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.