporate Affairs for the UK and Ireland), Joseph Kellegher (DIT), Jose Bernardo Lozano (Cisco Systems)

Electrical Services and Energy Management Students visit Aviva Stadium

Students of the BSc in Electrical Services and Energy Management (DT711/DT018) had the opportunity to take a guided tour of the Aviva Stadium on 23 November 2015.  The Aviva is the first stadium in the world to achieve third party certification of the Energy Management Standard ISO 50001. Aidan Byrne who implemented the standard and a graduate of the BSc in Electrical Services and Energy Management guided our current crop of students through the process.

Students and Staff from BSc in Electrical Services and Energy Management visit the Aviva Stadium, Dublin

SEEE Staff Deliver RoboSumo Module in China

SEEE Staff members John McGrory and Frank Duignan are currently delivering an Engineering Practice module, based on the RoboSumo project, at the East China University of Technology (ECUT) in Nanchang in China.  This arrangement is part of a agreement between ECUT and DIT which will see ECUT students complete their Electrical/Electronic degrees in SEEE from September 2016.  Further details on the delivery of this module are available here. The first task in the assignment was a race to a wall and back for each robot on the winning group was Chen Cheng, Zhong Tianyun and Han Kefan.

 John McGrory and Frank Duignan preparing to deliver the RoboSumo module in ECUT

Frank Duignan discussing the RoboSumo kits with colleagues from ECUT

Chen Cheng, Zhong Tianyun and Han Kefan

SEEE Success at the ESB Engineering Challenge

A team from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering recently competed in the ESB Engineering Challenge which was held on 29 October 2015.  This is a team event which pits teams from leading engineering schools against each other in a fast paced and challenging event.  The winning team is the group who have worked most effectively together to produce an innovative design which is pitched to a panel of dragon clients. The Challenge tests a full range of engineering and team skills including: technical understanding, solution research, innovation, costing and estimation, teamwork, design and packaging of a presentation for clients.

The DIT team comprised four students from Year 3 of the BE in Electrical and Electronic Engineering programme. The DIT was awarded second place in the Engineering Challenge.  

Emmet Clarke (DIT, John Connolly (ESB, Kevin Chubb (DIT), Darren McConnon (DIT), Luke O’Mahoney (DIT), Denis Kelly (ESB)

SEEE Graduation Ceremony - Dr Tony Grennan

Among the graduates at the School of Electrical and Electronic Graduation Ceremony on 17 October 2015 was our colleague, Dr Tony Grennan.  Tony is a lecturer in the area of computer engineering in SEEE and recently completed a PhD under the supervision of Prof Mark Davis.  The title of Tony’s thesis was “A Study of the Impact of Various Geometric Factors on the Capacity of Short Indoor MIMO Communications Channels“. The School congratulates Tony on this very significant achievement.

 

Prof Michael Conlon, Prof Mark Davis, Prof Brian Norton (President of DIT), Dr Tony Grennan, Prof Gerry Farrell (Director and Dean, College of Engineering and Built Environment)

 

Mr Thomas Freir, Prof Mark Davis, Dr Conor Downing, Dr Tony Grennan, Ms Ruth Coffey, Ms Paula Kelly, Mr Mark Deegan, Dr Andreas Schwarzbacher, Mr Niall Coakley

SEEE PhD Student Wins IET Best Student Paper Award

Kansheng Yang, a PhD student at the Antenna & High Frequency Research Centre (AHFR), School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, was awarded an IET Best Student Paper Award at the Loughborough Antennas & Propagation Conference 2015, for his paper “A Back-to-Back Beam Switching Microstrip Patch Antenna", Kansheng Yang, Xiulong Bao and Max Ammann (Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland). Kansheng is part of the CTVR/CONNECT Centre funded by Science Foundation Ireland and co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund under Grant Number 13/RC/2077.

Robert Allen IET, Kansheng Yang DIT and Professor Yiannis Vardaxoglou, Loughborough University

New Promotional Video for DT066 and DT097

The College of Engineering and Built Environment has commissioned a new promotional video for First Year General Engineering programmes DT097 and DT066 and it can be viewed here.

Community Based Learning Project at SEEE

This year 24 students from DT009 BEngTech in Electrical and Control Engineering Year 2 worked throughout Semester 2 with children from the Aisling Project in Ballymun and St Michael's Partish Youth Project in Inchicore to build and program Lego Mindstorms NXT robots to compete in a RoboSumo project. Over the 7 years that this community-based learning initiative has been running, 124 electrical engineering students and 140 children have participated. Each year the children come to SEEE at DIT Kevin St for the RoboSumo event and place their robots on the sumo arena to compete against each other. This year the competition was won by a robot called Evolve from the Aisling Project who beat The Terminator in a knockout competition. The project presents a great opportunity for students to develop personal skills and learn about communities while the children learn about technology and how engineering can be fun, challenging and rewarding.

Lego Mindstorm Robots Competing‌

Who's going to win? 

The group from the Aisling Project in Ballymun

           The Group from St Michael's Parish Youth Project with some of the DIT students(L to R: Colm Prendergast, Cathal Fitzgerald, Stuart Mather and Niall Kennedy)

Honorary Professorships awarded to SEEE staff at February Graduation Ceremony

Dr Yuliya Semenova and Dr Mark Davis, both from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, were awarded Hororary Professorships at the Graduation Ceremony on 21 February 2015 in St Patrick's Cathederal. The title of Honorary Professor is awarded to DIT colleagues whose academic achievements have been judged by their peers as being of the highest international standard.

 

Prof. Mark Davis, Prof. Brian Norton (President DIT) and Prof. Yuliya Semenova 

Engineers Week in SEEE, 10 February 2015

On 10 February 2015, to coincide with Engineers Week 2015, a team of staff from the school, led by Dr. Ted Burke, hosted a special one day Engineers Ireland-sponsored workshop. In all, 40 participants came from the following six schools:

  • St Louis Rathmines
  • St Colmcillles, Knocklyon
  • Loreto, Crumlin
  • Synge St CBS
  • St Benildus College, Kilmacud
  • Sancta Maria, Rathfarnham

After a short tour of the school facilities, the participants broke up into teams of two and got down to the serious business of building sumo bots. Following hours of frantic activity, by 3pm, the first working robots had begun to emerge. The workshop finished with an informal competition between sumo bots on the specially prepared Robo Sumo arena.



This event was part of DIT's contribution to Engineers Week 2015 and is intended to give students a first taste of the electrical engineering profession, and to experience what it is like to develop a working electro-mechanical system using off-the-shelf components.

The feedback from the workshop participants was very positive. Two of the participating schools have already signed up for next years event (funding permitting). Further information on this event can be found on the RoboSlam blog at http://roboslam.com

Dr Keith Sunderland on Drivetime, RTE Ra‌dio 1, 4 February 2015

Dr Keith Sunderland, Assistant Head of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, DIT, was interviewed by host Mary Wilson on Drivetime on Wednesday 4 February 2015.  Keith was interviewed on the recent announcement in relation to new apprenticeship opportunities and on DIT's involvement in apprentice education. You can listen to the podcast here.

Leslie Shoemaker and OCD Documentary on RTE 1

Leslie Shoemaker of SEEE was the lead psychology input for the recent RTE documentary concerning Obsessive Compulsory Disorder (OCD). This documentary examines the often misunderstood condition that is listed by the World Health Organisation as one of the ten most debilitating illnesses. The programme was screened on RTE 1 on Monday Feb 2nd at 9:30 pm  The programme represents 10 months of filming (Wildfire Films) and is titled 'OCD and Me'. The programme follows the lives of four people who have OCD, including a mother and son. The programme can be viewed on the RTE Player.

Signing of MoA between DIT and Electrical Contracting Organisations

Tuesday, 27th January marked an important date for the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and indeed for DIT in association with both the Registered Electrical Contractors of Ireland (RECI) and the Electrical Contractors Safety & Standards Association (ECSSA). This association was formalised by signing of MoA between both organisations and DIT and this date marks the conclusion of a process through which RECI and ECCSAI are now accredited to deliver DIT courses in verification and certification of electrical installations.

Both RECI and ECSSA are Safety Supervisory Bodies (SSB). In this regard, RECI and ECSSA are charged, by the Commission for Energy Regulation, to ensure that an appropriate system is in place to monitor the compliance of registered electrical contractors (RECs) regarding the requisite levels of training and competence for a Qualified Certifier of electrical installations. The DIT accredited course facilitates the educational aspect of this requirement, and successful participants not only receive a DIT CPD award (2 ECTS), but these RECs are also issued a qualified certifier number (QCN) from their respective SSB.

Originally designed in cooperation with the SSBs and in conjunction with the Electro-Technical Council of Ireland (ETCI), this course is currently delivered by RECI/ECSSA inspectors, thereby drawing on their experience and offering optimum context to participants in quality assuring this very important aspect of electrical building services engineering.

The DIT/RECI MoA was officially signed by DIT President, Prof. Brian Norton and RECI Chairman, Mr. Gerry O’Dwyer. Also in attendance was Mr. Paul Waldron (RECI General Manager) and representing the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Dr. Keith Sunderland. Prof. Norton also signed the DIT/ECSSA MoA with Mr. Mike Marshall (ECSSA General Manager) with Mr. Brian Moran (Director, ECSSA) in attendance. Dr. Keith Sunderland represented the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

l-r (standing): Dr. Keith Sunderland (DIT, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering), Mr. Paul Waldron (General Manager RECI), Mr. John Clare (Chief Inspector RECI). l-r (sitting): Prof. Brian Norton (President DIT), Mr. Gerry O’Dwyer (Chairman RECI)

 

l-r: Mr. Brian Moran (Director ECSSA), Prof. Brian Norton (President DIT), Mr. Mike Marshall General (Manager ECSSA), Dr. Keith Sunderland (DIT, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering)

SEEE Sumo Robots victorious at 2015 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition

DIT engineering student, Thomas Snella (DT066) won the 3rd National Robo Sumo Intervarsity competition which was held during the 2015 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. The final bouts of the competition were held in front of an audience of several hundred enthusiastic spectators in the "Robot World" arena in the RDS.  As a result of winning the Irish competition, Thomas will now go on to represent DIT and Ireland at the European Robot Challenge later this year.

Thomas Snella, Winner of the 3rd National Robo Sumo Intervarsity Competion and Inga Shcherbakova at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition

A cross-disciplinary team of DIT engineers (Seamus McLu (DT008), Aoife Redmond (DT009), Samantha Williams (DT021) and David White (DT006)) won 2nd place in the competition, while a team of DT021 electrical/electronic engineering students (Michael O Meara and Alex Herizon) made the semi-finals of the competition.

As part of the BY Young Scientist, a group of staff and students from SEEE (pictured below) delivered an advanced version of the RoboSlam workshop for undergraduate engineers on Friday 9 January 2015. The goal of this advanced workshop was to exhibit robot-building while helping undergraduate students from TCD, UCD and DIT (and some adept young engineering enthusiasts from Scoil Caitriona in Glasnevin), to construct and test miniature autonomous robots in advance of the Robo Sumo Intervarsity competition on Saturday. The SEEE group of expert volunteers collaborated on this venture with members of the Robotics Research Group in TCD.

 

 SEEE Group of Staff and Students at ROBSumo Workshop, (back row) Paula Kelly, Ted Burke, Frank Duignan, Shane Ormonde, John McGrory, Shannon Chance, (front row) Damon Berry and Ruth Coffey


The engineering activity at the RoboSlam workshop on Friday was viewed by hundreds of students and teachers who were visiting the Robot World exhibit in the Big Top at the RDS.  The RoboSlam workshop format is a spin off a the more extensive Engineering Practice and Design project which is part of undergraduate courses in SEEE.

Four carefully-prepared DIT robots were entered into the Robo Sumo Intervarsity competition, against an equal number of sumo bots from TCD, UCD and others. After 90 minutes of robo sumo bouts, the three DIT robots emerged as victors, with Thomas' robot winning the overall prize of a trip to Vienna to the European Robot Challenge. TCD Robotics, who were the previous winners of the competition, have vowed to come back in force next year for the 2016 competition which we expect will build on the success of 2015.

Success for SEEE at National Skills Competition

The School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, DIT has had further success at the National Skills Competition. Martin Tully has won the Industrial Control Competition and was awarded the ESB perpetual trophy. Martin undertook his Phase 4 training within the School while an employee of ESB and is now a DT009 BEngTech in Electrical and Control Engineering student in the School. Martin was mentored by Colm Agnew from SEEE who is a Chief National Expert in the area of  Industrial Control. Martin put in a sterling effort and after a gruelling competition came through as the winner. Other SEEE students who competed were Colm Pendergast (who also completed Phase 4 in SEEE and is currently a DT009 student) and John O’Connor in the Electrical Installations Competition (Phase 6 student in SEEE and employed by Mercury Engineering).  John was mentored by SEEE lecturer, Paul Marah. On a related note, Paul was recently elected as National Chief Examiner for Electrical Installations.

Colm Agnew (DIT), Martin Tully, Breege Tully and Lorraine Tully

Martin Tully (DIT), Colm Pendregast (DIT), Colm Agnew (DIT), John O'Mahony ( CIT), & Liam Buttler (WIT)

DT021 Graduate, James Kelly wins Best Project Award from ISA

Mr James Kelly, a graduate of the BE in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (DT021) in 2014 has won the Best Final Year Degree Award for a student specializing in the area of Automation, Instrumentation or Control. The Prize was awarded by the International Society of Automation (ISA) Ireland Section at the ISA Annual Honours and Awards event which was held in UCC on 10 December 2014. Mr Gavin Duffy from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, DIT supervised James for his final year project which had the title "Process Control and Automation of a Batch Reactor". James is currently a graduate Substation Design Engineer with ESB International. Dr Mick McKeever represented SEEE at the Honours and Awards event.

Dr Mick McKeever (DIT), Mr Alan Bateman (ISA Ireland President), Mr James Kelly, Councillor John Sheehan (Cork City CC)

Dr Mick McKeever, PI on Recently Completed DIT-IERC Energy Storage Project

Dr Mick McKeever, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, recently completed an energy storage project for the International Energy Research Centre (IERC). The project was funded by Enterprise Ireland. The photo shows Damien English TD, Minister of State at the Departments of Education and Skills and Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation With Special Responsibility for Skills, Research and Innovation, Dr. Mick Mc Keever, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering DIT and Prof. Tony Day Executive Director of the International Energy Research Centre (IERC) discussing the DIT-IERC project at the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Showcase 2014 in the Convention Centre Dublin on 2 December 2014.

Dr Mark Davis on Marian Finu‌cane Show, RTE Ra‌dio 1, 15 November 2014

Dr Mark Davis, Assistant Head of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, DIT, appeared as a guest on the Marian Finucane Show on Saturday 15 November.  Mark was invited on the show as an expert guest to discuss wireless broadband issues, specifically performance and security. You can hear the podcast here.

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