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Engineers Ireland Presidential Address in London

Event organised by ICE

09 May 2022
18:00 - 20:00 BST (GMT+1)
Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
London, SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

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Join Engineers Ireland members at One Great George Street on May 9th as she gives her address “Saints, Scholars and Engineers: How engineering transformed a nation” to Engineers Ireland members in the UK

Ireland’s economic transformation over recent decades has been extraordinary in its scale, nature, and impact. Professor Feely’s Address will consider the many factors that supported Ireland’s transformation through sectors such as technology, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. It will focus in particular on the role of engineers and engineering in shaping modern Ireland, and how Ireland can now build on this.


18:00 - 18:30

Proceedings commence in the Palmer Room with welcome speeches and the conferring of newly Chartered Engineers in Engineers Ireland

18:30 - 19:15

President Orla Feely delivers her Presidential Address: “Saints, Scholars and Engineers: How engineering transformed a nation

19:15 - 20:00

Vote of thanks and drinks reception with the opportunity for Engineers Ireland to converse with their President


Orla Feely

Orla Feely

University College Dublin (UCD)

president of engineers ireland

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Orla Feely

Professor Orla Feely is President of Engineers Ireland, the professional body for engineers working across the full spectrum of the engineering profession in Ireland. Orla Feely is also Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact and a Professor of Electronic Engineering at University College Dublin (UCD).

Orla is from Dublin and her engineering journey commenced with a degree in electronic engineering from UCD, where she graduated with a predominately male class in the 1980s. After graduating, she moved to the University of California, (UC) Berkeley, where she gained her MS and PhD degrees and was awarded the David J Sakrison Memorial Prize for outstanding and innovative research for her PhD thesis. While at UC Berkeley, Orla also won the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award. Her research is in the area of nonlinear circuits and systems. Subsequent to her graduation from UC Berkeley, Orla returned to UCD as a lecturer where she taught a number of students who are now leaders in Ireland’s thriving technology sector, and others who have built their careers in Silicon Valley.

Orla was the first Irish woman to be elected a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, IEEE, – which is the world’s largest technical professional organisation for the advancement of technology. Orla is also a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, a Director of Ireland’s Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition and has served as Chair of the Irish Research Council. She was elected President of Engineers Ireland in June 2021.

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Thomas Compton