Professor Gerald Farrell
The school currently delivers programmes to over 1200 students and, along with a number of well-established research centres in areas such as photonics, energy, antennas, communications and electrical power, it also has a broad range of research outputs in areas such as biomedical engineering, audio engineering, sustainable design and assistive technology and health informatics.
After the recent merger of the School of Electronic and Communications Engineering and the School of Electrical Services Systems (as part of a larger scale college restructuring), Head of School Professor Gerald Farrell will now lead SEEE into the future as a key contributor to the electrical and electronic engineering sector in Ireland.
Engineering education — Professor Farrell believes “that engineers of the future will have to be ‘T-shaped’ thinkers, that is deep in one field but also able to work across a wide range of fields. Career paths have become less linear and the days of specialising in one field only are gone”.
This November, Proessor Farrell will congratulate over 350 graduates from the school as they receive their qualifications in programmes such as electrical and electronic engineering, energy management, electronics and communications, networking technologies, electrical and power engineering and computer and communications engineering.
He is also very aware that as these graduates begin their careers that new professions are emerging all the time and by the time the current first year students graduate, their employability skills must be compatible with the new demands of industry.
Professor Farrell states: “Engineering is vital to a successful and sustainable industry base in Ireland. Furthermore, so much rests on the shoulders of these future generations of engineers that we must give them the best possible foundation to their professional lives. To do this, engineering programmes must keep pace with the changing requirements of industry, with the responsibility lying in the hands of industry and colleges where strong collaboration is needed”.
Renewable energy, sustainability, low carbon technologies and energy management are just some of these new emerging professions. For professionals to gain a qualification in these areas graduates are returning to college to complete their masters to broaden their skill set. One of the most popular postgraduate programmes in DIT is the MSc in Energy Management provided by the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. This programme caters for graduates and professionals with an engineering or energy related science background who wish to pursue management level careers in the energy businesses.
This MSc combines energy technology with MBA-level business modules to deal with energy issues all the way to board room level. Graduates of this programme find themselves working in management positions in every area of energy. The major sectors are energy supply (electricity and gas), facilities energy management, sustainable building design, energy consultancy and renewables. Graduates are currently working in companies such as ESB, Board Gais, Eirgrid, Dalkia, SEAI and many other major players in Irish energy.
The programme is available on a part-time or full-time basis and it is accredited by the Energy Institute as a partial requirement for C Eng status. It is aimed at the green economy where a shortage of skills and qualifications has been identified. This programme is supported by a range of sophisticated research facilities e.g., a rooftop installation with a wide variety of green energy experimental setups, including PV and wind energy equipment.
The school is just catching its breath after hosting the 48th International Universities’ Power Engineering Conference (UPEC 2013). With over 200 delegates from more than 30 countries in attendance, Dr Michael Conlon from SEEE led this event and acted as conference chair. This conference provided a major international forum for the presentation, discussion and exchange of information and research outputs concerning new trends in electrical power engineering. It was co-hosted by the DIT Electrical Power Research Centre (EPRC) and the Dublin Energy Lab (DEL) at DIT.
The new school is embarking on a process of strategic planning over the coming months aimed at strengthening its position as a recognised premier provider in undergraduate and postgraduate education in the electrical and electronic engineering fields, while continuing to excel nationally and internationally in selected research areas and by building stronger collaborations with industry partners.
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