Recognising Ireland’s Engineering Community in 2020
Ireland’s engineers make a huge impact on society.
Engineers Ireland wish to recognise the engineering skill and talent which was prevalent 2020 - from the ingenuity demonstrated by engineers who developed solutions to keep businesses, homes and society operating safely during the Covid-19 pandemic; to engineering education faculties, engineering firms, Local Authorities, medtech and other tech firms who collaborated to deliver innovative and sustainable solutions; and the engineering organisations who collaborated to deliver building and infrastructure work on time and on budget for the benefit of local communities.
Engineering Excellence Digital Series
Although the Covid-19 pandemic means that our black-tie formal Excellence Awards ceremony will not take place, we want to continue to recognise great engineering ingenuity.
Our new Engineering Excellence Digital Series, held in association with ESB, will highlight through short videos, the hero stories of six engineering companies or individual engineers who have shown excellence in engineering through their work in 2020.
Let us recognise your creative engineering endeavours and their impact on society
We wish to recognise all kinds of engineering skill and we are calling on our engineering community to participate in our excellence series and submit entries to our three open categories using a simple application form prior to the 16 September deadline. Entry is free and open to organisations who employ engineers based on the island of Ireland. Members and non-members are encouraged to participate.
On foot of review by our panel of judges, the six individuals or organisations (two per category) deemed to have put forward the most impactful projects, showing great endeavour and inspiration, and particularly in light of this year of challenge, will be invited to take part in our Engineering Excellence Digital Series where a representative from their organisation will be interviewed about their project. The video series will be promoted on our social media channels and highlighted by our Media Partners, The Irish Times and the Engineers Journal.
All entries shortlisted will also be invited to feature in future editions of the Engineers Ireland Engineers Journal and during our social media campaign in November.
November - A month of Engineering Excellence
The Engineering Excellence Digital Series will be central to our month of Engineering Excellence in November where the winners of community-based awards, including the Best Presentation 2020, sponsored by Beale & Co and Griffiths & Armour, CPD Employer of the Year and Chartered Engineer of the Year, who will also take part in the series, will also be announced.
In December, our members and the public will also be encouraged to cast their vote to champion the overall Engineering Endeavour of 2020. All those who took part in the video series will be included in the shortlist for Engineering Endeavour of 2020, sponsored by ESB.
Categories open for entry
There are three categories open for entry. All engineers, engineering firms, tech and MedTech companies, Local Authorities, Third Level Institutions and organisations that use the services of engineers, with a base on the island of Ireland, are encouraged to submit an entry using the application form below prior to the 16 September deadline.
Category 1 - Contribution of Engineering to the Covid-19 Response
This category recognises the recent endeavour demonstrated by the engineering community in response the Covid-19 pandemic. This category is open to individual engineers, engineering organisations, medtech and other tech firms, Local Authorities, Third Level Institutions and organisations whose services or product development relied or relies on the work of engineers.
Project participants may include professional engineers or third level engineering students. Your entry should reflect work that commenced or was put in place during the current pandemic in Ireland i.e. since March 2020 (and can be ongoing). This can include a prototype.
Within your entry, please reference the originality and ingenuity of the solution you provided and/or continuing to provide; the contribution to the Covid-19 response; and the ongoing relevance of the work. Any collaboration should also be highlighted.
Category 2 - Engineering Infrastructure and Buildings
This broad category is open to engineering organisations, including those within the Geoscience field, who have delivered an infrastructure project and/or building of national/ regional significance in the period September 2019 to the closing date for entries, 16 September 2020.
We welcome both small and large project entries completed by engineering teams in Ireland or Irish teams who have worked overseas. Collaboration among different organisations is common practice on infrastructure and building projects, therefore we welcome joint entries to this category.
Your project entry should reference the use of sound engineering and scientific principles and practices; demonstrate the contribution of your work to the economy and/or relevant communities; and the significance of your project as a benchmark of Irish engineering.
Category 3 - Engineering Innovation and Sustainability
This category is open to individual engineers, engineering organisations, medtech and other tech firms, Local Authorities, Third Level Institutions and organisations whose services or product development relied or relies on the work of engineers. This category recognises engineering vision and creativity which have benefited wider society and environment.
Project participants may include professional engineers or third level engineering students.Projects could include innovative processes, services or products delivered (or in development) in the period September 2019 to September 2020.
Your project entry should demonstrate a visionary approach, including the originality and ingenuity of the solution; the value to the environment and/or society and the significance of the work as a benchmark of Irish engineering. Any collaboration should also be highlighted.
Get noticed by your peers, those who operate within the engineering sector and decision-makers. Submit your creative engineering endeavours before 16 September deadline. For more information, contact Anne Marie Clarke: firstname.lastname@example.org