CEIA-Tyndall HighTechElec TY TechnoDen Winners 2018 W1

2018 Week 1 TechnoDen Winners were Aideen Murphy, Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty, Ibrahim Salih, Presentation Brothers College, Mardyke, Cork and Laura Cosgrave, Midleton College, pictured with Alida Zauers of Tyndall National Institute.

The Transition Year students competed against 6 other teams presenting their idea – BOREAS, a new type of smart fridge – to Hugh Smiddy, Dr James Rohan & Julie Dorel of Tyndall.

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Exploring Electronics UCC PDE Teacher Training @CIT

Exploring Electronics 2017 at CIT

29Nov17   In the 13th year of cooperation between UCC and the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at the Cork Institute of Technology, 24 Professional Diploma in Education Student Teachers and Irish Science Teachers Association (ISTA) teachers, have received Certificates of Achievement after completing a 5-week introductory course to electronics.

Sean Moran1 Nov 2017

With significant backing from the Electronics and Microelectronics industry locally and nationally and in particular from CEIA.ie, Cork’s Technology Network, the training programme is based on the ‘Exploring Electronics’ Transition Year Module developed at CIT and is aimed at de-mystifying electronics in the Second Level Class room. It introduces the theory and practice of Electronics Circuit design using practical teaching aids and concise lessons.  The module includes links with the Junior Certificate Science Curriculum and aims to provide a useful resource that will support teachers who want to introduce their students to electronics in a very practical way.

Sean Moran, CEIA Chairman said, “We are delighted to support this initiative and thank our member companies who sponsor this course. Teachers can have a great influence in the lives of their students and this Transition Year course will give students an appreciation of the role of electronics in everyday life. The course will also give teachers the tool kit to support a Transition Year electronics module”.

The course is made possible by the ongoing cooperation between Dr Declan Kennedy, Senior Lecturer in Science Education at UCC, Dr Joe Connell, John Harrington, Noel Sharpe and Valerie Maloney of the Department of Electronic Engineering at CIT, Dr Eamon Connolly, CEIA and Second-Level Physics teachers Rosemarie Ferriter, Sean Finn and Sean Roberts.


Thurs Sept 21st from 7:30am (sharp) to 9:30am in the CETB premises on Rossa Ave. (Map CETB)

We continue with our 2017 theme: ‘Reinvention, Continuous Improvement and Innovation’

Today we stand on the cusp of a fourth industrial  revolution; one which promises to marry the worlds of production and network connectivity in an “Internet of Things”

INDUSTRIE 4.0 represents a paradigm shift from “centralized” to “decentralized” production – made possible by technological advances which constitute a reversal of conventional production process logic. Simply put, this means that industrial production machinery no longer simply “processes” the product, but that the product communicates with the machinery to tell it exactly what to do. INDUSTRIE 4.0 connects embedded system production technologies and smart production processes to pave the way to a new technological age which will radically transform industry and production value chains and business models (e.g. “smart factory”)

Arnold Industries is now a part of the Bossard Group, whose company headquarters are in Zug, Switzerland. Bossard is a global network of companies with more than 2,100 employees in over 75 locations and carefully selected international partners in all regions of the world. Their drive for excellence and innovation has led to steady growth and market success for more than 180 years.

Marion Keller from Bossard Group in Switzerland will present to us at our breakfast meeting and will share with us  a

  • Brief  introduction to Bossard and its history,
  • How ‘Industrie 4’ impacts our Manufacturing Supply Chain,
  • Challenges in the connected industry and
  • Smart Factory Logistics as an innovative 4.0 approach.

Jerry Sweeney, CEO of CIX will give us a brief talk on the IOT Testbed, hosted within his facility. Dell EMC in conjunction with CIT have an IOT Testbed which is available FOC, subject to a qualification process, to companies trialling IOT applications.CIX hosts the kit in its data centre. Horner are an example of a company that have used the testbed. The testbed is part of the IIC Consortium.

We will also have the opportunity to hear details on current STEM activities which the CEIA is committed to in 2017. These activities can be offered as a service fulfilling an organisation’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program. We will be seeking member involvement and support.

May 2017 Business Briefing

Innovation is the theme of our May briefing, at  DELL EMC,  Ovens, Co. Cork  on Wednesday May 24th 2017 starting at 6.15pm (sharp) – (Directions: DELL/EMC)

Mr Aidan Trindle, Vice President Global Manufacturing Operation at Dell EMC, has graciously accepted our invitation to present to us .

Aidan Trindle


Aidan will share with us

“The Dell EMC Innovation Experience”


Dell EMC is a member of the Dell Technologies unique family of businesses and serves a key role in providing the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect their most important asset, information. Dell EMC enables enterprise customers’ IT and digital business transformation through trusted hybrid cloud and big-data solutions, built upon a modern data center infrastructure that incorporates industry-leading converged infrastructure, servers, storage, and cybersecurity technologies.

Dell EMC brings together Dell’s and EMC’s respective strong capabilities and complementary portfolios, sales teams and R&D. They seek to become the technology industry’s most trusted advisor, providing capabilities spanning strategy development, consultative services and solution deployment and support to help our customers and partners drive the digital transformation of their businesses.

Dell EMC has three campuses in Ireland. Located in Cork, Limerick and Dublin our operations here are strategic global hubs for Sales, Services, Technical and Customer Centres of Excellence, Operations, IT, Manufacturing and Finance & Solutions Development.

Aidan joined EMC 23 years ago and is Vice-President of Global Manufacturing Operations, with responsible for the quality manufacturing of the entire suite of Dell EMC products, shipping to over 140 countries in the International markets outside North America. He leads a diverse and talented team, spanning the spectrum of manufacturing, from engineering, software development, manufacturing  operations, quality management, customer operations and materials.

A Computer Studies graduate from University College Cork he holds a Masters in Supply Chain Management, as well as qualifications from the University of Limerick and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants plus a Diploma in Data Business from UCC, a programme launched in 2013, which was designed by DELL EMC and SAS and run jointly by the Irish Management Institute and UCC.

After the presentations, there will be a networking opportunity with light refreshments served.

The CEIA would like to thank Aidan and the team in Dell EMC for taking the time to talk with us and generously agreeing to host this event on site.

To register please contact us at info@ceia.ie please state the name(s) of attendees & member organisation

SySTEM App-development competition – Winners announced

30Nov16   Glanmire Community College announced as winners of the inaugral CEIA App-development competition.


Teams of Transition Year students from schools across Cork presented their Apps to judges as part of the final of the CEIA’s App development programme – SySTEM. Based on the logic of George Boole, SySTEM required teams of students to develop an App for a game incorporating the true and false values of Boolean logic. Following careful deliberation, the CEIA – Cork’s technology network – today (Thursday) announced Glanmire Community College from as overall winner for their app ‘Are you codding me?’.

The App created by Glanmire Community College, ‘Are You Codding Me?’, is an educational reflex game that teaches the user about the dangers of overfishing in Ireland. The game has 5 different fish species that resemble endangered fish in Ireland. If the user catches an endangered fish, they receive a negative score – but if they catch a common fish they receive a positive score.

Colasite an Chraiobhin, Fermoy took home an award for best functionality for their App ‘SkyClimb’, while Colaiste an Chroi Naofa, Carraig Na Bhfear ‘PebbleBlast’ won best marketing plan. Students from St Brogans College in Bandon took home the award for best design for their App ‘Paddy’s Panic Run’.

CEIA provided training workshops for participating teachers and students over the course of the programme on Programming, Design, project management and presentation skills, as well as individual team mentors from companies including Johnson Controls, CIX, Horner APG, Cork Training Centre, CIT Boston Scientific and Tyndall National Institute. Each industry mentor provided their team with support and industry knowledge from the beginning of the App development programme, right up to the competition final.

“This is the first year of the programme so we are absolutely thrilled with the level of interest we have had from schools and teachers – but also from industry. We would like to sincerely thank our incredible industry mentors for devoting their time and energy to the programme over the past 12 weeks. We would also like to thank our judges – Brian English, Head of Software Development, Robiac Technologies; Michelle Donovan, Chief Operations Officer at Voxtake; Harry Moran, 17-year old tech entrepreneur and Dr Hugh Smiddy, Head of Business Development at Tyndall National Institute, for their time and dedication to the programme,” said Valerie Cowman, Skills and Education Chair of the CEIA.

“Coding has never been so important and we think that SySTEM is a fantastic and innovative way of showcasing IT, STEM and engineering as exciting and interesting career options to the next generation. Due to the phenomenal success of the programme, we hope to expand it even further next year to include even more schools,” she added.

October 2016 Business Briefing

Sanmina, Rathealy Rd, Fermoy, is the location for our October 2016 business briefing on Tues Oct 11th 2016 starting at 6.30pm (sharp)



Sean Moran,

Vice-President Operations & General Manager, Sanmina Ire.


 will share with us  “The Sanmina​ Story – 27 years in Cork”  

The facility in Fermoy is a state-of-the-art environment for manufacturing medical​, industrial, communications products​ and other high-quality devices. It is ​certified to ISO 13485:2003 for the manufacture of high-quality PCBAs, sub-assemblies and complete devices up to and including Class III medical devices.

Sanmina Fermoy is FDA registered and audited with 27 years​ manufacturing​ industry experience and provides a comprehensive suite of product services with an extensive offering of integrated manufacturing solutions for the entire product life cycle:                New Product Introduction (NPI), Prototyping, Process development and ​validation, ​& complex volume manufacturing & test, shipping and repair.​

Manufacturing for demanding regulatory markets requires ​precision and the highest quality standards. ​​Among ​Sanmina Fermoy’s key​ specializations​ are high volume ​manufacturing automation and process development for complex products.

The facility has a track record of 27 years of outstanding operational performance and customer service, backed by a highly experienced workforce.

Sean will share the story of Sanmina in Fermoy and the challenges/successes it has achieved on its path through

“Re-invention, Continuous Improvement and Innovation”.

After the presentations, there will be a networking opportunity with light refreshments served.

The CEIA would like to thank Sean and his team for taking the time to talk with us and generously agreeing to host this event at his facility in Fermoy.

Email info@ceia.ie if you or others from your organisation can attend

If you plan to attend on the 11th Oct and are travelling on the M8 from Cork city take Exit 14, then take the next 3 left turns. Following this route you will arrive at the plant and avoid getting delayed in the Fermoy town traffic. Note: Exit 14 is not the first exit  on the M8 for Fermoy.

 Map location: Sanmina, Fermoy

Sept 2016 Breakfast Briefing

For 32 years the CEIA has been “An active and intimate network for senior business leaders in the Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Technology arena in the Cork area”

The association remains a unique alliance, providing a formal, organised and trusted platform for its members who have the opportunity to make new business contacts, address common issues, liaise with higher education institutions on industry training and graduate profiles required to ensure the sustained growth and competitiveness for its member organisations.To develop on these strengths, which are unique in the Cork area and want to engage you and your business in the most effective method of networking possible.

To this aim we are holding a

Breakfast Briefing on

15th September @ 7:30am

CETB, Rossa Ave. (Map Ref: CETB).

This business Briefing will announce the planned CEIA 2016/’17 activities, which will be based on a theme: ‘Reinvention, Continuous Improvement and Innovation’.  

Presentations will include

  • An overview on Innovation,
  • Organistion Technologies from our newer members,
  • CEIA STEM activities, (which could be offered as a service to fulfill an organisation’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program).

E-mail  info@ceia.ie to confirm your attendance.

The only cost to attend will be your time which we hope you will eagerly provide on the day.

June 2016 Business Briefing

Flex, Dublin Hill, Cork, Thursday June 30th @ 6:45pm

is the location for our June 2016 Business Briefing


We are privileged to have


Micheal Martin

Mr Micheál Martin, T.D., Uachtarán Fhianna Fáil and Spokesperson on Northern Ireland 



attend an informal ’round table’ discussion with CEIA members.

Places have been kept to a minimum to facilitate participation & interaction.

We are extremely grateful to Jerry Fitzpatrick and his team who are providing the use of the Flex facilities for this event.


To assist networking a small buffet will be served afterward

Contact info@ceia.ie for further information.

April 2016 Business Briefing

TYCO, One Albert Quay, Cork, Wed. April 27th at 6.30pm (sharp), is the location for our April 2016 Business Briefing

 We are delighted to have:

Donal Sullivan, TycoDonal Sullivan,

Vice-President and General Manager, Tyco Ireland, Tyco International plc.

present on   “Growing a Global Business Services Centre in Cork” 

Donal is the Vice-President and General Manager of Tyco Ireland. He began his career as an engineer and has extensive experience working with multi-national brands, including Apple, Flextronics and now Tyco.

He has been with Tyco for 13 years and currently leads the company’s Global Business Services Centre at its global headquarters in Cork.

Tyco is the world’s largest pure-play fire protection and security company. With a $10 billion in annual revenue Tyco provides more than three million customers around the globe with the latest fire protection and security products and services. Tyco has over 57,000 employees in more than 900 locations across 50 countries serving various end markets, including commercial, institutional, governmental, retail, industrial, energy, residential and small business.

In January 2014, Tyco announced the expansion of its Cork operation, with plans to grow the workforce to more than 500 employees. The company recently relocated its headquarters to One Albert Quay, Ireland’s smartest building, where it plans to provide efficient delivery of several activities for its businesses, these will include: Sourcing and Procurement, Research and Development, Information Technology, Compliance, HR and Finance.

Speaking about One Albert Quay, Donal said “We are thrilled with the building; it’s a wonderful place to work and it acts as a talent magnet for Tyco and the region generally. We have deployed the best Tyco technology from around the world to make this a truly smart building. We get the opportunity to use the building as a test-bed for future development and it acts as a demonstrator location of Tyco’s offerings to our global client base.”

After the presentations, there will be a networking opportunity with light refreshments served.

The CEIA would like to thank Donal and his team for taking the time to talk with us and generously agreeing to host this event at its Global Headquarters.

Parking is not available within the One Albert Quay building; nearby parking can be found, On street, City Hall & Elysian Car Parks.

We are obliged by Tyco to provide the names of all attendees prior to the event, if your name does not appear on this list, admittance to One Albert Quay on April 27th will be prohibited.

Please contact info@ceia.ie to register attendance before April 26th 2016

December 2015 CIT Faculty of Engineering and Science Awards Presentation Night 2015

The CIT Faculty of Engineering & Science Awards Presentation Night took place at the NEXUS hall in CIT on Thursday 10th December 2015

CEIA sponsored 2 awards at the event:

2015 Electronic Engineering Student of the Year Award (Level 8)

– John Millard


Valerie Cowman (CEIA) presenting the CEIA 2015 Electronic Engineering Student of the Year Plaque to John Millard, with Matt Cottrell, Dr Joe Connell and Dr Michael Loftus (CIT)

2015 Electrical Engineering Student of the Year Award (Level 8)

– Colin Levis


Brenda Cooper (Horner APG) presenting the CEIA 2015 Electrical Engineering Student of the Year Award to Colin Levis, with Matt Cottrell, Dr Joe Connell and Dr Michael Loftus (CIT)

Also at the Awards Ceremony, Daniel Dransfield was awarded Best Electrical Engineering Student (Level 7)

DKANE 10/12/2015 REPRO FREE Recipient of Best Student Level 8 Electronic Engineering John Millard with Eamon Connolly, Valerie Cowman, CEIA and Dr Joe Connell at the Cork Institute of Technology Faculty of Engineering & Science annual awards in the Nexus Centre in the Bishopstown Campus. Pic Darragh Kane.

Recipient of Best Student Level 8 Electronic Engineering John Millard with Eamon Connolly, Valerie Cowman, CEIA and Dr Joe Connell at the Cork Institute of Technology Faculty of Engineering & Science annual awards in the Nexus Centre in the Bishopstown Campus.
Pic Darragh Kane.

DKANE 10/12/2015 REPRO FREE Eamon Connolly, Valerie Cowman, CEIA, Colin Levis, Recipient of Level 8 Electronic Engineering from Bantry, Bredna Cooper, Horner and Dr joe Connell, CIT at the Cork Institute of Technology Faculty of Engineering & Science annual awards in the Nexus Centre in the Bishopstown Campus. Pic Darragh Kane.
Eamon Connolly, Valerie Cowman, CEIA, Colin Levis, Recipient of Best Student Level 8 Electrical Engineering from Bantry, Brenda Cooper, Horner and Dr Joe Connell, CIT at the Cork Institute of Technology Faculty of Engineering & Science annual awards in the Nexus Centre in the Bishopstown Campus.
Pic Darragh Kane.