Engineers Week at DCU
Find out how to design a robot, how to 3D print and why you’ll soon be brushing your teeth with a smart toothbrush at one of our exciting interactive events below. Click the links below to register:
- Spotlight on Biomedical Engineering - watch webinar here
- From Fitbits to Smart Toothbrushes: How smart devices are changing our lives - watch webinar here
- Sustainability: From H2 to H2O - watch webinar here
- 3D Printing and Smart Manufacturing - watch webinar here
- How to Design a Mobile Robot - watch webinar here
- 3D Printing and Robotics Labs: A sneak peek inside the world-class engineering labs at DCU - watch tour here here
- Challenge Time: Tallest Tower - watch webinar here
- How engineering can solve some of the world’s biggest challenges - watch webinar here
Ireland’s First Hydrogen Bus
In November 2020, the first hydrogen-powered bus to be used in public transport in Ireland took to the streets. Did you know that DCU played a major role in making this happen?
This single decker hydrogen fuel cell bus operated on hydrogen produced from electricity and water to power it on routes around Dublin City. The fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) is refueled in minutes, similar to a conventional bus, however its electric motive power is produced when the Hydrogen atoms (the fuel) are combined with oxygen from the air in its Fuel Cell.
This cutting-edge technology promises to make a huge contribution to the climate challenge in Ireland, specifically in the transport sector.
Mechatronic Engineering (or Mechatronics for short) is one of our most popular engineering courses in DCU. But what does Mechatronic Engineering really mean? Watch our video to find out more.
Mobile Robotics Engineering
The School of Electronic Engineering at DCU hosts a Mobile Robotics module that’s entirely project-based and organised around a specific challenge. Third-year undergraduate students get an opportunity to expand their knowledge through the design and build of a fully functional robot.
Since this video was filmed the School of Electronic Engineering no longer use the Lego material but use a Turtle robot with various designs of 3D printed chassis instead!
Croke Park’s Smart Stadium Project
In 2015, Croke Park partnered with DCU, Intel, Sun Devils Stadium and Arizona State University (ASU) to turn the home of the GAA into the world’s first smart stadium by deploying internet of things (IoT) technologies.
DCU academics had to overcome a number of issues including pitch maintenance and getting the right amount of sunlight on the grass. “With three very high stands you don’t get good exposure to light,” said Dr Suzanne Little. This means costly, artificial lighting is left on for 22 hours a day, six months of the year. The solution is simple: cameras monitor the sunlight on the pitch, providing Dr Little and her team with information on what time of the day certain sections of the pitch need attention. Other projects like crowd noise were investigated, as well as localised foot traffic.
DCU Green Car Challenge
The Faculty of Engineering and Computing at DCU, with the support of Siemens, worked closely with transition year students at Donabate Community School to design, build and race two electric cars. The project formed part of the Greenpower Car Challenge and is a great example of how companies, academics and students can work together on new ideas, technologies and processes that will improve the environment.
Academics and members of the DCU Engineering Society mentored the student groups on a weekly basis to help them build the cars from scratch in DCU’s engineering labs. They then competed in the Greenpower competition in Belfast in June 2016.
If you are interested in Green Energy check out our new course, the BEng in Sustainable Systems and Energy at DCU: https://www.dcu.ie/dc194
Electronic and Computer Engineering at DCU
The world is more connected than ever before, and that’s only going to grow. It's no longer just computers and smartphones that are digitally connected. From fridges to TVs, alarms to mirrors, more and more devices are finding their way online.
Electronic and computer engineers create and innovate to invent, design, improve and build products and technologies that really matter in people’s lives. Watch our video to find out more about Electronic and Computer Engineering at DCU: https://www.dcu.ie/DC190
Interview with Biomedical Engineer Dr Tanya Levingstone
In 2016, DCU Engineering graduate and academic Dr Tanya Levingstone and her team discovered a new material that repairs damaged knee cartilage on horses. This patented, multilayered 3D porous scaffold, named ChondroColl, returned the injured thoroughbred filly called Beyoncé, to competitive showjumping.
In this interview, we ask Dr Levingstone about this discovery and what sparked her interest in a career in Biomedical Engineering.
Read our interview here: https://bit.ly/3dGTNqj
Climate Change and Sustainability
Climate change is recognised as one of the greatest challenges facing the planet today. The dramatic rise in global temperatures is due to increased emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG’s) from activities such as fuel combustion from transport, agriculture and waste. The impacts of global warming are already in effect with increased frequency and intensity of heatwaves, droughts and unusual weather across the globe.
To date, while many of the carbon reduction initiatives, such as switching to LED bulbs or going paperless are a start, they are really only having a very limited impact. Rather, policymakers and businesses alike must take a holistic approach to tackling the global challenge of transitioning to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Part of the solution to tackling this problem is to have a workforce who are educated in understanding the full impact of climate change on the planet and who can come up with solutions to address the challenges.
Are you passionate about climate change and are looking for a challenge? Find out more about our new BEng in Sustainable Systems and Energy at DCU: https://www.dcu.ie/DC194
Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering at DCU
The DCU School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering has been at the forefront of Teaching and Learning, and Research and Innovation since its establishment in 1987. The School strives for excellence and development, which is evident through their taught and research programme options offered both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Our programmes are much in demand and draw some of the highest-achieving students entering third-level education both within and outside Ireland. Find out more about Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering at DCU: https://www.dcu.ie/ug/engineering-computing
GAA Moving Well – Being Well
The GAA have recently launched 'Moving Well – Being Well', a large-scale project assessing fundamental movement skills (FMS) of young people participating in hurling and Gaelic football. This programme is a partnership between the GAA, the DCU’s School of Health and Human Performance, the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics and Dublin GAA.
Improve your skills: https://learning.gaa.ie/movingwellbeingwell
DCU behind first-of-its-kind platform for visually impaired students
Researchers at DCU are part of a European project which has created a first-of-its-kind platform to improve how mathematics is being taught to blind and visually impaired students.
The technology, currently a working prototype, enables a teacher to prepare maths in the usual printed notation, and to present this to a student in Braille (and vice versa). In an era where online learning is proving so important, this platform offers teachers and students alike the opportunity to use this innovative solution remotely as well as in-class. .
Read more: https://bit.ly/2At06Mz
Common Entry into Engineering
Engineers invent and design things, they make things work and solve problems. They help create everything around us.
Engineers help patients and the healthcare industry in a wide variety of ways, for example, by developing better hearing devices and creating artificial organs. Engineers continue to improve the way we live by developing technology to improve our health, such as Fitbits, and help the planet by developing sustainable energy solutions, such as wind turbines.
Are you interested in studying engineering but not sure which course to choose? Common Entry into Engineering allows you to experience the different engineering fields before choosing the one that suits you best. Lots of practical, hands on lab work and a great way to explore all the areas of engineering
Find out more at: www.dcu.ie/DC200
Inspection Drones for wind and solar farms
One of the biggest challenges to increasing the number of wind and solar farms that we have in Europe is the cost of maintenance. To help combat this issue, DCU researchers, led by Prof Patrick McNally from the School of Electronic Engineering, took part in a first-of-its-kind European project to explore the benefits of using drones and robots for the maintenance of wind and solar farms.
The DURABLE project aims to solve current challenges in the operation and maintenance of wind and solar energy parks by drone technology. This can automate inspection of faults and can boost take-up of renewable energies along the Atlantic in addition to reducing overall costs.
Read more: https://bit.ly/2O1quDR
Biomedical Engineering at DCU
Biomedical Engineering is a relatively new branch of engineering that involves using cutting-edge technology to help improve healthcare and save lives. Biomedical engineers are involved in the design and creation of medical devices, implants such as stents, instruments and materials for clinical use and are at the forefront of developments in human medicine in the 21st century.
In this video, Cillian, a Biomedical engineering student in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at DCU, shares his experience of this course. He explains how engaging the lecturers are and how the course and makes you ready for the working world.
Find out more about the BEng in Biomedical Engineering at DCU: https://www.dcu.ie/DC197
DCU Engineering Labs
In this video, fourth year Mechatronic Engineering student Faith Dempsey, takes viewers on a tour of the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing and School of Electronic Engineering labs at DCU. Our labs are purpose built and designed with the latest equipment and instruments to foster excellence in teaching and research.
The Internet of Things at DCU
In this video, Dr Derek Molloy, Associate Professor in the School of Electronic Engineering, talks about DCU’s exciting new course, the MSc in the Internet of Things (IoT).
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a computing concept describing the interconnectivity and collaboration of a wide variety of everyday physical objects connected via the internet. IoT technologies are enabling a wide range of business opportunities in the context of smart homes, smart cities and connected healthcare.
For more information about the MSc in Electronic and Computer Technology (Internet of Things) click here: https://www.dcu.ie/DC895
New DCU exam revision app
A new app is aiming to take some of the stress out of exam revision for thousands of students at DCU by enabling them to hone in quickly and easily on specific segments of their online lectures and tutorials that they may have missed.
Help-Me-Watch was created by a team of researchers at DCU’s Faculty of Engineering and Computing and the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics and is available to both lecturers and students.
The app was developed as a response to student feedback on their experiences with online lectures and tutorials after the arrival of COVID-19.
Read more: https://bit.ly/381uNXh
DCU 3D printing shields and goggles for frontline workers
Researchers and engineers from the DCU School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and I-Form, the Science Foundation of Ireland (SFI) Research Centre for Advanced Manufacturing at DCU, responded to urgent calls for PPE for Ireland’s frontline health care workers.
In March 2020, these innovative staff members used 3D printing equipment on campus labs to produce goggles and face shields for frontline healthcare workers.
Read more: https://bit.ly/3kihre2
Sustainability: From H2 to H2O
Are you interested in saving the planet and building a more sustainable future? At this virtual STEPS Engineers Week event we explored climate change and some of the cutting-edge sustainability work DCU engineers are carrying out.
Find out more about our BEng in Sustainable Systems and Energy at DCU: https://www.dcu.ie/DC194
Spotlight on Biomedical Engineering
At this live, virtual talk we explored the exciting area of Biomedical Engineering and the different approaches and risks associated with creating medical devices.
Find out more about our BEng in Biomedical Engineering at DCU: https://www.dcu.ie/DC197
From Fitbits to Smart Toothbrushes: How smart devices are changing our lives
In this webinar, we explore how smart devices are changing the world around us and having a huge impact on our daily lives. Dr Ali Intizar explained what the Internet of Things is and how tiny objects in our surroundings can be connected to the internet and converted into smart objects.
Find out more about Electronic and Computer Engineering at DCU: https://www.dcu.ie/DC190
Common Entry into Engineering at DCU
Engineers invent and design things, they make things work and analyse and solve problems, often using mathematical and software tools. Their impact on the world is pervasive and often pioneering.
Engineering solutions help patients with enhanced diagnostic imaging, improved hearing devices, better blood vessel implants and laser surgery. Engineering solutions continue to improve the way we live, driving advances in digital technology, such as Smart Cities, that have the possibility of revolutionising how we interact with technology, while at the same time improving sustainability through advances in areas such as green energy technologies.
If you’re interested in engineering, but haven’t yet made a choice between courses, Common Entry into Engineering at DCU helps you to choose a speciality while learning the fundamentals of engineering. Find out more at: www.dcu.ie/DC200