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CEO of Irish Manufacturing Research, Barry Kennedy, among those honoured by Engineers Ireland

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CEO of Irish Manufacturing Research, Barry Kennedy, among those honoured by Engineers Ireland

CEO of Irish Manufacturing Research, Barry Kennedy, among those honoured by Engineers Ireland
May 21
11:38 2024
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A number of leading Irish broadcasters, entrepreneurs, and academics were honoured with Fellowships of engineering representative body, Engineers Ireland, at a recent ceremony in Dublin’s InterContinental Hotel. Fellowships were awarded to 16 people who have made significant contributions to the engineering profession in Ireland, with titles being presented by the President of the organisation, Dr. Edmond Harty (pictured left). The awarding of the title of Fellow by Presidential invitation is a unique honour, in recognition of individuals’ contribution and ability in shaping, influencing and inspiring engineers and the future of the engineering industry.

Among those receiving the distinction was Barry Kennedy (pictured right), CEO of Irish Manufacturing Research, Ireland’s leading independent research, development, and innovation centre for advanced manufacturing. In this capacity, he spearheads the centre’s strategic direction, focusing on delivering innovative and sustainable technologies for industry, particularly in advanced automation and robotics, digitisation of manufacturing, and design for manufacturing. Prior to this, Mr. Kennedy spent 19 years at Intel in engineering and leadership positions.

Engineers Ireland represents more than 28,000 members and this year, almost 400 members have been conferred with professional titles such as Chartered Engineers at conferring events in Belfast, Cork, Galway, Limerick, London, and Mullingar. Chartered Engineer status is awarded for demonstration of consistently high competence and is widely regarded as a gold standard within the engineering profession. Chartered Engineers are awarded the title following assessment by Engineers Ireland, leading to the awarding of an internationally recognised seal of excellence.

Acknowledging the success of recipients of all professional titles this year, Engineers Ireland President Dr. Edmond Harty said: “All engineers conferred with professional titles stand as exemplars of our profession and will act as industry leaders at a time when Ireland needs engineers more than ever. I also wish to specially commend those named as Fellow by Presidential Invitation today, for the outstanding contributions they have made to promoting the value of engineering in Irish life.

“Our role as an organisation is, not only to educate, regulate, and advocate for the profession, but to drive engineering excellence and innovation. Challenges in housing, water infrastructure, energy, climate action, AI and digital applications all require engineers’ expertise and experience to navigate and engineers will play a central role in shaping Irish society over the coming decades by pursuing innovative and entrepreneurial solutions.”

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