Enniscorthy & District Chamber teamed up with Taoglas to bring the Future of Engineering to Co. Wexford this Engineers Week 2018. Encouraging the students in County Wexford to engineer the Ireland of tomorrow a company tour at Taoglas last Saturday certainly fueled imaginations.
Engineers Week commenced last Saturday and runs until the second of March, primary and post-primary students, their teachers, and parents have the opportunity to explore the exciting world of engineering as well as highlighting the diverse career opportunities engineering offers. Taoglas a leading international, Enniscorthy headquartered, company with a one hundred per cent positive approach and a world-class way of doing things opened their doors early Saturday morning to a showcase with over fifty students, teachers and parents. Since their foundation in 2004, they have combined forward-focused technological thinking with a determination to understand and respond to the real needs of their customers. Their cross-cultural business-solutions approach combines research, design, production and customer support services across their world-class technology centres in Ireland, Germany, the US and Taiwan.
The students experienced a hands on approach of what it takes to deliver products with finished and custom external and embedded antenna solutions for ISM, cellular, 3G, 4G and GPS.
Speaking at the event Catriona Murphy CEO of Enniscorthy & District Chamber explained “Engineers Week provides an excellent opportunity to give young people an insight into the lives of engineers and how possible it is to follow in their footsteps to be an engineer of the future. Thanks to Taoglas the students had the opportunity to learn how antenna products make a difference day to day across the world and what exciting solutions this company is offering in problem solving our future. We also wanted to simply to students the route they can take to work within this global team.”
Melanie Golden Operations Manager at Taoglas outlined “Taoglas is delighted to host this exciting event in our global headquarters. We wished to explain to students how we function and how exciting the engineering career path is. This event showcases to us at Taoglas how relevant engaging with schools in our locality is and proves County Wexford has world class engineering career opportunities to offer to its students.”
Taoglas RF Engineer Baha Badran captivated the audience within the testing chambers, allowing students to step into the zone where their products are tested. The students learnt how Taoglas are innovatively working with 5G Automative products, wearables, medical and telematics. He explained how 5G innovation will enable an era of connectivity like never before. Students were wide eyed when he described proven and future experiences in autonomous driving, tactile internet, Ultra HD video and VR based immersive technologies. It was clear to see how Baha himself lives and breathes the world of wireless and internet of things. The message to all was clear Taoglas are continuously at the forefront of wireless antenna technologies.
Commenting in advance of Engineers Week, Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland, said: “Now in its 12th year, Engineers Week is going from strength to strength and we want to once again engage new audiences and showcase the exciting world of contemporary engineering in Ireland. Participating in Engineers Week not only benefits the community, it also yields benefits for the individual engineer, the organisation and the profession as a whole. Engineers have a key role in society solving global problems in areas like water management, infrastructure development, environmental sustainability, energy security and food supply. A career in engineering offers great diversity and I strongly urge residents in County Wexford to get involved and attend events in their locality” she continued.
Dr Ruth Freeman, Director of Strategy and Communications at Science Foundation Ireland, said: “Science Foundation Ireland is delighted to support Engineers Week 2018, though the SFI Discover Programme, under our commitment to make science, technology, engineering, and maths accessible to all. Engineers play a crucial role in the development and functioning of our modern society, from clean water to transport systems, the technology behind devices such as mobile phones and exciting areas such as bioengineering and biomanufacturing. By supporting this national initiative, we are encouraging in their everyday lives and inspiring them to explore career paths in these areas. I would encourage everyone in Co. Wexford to get involved in Engineers Week and experience this exciting world for themselves”.
To find out more about events taking place around the country or to register an event visit www.engineersweek.ie. As well as events organised by companies, third-level institutions and the public sector, teachers are also encouraged to run their own classroom-based activities, quizzes, and competitions. A full list of resources and activities are available on the Engineers Week Website.