On 12th December 2013 the Irish Academy of Engineering published the IAE/Intel Labs Europe Lecture Series on “Engineering Research and Innovation”
- IAE/Intel Labs Europe Lecture Series on Engineering Research and Innovation
It was decided by the Academy, following their report “Engineering Research and Irish Economic Development (Dec. 2010)”, that for the greater promotion of its findings and recommendations, to invite four distinguished engineers who have made their names in the international world of engineering innovation, to participate in this lecture series on the topic of Engineering Research and Innovation. The Academy has been greatly honoured, and our Irish society greatly enlightened, to have the following participate in this lecture series:• Mr. Justin Rattner, Chief Technical Officer of the Intel Corporation USA
• Professor Michael Kelly, Prince Philip Professor of Technology at the University of Cambridge
• Professor John V. McCanny, Director of the Institute of Electronics Communications and Information Technology (ECIT), Queen’s University Belfast
• Professor Henning Kagermann, President of National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)
This particular publication focuses on the vital role of research in industrial innovation and identifies the specific contributions which the various sectors make:-
1. Government through its fundamental strategies and its agencies.
2. Industry with its interaction with the research programmes of engineering schools.
3. The engineering schools which promote the innovation of undergraduate courses and in their research topics.
4. The speakers, each of whom is of the highest international standards and who came to Ireland to give these lectures and share their views with us.
The lecture series was launched by the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, T.D. in University College Dublin in October 2011 and the lectures were delivered at university venues in Belfast and in Dublin over the academic year 2011/2012. The Minister again then kindly launched this publication on 12th December 2013 at the Engineers Ireland offices in Dublin.
The Academy believes that they merit a wider audience than they had in Ireland, great indeed though it was, and accordingly, it is pleased to launch them on the World Wide Web for the benefit of the international audiences which these lectures deserve and where they will be appreciated.
- Engineering Research in Irish Economic Development
This paper was prepared by a taskforce organised by the Irish Academy of Engineering. The paper highlights the importance of Engineering Research to the future success of the Irish economy. The paper recommends that the overriding criterion for the Government’s research funding should be the impact of the research on the economy, in the short to medium term. The paper also addresses the need for greater collaboration between universities, research institutes and institutes of technology, through the establishment of Engineering Research Platforms in selected topics of national importance. It emphasises the need for much closer involvement of industry with the School of Engineering.