Engineers Week: An evening of inspiring ideas

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Join us for another Evening of Inspiring Ideas as part of Engineers Week.  From 7pm in TOG, we will have six speakers doing their best to inspire you about engineering with short talks.  The event is free for anyone to come along, no need to book.

Date: Wednesday  12th February

Time: 19.00

Location:  TOG

Cost: Free

Sign Up: None. Just turn up.


Details on the talks below.

Speaker – Greg Foley
Title – Chemical Engineering: Science, Art and TV
“You know what women are like; once they hear you have a PhD in chemical engineering, they’re all over you”. So said a minor character in an episode of the classic eighties television series, Moonlighting, the show that launched the career of Bruce Willis. Obviously the scriptwriters were being ironic and having a little chuckle at a profession that they saw as being the epitome of ‘nerdiness’. In this talk I’ll explain what chemical engineering is, why it involves more than just the application of science, why it actually has very little to do with chemistry and why the best chemical engineering is a wonderful mixture of science and art.
Links: educationandstuff.wordpress.com, dcu.ie

Speaker – Ciaran Donnelly
Title –  Wind Energy – Irelands Oil.
In my presentation I will give the audience a brief introduction to wind energy before  I discuss the different engineering disciplines involved in the construction of a Wind Farm from concept through to energisation. I will subsequently focus on the integration of wind onto the irish transmission and distribution system dealing with issues such as non-synchronous penetration and the ability of “Ireland Inc.” to export to international markets. I will also attempt to show how engineering as a discipline shapes the energy (and consequently economic) future for us all.
Links: www.eirgrid.ie (you can also download eirgrid app), http://ercrt.ucd.ie/

Speaker – Elaine Doyle
Title – Engineering Change
The talk I will be giving is about engineering and its possibility for positive change in the world. Engineering in a development context can provide people with access to cleaner water, better food, non toxic cooking methods and electricity, services we take for granted but are a vital part of everyday life. I will be speaking of my own experiences last summer in Guatemala as part of the EIL Global Awareness Programme where I helped manufacture a rainwater harvesting unit in addition to the work of Engineers Without Borders Ireland. You can learn more about EWB Ireland from the links below or join us at our annual conference on February 13th in Engineers Ireland on Clyde Road from 6.30. Registration is free until February 10th.
Links: Find Engineers Without Borders on the web, twitter and facebook. Find out more about the conference by email conference@ewb-ireland.org or facebook

Speaker – Eoin McLoughlin
Title – Intro to simulation: particles and clothes
Here’s a complete newbies’ guide to software simulation. We start from nothing, cover the theory behind how simulation is done and a little bit of maths to get us started. Next, we’ll get a basic particle simulation and try adding complexity to see if we can’t simulate a universe. Then, we’ll add even more complexity and hopefully we should be able to simulate some clothes. This is all completely safe to try at home.

Speaker - Liam OTailliuir
Title – Connecting the continents
Ever wonder how such massive amounts of data travel from one country to another. Easily enough across a land border, but what about when there are thousands of kilometres of ocean and depths great enough to crush all but the hardiest of research submarines?

Speaker – Conor McGinn
Title – hat Robots should look like and how they
should behave

The gap between what robots can actually do and what people expect them to do is a big one. This talk will explore how lessons learned in the fields of psychology, philosophy and social robotics can be used to help design and build better, more usable robots