Current and Past Presidents

Current and Past Presidents


Tony Smyth
2018/2019 President of the Academy. B.Eng., M.Eng.Sc., M.Sc.; C.Eng. FIEI; FIAE. Tony Smyth qualified with a BEng in 1975 from NUI, Galway (formerly UCG) and holds an M. Eng. Sc. in Engineering Hydrology also from NUI, Galway, and a M.Sc. in Strategic Management from University of Dublin, Trinity College (TCD). He is former Director of Engineering Services (Asst. Sec. General) and Chief Engineer, Office of Public Works (OPW), an executive office within the Dept. of Public Expenditure and Reform/Finance, where he was responsible for Flood Risk Management and for the Mechanical & Electrical service and for the Civil & Structural engineering services in OPW. He is currently Chair of the Infrastructure Committee Academy.
Brendan Tuohy
2017/2018 President of the Academy.  B.E, C.Eng,  MSc, FIAE, FIEI. Brendan Tuohy is Chairman of the Governance Committee of Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland (MAREI) , The Irish Longitudinal Study of Ageing (TILDA) , National Maritime College of Ireland Advisory Board and the Global eSchools and Communities Initiative. He is a non-executive director of a number of companies and non-commercial boards. He previously served as Secretary General in the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and as Assistant Secretary in the Department of Public Enterprise. He also served as Fire Adviser in the Department of Environment and Local Government and he commenced his career as Fire Prevention Officer in Cork City Council. 
Eoin O’Driscoll
2017 Eoin O'Driscoll, BE MSc CEng FIEI FIAE Chairman of the Tyndall National Institute. Eoin is a Governor of the Irish Times Trust, a member of the Board of Directors of the Irish Times Ltd, the Cork University Foundation. Eoin was previously a Senior Vice President with Lucent Technologies Inc. He served as Chairman of Forfas, the SWS Group, e|net and Shenick Network Systems and as a member of the Board of Science Foundation Ireland, Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience and as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland. In 2004 Eoin chaired the government Enterprise Strategy Group.
John McGowan
2015 -2016 John McGowan, BE MSc CEng FIEI FIAE Graduated from UCG, in 1970 and completed a Master degree in vibration analysis at TCD. Worked initially with Tipperary SR Council and then as a design engineer with Nicholas O’Dwyer Consulting Engineer and Jacobs Engineering on EPCM projects. The latter included the design and construction of a large potash plant in the Dead Sea valley and increasingly complex pharma and micro-electronic projects in Ireland and the UK. He project managed the EPCM of Fab 10 at the Intel development at Leixlip, after which he joined Intel. They sent him to their semi-conductor manufacturing plants at Oregon and New Mexico, leading to his appointment as GM at their Leixlip plant. He was later appointed Vice-President of the TM Group, followed by leading Corporate Services group in Phoenix AZ.After 13 years with Intel he left to join the firm of McNamara Construction as MD, responsible for multiple major commercial developments in Ireland, until 2009. Following this he took directorships in various engineering consultancies and pro-bono bodies such as Sligo IT Governing Body and CITA. He is a former President of Engineers Ireland and currently advisor to companies who are expanding outside Ireland.
Don Moore
2014 Don Moore BE, CEng, FIEI, FIAE Don Moore is a graduate of University College Cork in Civil Engineering. He is a former Managing Director of ESB International. He has worked on energy sector projects in more than 60 countries in Europe, Asia, North American and Africa. He is a Past-President of the Irish Exporters' Association.
Jonathan Hegan
2013 Jonathan Hegan MBE, MSc, DIC, CEng FIEI, FIAE, FICE Jonathan is a Chartered Civil Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland.He is a graduate of the Queen' s University of Belfast and Imperial College London.He has enjoyed a varied career, working in London, for a period of 9 years, with Binnie and Partners(now part of Black and Veach), Sir Robert McAlpine and Costain International and in 1979 he moved to the Middle East.There he worked with the Government of Oman for three years and then with Turner Wright and Partners(Consultants), before returning to Ireland in 1986 to work with Arups in Dublin.He joined Kirk McClure Morton(KMM) Consulting Engineers, Belfast, in 1988 where he worked with both the Private and Public Sectors. Jonathan became a Partner of KMM in 1992 and was appointed Senior Partner in 2000.He supervised the merger of the Firm with RPS in 2004 and was Chairman of RPS (Northern Ireland) until he retired in 2008.Jonathan is a former Chairman of the Institution of Civil Engineers(Northern Ireland) and Engineers Ireland(NI).He is the immediate past Chairman of the Titanic Foundation, the owners of the Titanic Belfast Building.
Dr. Tony Barry
2011, 2012 Dr. Tony Barry BE CEng Hon FIEI FIAE Dr. Tony Barry, a civil engineer by profession, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by his alma mater, University College Cork, in 1995 in recognition of his major contribution to Irish industrial development.After working as a civil engineer in a range of countries in his early years, he joined Roadstone and worked with them for 35 years becoming Chief Executive and subsequently, Chairman of CRH.Dr.Barry is a former President of IBEC. He was Chairman and Director of Greencore plc and Director of the Bank of Ireland and a number of other leading Irish companies. He has also served on the Children's Medical and Research Foundation, Co-operation Ireland and the Cork University Foundation.
Jack Golden
2010 Jack Golden BE MEngSc CEng FIEI FIAE Jack Golden has a BE and MEngSc from UCD. He has worked in the USA, Germany, France and Ireland in industries from metal processing to electrical appliances, food and building materials. He spent six years with Continental AG as MD of Semperit Ireland and subsequently of Continental Pneus in France. He is currently Group HR Director of CRH plc, which employs 80,000 people in 35 countries worldwide. He is a Past-President of Engineers Ireland and the Germin-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce and a Council Member of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce.
Michael Hayden
2008, 2009 Michael Hayden BE MIE CEng FIEI FIAE ESB Executive Director; MD of ESB International Chairman NCEA/FAS - EITC/NCVA Electronics Panel.
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