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DCU students win ESB Challenge, earn placement with the board

The scope of engineering has long gone beyond the language of mathematics, science and design, and has now been engaging the world’s problems head-on. With rapid technological developments occurring in many industries and increasingly complex issues debated across the globe about energy efficiency, information usage, automation, digital media, and bioengineering, today’s engineer must have sharp problem-solving skills and an uncanny ability to tackle the world’s most pressing concerns.
Recently, a team of DCU engineering students—Daraigh Eglington O’ Toole, Dylan Vincent Do Couto, Conor Patrick Meyler and Christopher Gerard Carragher—exemplified the strength of DCU’s engineering programme as they won third place in the 2017 Electricity Supply Board (ESB) Inter-Colleges Challenge at the Irish Management Institute (IMI). All team members earned a summer placement with ESB for making it to the Top 3.
The ESB Inter-Colleges Challenge is a gruelling, two-day competition designed for engineering and finance students “to develop innovative, creative, and commercially-focused solutions to real-life challenges.” Teams had to do research, design, financial analysis, marketing, and pitching to a panel of judges. Last year’s theme was about developing electric transport and electric heating technologies that will result in a low-carbon future for Ireland. A total of 36 students from nine colleges across Ireland took part in the event.
DCU’s formidable engineering programme offers undergraduate degrees in enterprise computing, computer applications, data science, common entry into engineering, electronic and computer engineering, mechatronic engineering, mechanical and manufacturing engineering, and biomedical engineering. With a good mix of classroom, laboratory, and industrial training, DCU’s engineering programme produces graduates prepared to shape the future.
 
 
 
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