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Engineers Ireland – Presidential Address in London

9 March, 2016 | 18:00 - 21:00

Engineers Ireland chance to meet with the ICE President in London.
Engineers Ireland chance to meet with the ICE President in London.

About this event

The address will:

  • Examine the 'grand challenges' of engineering.
  • Reflect on some contemporary thoughts by non-engineers on today's challenges.
  • Consider the extent to which Ireland might make a contribution to addressing the challenges.
  • Discuss why lobbying can be so destructive.
  • Consider whether an 'ideal engineer' can exist.

The Address will be followed by a drinks reception

Admission is free and all are welcome.

Booking is essential: Please book your place by the button below and Eventbrite website.

Nearest Underground station is Westminster on the Jubilee, District and Circle.

Event materials

The following materials are available for download:


Grimson, Bill BA BAI Eur Ing CEng FIEI

Chartered Engineer

William (Bill) Grimson, a native of Dublin, received his secondary education at The King's Hospital School in Blackhall Place, and his undergraduate education at Trinity College Dublin, graduating in 1970 with an honours degree in Electronic Engineering. He then emigrated to Canada and gained a Masters degree from Toronto University in 1973, researching the behaviour of antennas in the ionosphere.

Bill then joined Ferranti Ltd in Edinburgh, working for three years as a Research and Development Engineer in their Laser Systems Group. Subsequently, he took up a position as a lecturer in Kevin Street College of Technology which in time became an integral part of the Dublin Institute of Technology. He served as Head of the Department of Control Systems Engineering for a period of six years.

Bill's lecturing duties were focused primarily in the areas of digital signal processing, image processing, as well as field and circuit theory. His research activities were for the most part connected to the application of engineering paradigms, to health informatics and involved participation in a number of major European Projects.

Towards the end of his career in DIT, he was attached to the Directorate of Academic Affairs where for a time he was Academic Registrar before he retired in 2012. Bill is a past Chair of the Membership and Qualification Board of Engineers Ireland, and is currently a member of the Board of Examiners and the Executive Board. Bill served two terms as the Irish representative on the European Membership Monitoring Committee of FEANI (Fédération Européenne d'Associations Nationales d'Ingénieurs).

Bill is the Chair of the Health Informatics Standards Consultative Committee of the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI). He has published over 80 journal papers/reports/book chapters largely in the area of Health Informatics and Engineering Education. Bill acted as sponsor for the working group, drawn largely from members active in the Biomedical Engineering Division of Engineers Ireland, that developed 'A Proposal for a Protocol for Professional Formation and Development of Clinical Engineers in Ireland', and subsequently brought the proposal to the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE).

He is still academically active with a number of book chapters on engineering (with a reflective and philosophical emphasis) in preparation. Bill is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of Engineers Ireland.