Wednesday, January 22nd – Intel and University College Dublin (UCD) have announced the next phase of a strategic partnership between the two organisations. Their renewed commitment will see Intel and UCD work closely together over the next 5 years across three key areas: talent, research, and national policy associated with research and education.
The partnership includes a substantial investment by Intel in the development of an Engineering Suite in the new UCD Centre for Creativity, a landmark building at the main Stillorgan Entrance to the campus set to be part of the University’s Future Campus.
The partnership will also see a continued investment in students through scholarship programmes, outreach through Intel engagement with the annual UCD Festival, and a strengthened connection to the university through the appointment of an Intel Adjunct Professor at UCD.
In addition to the signing of the renewed partnership, 15 UCD students from Science and Engineering disciplines were awarded UCD-Intel Masters Student Scholarships. Each recipient is provided with a €3,000 bursary to support their academic studies and given the opportunity to experience practical learning aligned to the needs of industry. Additionally, they are provided with employee mentors by Intel to give them a direct relationship to the world of work.
Abel Paul Kannan is a Mechanical Engineering Masters graduate from UCD and was a participant in the Intel sponsored Masters programme in 2018. Abel has gone on to work as an engineer in Intel’s Fab 24, a state of the art semiconductor manufacturing facility in Leixlip. Abel reflects on his experience of the Master’s programme;
“The Intel sponsored Masters programme provided me with so many unique and valuable opportunities. In particular, I appreciated having a close connection to the practical world of work whilst completing my studies at UCD. I completed a graduate internship at Intel and I loved the work so much that I continued in my role on a part-time basis after my internship finished and I returned to UCD. I can’t imagine having a better opportunity to combine the wealth of learning I gained at UCD with a dynamic engineering environment”.
The renewed partnership between Intel and UCD, running for the next five years, will build on an initial memorandum of understanding agreed in 2016. This agreement was developed to further connect Intel and UCD researchers and students to help fuel the innovation economy in Ireland.
A number of notable successes have been achieved since the partnership was formally established in 2016 including; the sponsorship of 49 Masters student bursaries, co-sponsorship of a number of PhD students, collaboration on a new SFI Research Centre for Advanced Manufacturing, engagement in the UCD festival and investment by Intel in the UCD Outreach Lab for Science.
The new phase of the strategic partnership was formally launched at the UCD University Club where the head of Intel’s Irish operations, Eamonn Sinnott, who is the General Manager of Intel Ireland and Vice President of Intel’s Manufacturing and Operations Group, and UCD President, Professor Andrew Deeks, co-signed a new memorandum of understanding.
Commenting on the significance of the continued partnership Eamonn Sinnott Intel Ireland, General Manager said: “Education is the pathway to the future and UCD’s ambition to be at the forefront of providing an education system that will support Ireland’s need for lifelong, accessible, and world class education is a vision that Intel is proud to be a partner of. I look forward to working together and strengthening the relationship between our organisations over the coming years”.
UCD President, Professor Andrew Deeks added: “Intel has been very supportive of UCD over the last number of years, and we are most grateful for that support. I am delighted that we are further building on what is already a very strong partnership.”
The recipients of the UCD-Intel Masters Student Scholarship were as follows;
Emily White Chemical engineering
Kallum Doyle Chemical engineering
Brandon Blacoe Electronic & Computer engineering
Kyle Flynn Mechanical engineering
Ruth Quinn Electronic & Computer engineering
Ciaran O’Sullivan Chemical engineering
Stephen Sherin Mechanical engineering
Hazal Beceriklican Chemical engineering
Ciaran McNamara Mechanical engineering
Janet Tsanng Chemical engineering
Sean O’Braonain Electronic & Computer engineering
Andrew Donohue Mechanical engineering
Adam Atouani Msc Nano materials chemistry
Briji Mary Joseph Msc Nano materials chemistry
Chyna De Los Angeles Msc in Computer science
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