November 2015 Teacher Training at CIT with Exploring Electronics

De-Mystifying Electronics at Secondary School Level

REPRO FREE De-Mystifying Electronics at Secondary School Level In the 11th year of cooperation between UCC and the Department of Electronic Engineering at the Cork Institute of Technology, 20 Professional Diploma in Education student teachers and Irish Science Teachers Association (ISTA) teachers pictured receiving Certificates of Achievement after completing a 5-week introductory course to electronics. 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 and 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. Valerie Cowman, Chairperson of the CEIA Skills Group 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 and John Harrington of the Department of Electronic Engineering at CIT, Dr Eamon Connolly, CEIA and Second-Level Physics teachers Rosemarie Ferriter, Simon Hill and Sean Finn. Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision For further information please contact: Dr Eamon Connolly www.ceia.ie tel: 086.2228339 email: connollye@ceia.ie

In the 11th year of cooperation between UCC and the Department of Electronic Engineering at the Cork Institute of Technology, 20 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.

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 and Physics in a very practical way.

Valerie Cowman, Chairperson of the CEIA Skills Group 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 and John Harrington of the Department of Electronic Engineering at CIT, Dr Eamon Connolly, CEIA and Second-Level Physics teachers Rosemarie Ferriter, Simon Hill and Sean Finn.

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November 2015 Business Briefing

The Nimbus Centre, CIT, Bishopstown is the location for our November 2015 business briefing titled:

“CIT and Cork’s Technology Companies: Opportunities for Synergy”                

on Wednesday Nov 11th at 6.30pm

Our hosts for the evening are:

Gerard O'Donovan

 

Gerard O’Donovan, Head of Faculty of Business & Humanities  

       

               

Michael Loftus, Head of Faculty of Engineering & Science

 

 

The briefing with address the following topics:

  • Honest assessment of the quality of links that exist today
  • Ideas around how stronger & more beneficial links can be forged
  • What would the characteristics of good co-operation look like?
  • What does CIT offer?
  • What would CIT like to get from industry?
  • Types of links:  co-op placement; graduate placement; work-experience; guest lecturers; sponsorship of CIT activities/labs/buildings etc.
  • New course development in line with industry requirements

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

The CEIA would like to thank Gerard & Michael plus their team at CIT/Nimbus for affording the time to talk with us and for hosting the event on site.

To register please contact us by Email: info@ceia.ie

To get directions, please go to Nimbus Centre page on Google Places.

Oct 2015 Launch of CEIA Boolean Game

Boolean card game is a logical step to teach coding

Eoghan Ó Catháin from Gaelcholáiste Charraig Uí Leighin at the launch of the
CEIA Cork’s Technology Network, Boolean logic game for students.

An interactive card game has been launched to teach students Boolean logic — one of the fundamental coding principles which powers the digital world and helps developers build computer games like Minecraft and Candy Crush.

Click here for photos of the Bo01ean Logic Game Launch at UCC

The CEIA which represents High Tech Manufacturing and Development companies in the Cork area,  announced plans yesterday to roll out its CEIA Boolean Internet Roadshow to bring the Bo01ean logic card game to schools all over Ireland over the coming months.

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The game has been developed to mark the bicentenary of the birth of mathematical genius George Boole, the first professor of maths at University College Cork who developed Boolean logic.

George Boole

Boolean logic is a form of algebra in which all values are reduced to either true or false.

The concept is used in computer science because it works with the binary numbering system, and, when true or false values are combined with ‘and’, ‘or’, and ‘not’ commands, computers can be programmed to carry out various functions.

Funded by Science Foundation Ireland and developed in partnership with UCC’s Boole2School programme, the role-playing card game represents the true and false values of Boolean logic as they are found in everyday scenarios.

The game has been designed to be used by schoolchildren as an engaging and fun way to understand logic.

CEIA’s skills and education chairperson, Valerie Cowman, said while Boolean logic may sound complex, it is actually the simplest of logics and is the very basics of computing. “Through our Boolean logic game cards, students as young as those in sixth class can understand and have fun with logic,” she said.

The application of logic in everyday scenarios is not obvious to students, even though it is the fundamental basis of every computer, laptop, tablet and smartphone, Ms Cowman said.

Adam Donovan who plays George Boole with visitors from Gaelcholáiste Charraig Uí Leighin.

Games such as Candy Crush and Minecraft are clear examples of Boolean logic at work and the Bo01ean logic game will demonstrate how Boolean maths influences our lives, she added.

The CEIA has been working with schools in the Cork region for a number of years to drive the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics agenda.

The Bo01ean logic game was devised by Eamon Connolly, CEIA’s outreach officer, and Brian English, a CEIA board member. It was piloted with students in sixth class before being adopted by science teachers at the Eureka Centre in UCC.

Last month, the Irish Secondary Teacher’s Association introduced the game to their classrooms nationally. It is now being distributed free of charge to students, teachers, and parents through the CEIA website.

Meanwhile, students in schools from over 30 countries around the world are poised to take part in the ambitious Boole2School online maths lesson next Monday, November 2, to mark Boole’s birthday.

The Irish Examiner, Thursday, October 29, 2015, Reporter: Eoin English

Links to other Publications:

Cork Chamber   

Silicon Ireland

Digital Daily

Engineers Journal

Silicon Republic

Sept 2015 Business Briefing

 “PepsiCo Ireland – Growth & Diversification” is the title of our Sept 2015 Business Briefing taking place on

   Wed. Sept 30th @ 6:30pm in             PepsiCo Ireland, Carrigaline,                              ** Directions below

The briefing with cover the following topics:

  • PepsiCo – company overview
  • PepsiCo Ireland Strategy – Development and alignment with Corporate
  • PepsiCo Ireland – our growth and diversification in the last 10 years
  • Looking forward – PepsiCo Ireland continued growth.

Our speaker for the evening is

Paul O’Callaghan,

PepsiCo CIO for PWF Global Operations

PepsiCo is a global food, snack and beverage company formed in 1965 with the merger of the Pepsi-Cola Company and Frito-Lay, Inc.             The company expanded from its namesake product Pepsi to a broader range of food and beverage brands, the largest of which includes an acquisition of Tropicana in 1998 and a merger with Quaker Oats in 2001, which added the Gatorade brand to its portfolio.

 

PepsiCo celebrates its 50th year in 2015. In 1965, when the Pepsi-Cola Company and Frito-Lay, Inc. merged to create PepsiCo, the revenue was $510 million. Today (2014) it stands at more than $66 billion. Market capitalization was $842 million at the end of 1965, and has grown to $141 billion at the end of 2014, putting PepsiCo in the top 10% of the S&P 500 by market value.

If you invested $100 in PepsiCo stock at the end of 1965, it was worth nearly $43,000 at the end of 2014, a 13.2% annualized return. As of December 27, 2014, PepsiCo employed approximately 271,000 people worldwide, with approx. 107,000 within the USA.

PepsiCo is organised into three business units:

PepsiCo Americas Foods (PAF), which includes Frito-Lay North America (FLNA),  Quaker Foods North America (QFNA) and all of its Latin American food and snack businesses (LAF), including its Sabritas and Gamesa businesses in Mexico;

PepsiCo Americas Beverages (PAB), which includes PepsiCo Beverages North America and all of its Latin American beverage businesses, and

PepsiCo International (PI), which includes all PepsiCo businesses in Europe and all PepsiCo businesses in Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA).

PepsiCo’s three business units are comprised of six reportable segments: FLNA, QFNA, LAF, PAB, Europe, and AMEA.

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

The CEIA would like to thank Paul and the team at PepsiCo Ireland for affording the time to talk with us and for hosting the event on site.

Contact  info@ceia.ie to register for the event

** Directions to PepsiCo Ireland
 From the South Link Road
Take the N28 exit toward Ringaskiddy/Port/Carrigaline/Rochestown
Head south on N28 for approx. 6.5km toward Shannonpark Roundabout
At Shannonpark Roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Cork Rd/R611
Drive southeast on Cork Rd/R611 (approx. 1km)
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Cork Rd/R611
Continue on Cork Rd/R611 for approx. 0.25km
At roundabout take the 1st exit R612 to Crosshaven
Continue on Cork Rd/R612 for approx. 0.35km
At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit
Continue on the Cork Rd R612 for approx. 0.8km
(Straight through traffic lights to “Lidl” roundabout)
At the Lidl roundabout, take the 1st exit to Crosshaven
PepsiCo Plant is approx. 1.8kms on RHS from Lidl Roundabout

May 2015 Business Briefing

How Best Industry Can Leverage EI/IDA Capability is the title of our May 2105 Business Briefing held at Flextronics International, Dublin Hill, on Thurs June 04 at 6.30pm

 

The briefing will cover the following Topics:

  • Information on the wide range of financial and business development supports available from Enterprise Ireland
  • Guides through the application process for relevant supports
  • Awareness of sectorial events and networks of relevance to a business
  • Trends in the electronics industry and technology sector – global trends and types of investment Ireland is attracting
  • IDA’s transformation agenda – maintaining & growing existing functions and adding functions
  • IDA’s new strategy (Winning: 2015-2019)
  • Supports that can be offered to companies and guidelines on timing and scale of these

Our speakers for the evening are

 Jerry Moloney from Enterprise Ireland

As Regional Director Jerry is responsible for marketing and supporting the Mid-West/South & South East region of Ireland. An employee of EI for the past 14years Jerry has held a number of position within the organisation including management of a team of HRD advisers to provide advice, assistance and development of strategic human resource capabilities in client companies, across all sectors of the

Life Sciences & Industrial Markets division, to enable companies implement and deliver on their strategic growth plans.

 

Leo Clancy & Ray O’Connor, from IDA

Leo Clancy leads IDA’s Global Team in the areas of Technology, Content, Consumer Products and Business Services. He is a member of the Executive Management team of IDA and has responsibility for proposition development, Marketing & Business development and client aftercare. Prior to joining IDA Leo worked in the telecommunications  industry, spending 13 years with Ericsson followed by more than four years leading the technology function for an Irish fibre communications company.

As Regional Manager Ray is responsible for Marketing the South-West Region of Ireland to attract continued FDI with continued client relationship management, project delivery & issue resolution for existing and new client operations. Ray works with local stakeholders to enhance the regions value proposition for international companies. Prior to joining the IDA Ray worked for an International IT transition firm now a Xerox company and held Marketing & Development Management roles in Eircom and Bord Failte

The IDA are present in all major global markets, working on a daily basis with top multinationals to win Foreign Direct Investment into Ireland and help companies develop their operations here.

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

The CEIA would like to thank Jerry, Leo and Ray for affording the time to talk with us.

In addition we would like express our gratitude to Jerry Fitzpatrick and his team at Flextronics International for hosting the event.

To register for the event, please send a mail to info@ceia.ie

 

 

April 2015 Business Briefing

Effective Sales & Marketing –    The Pitfalls and The Opportunities

is the title of our April 2015 Business Briefing taking place on

TUESDAY APRIL 28TH at 6.30PM in the NEWENHAM SUITE of The Maryborough Hotel, Douglas, 

The briefing will address the following Topics:

  • Does your organisation have a commercial strategy?  Is it sound?
  • Do Sales & Marketing have a place in your organisation?
  • Common traps and pitfalls
  • Pre-requisites for success
  • Building Sales and Marketing into your strategy
  • Organising for Sales & Marketing
  • KPIs & diagnostics

Our speakers for the evening are Brian Kelly and Frank Morley, partners in the company Propel. Together Frank and Brian have over forty years’ experience in the Sales & Marketing field, on an international basis.


Propel
are a team of consultants that work with businesses who want to build strong commercial strategies, break into new markets, strengthen current markets and succeed. They build scalable, long-life systems and approaches and focus on solid no-nonsense skills and building blocks.

After the presentation, there will be a networking opportunity with light refreshments served. The CEIA would like to thank Frank & Brian for taking time from their busy schedule to talk with us.

Please register with info@ceia.ie  should you wish attend.

March 2015 Business Briefing

Boston Scientific Limited, Cork Business & Technology Park, Model Farm Rd. is the location of our March 2015 business briefing and it takes place on Monday March 30th starting at 6.30pm

We are delighted to have:                                                                                   Cathal Reilly, Director of Engineering, address the group on Automation & Technology in the Medical Device Sector

Cathal joined Boston Scientific Cork in 1998 and is currently the Director of Engineering. He has held a number of key manufacturing and technical positions, most notably the Director of Manufacturing role for 6 years where his organisation had 1,300 employees at its peak. Cathal’s role involves the continued improvement in manufacturing technologies and practices, including the introduction of new products, to better serve the key customers and stakeholders of the Cork facility.

Prior to joining Boston Scientific, Cathal worked for 4 years with Tyco Sensormatic in Cork. Cathal hold an Engineering Degree from the University of Limerick and is an MBA graduate from University College Cork.

Boston Scientific is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices whose products are used in a broad range of interventional medical specialties. Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Massachusetts, USA, Boston Scientific is a public company listed on the NYSE (BSX).

It employs 23,000 people and is a global leader in the development of less-invasive medical devices. Boston Scientific is committed to continued investment in Research, Development and Innovation, investing $817m in 2014

First established in Ireland in 1994, Boston Scientific has grown to be the largest medical device employer in Ireland. Through its 3 Irish sites – located in Clonmel, Cork, and Galway – the company employs approx. 4,000 people and exports approx. 9 million medical devices worldwide annually, including stents, balloons, platinum coils, catheters, inflation devices,  pacemakers and ICDs. The Irish manufacturing operation is an integral part of the corporations manufacturing strategy and capability.

The Cork site was established in 1998 as part of the company’s manufacturing expansion plans, the site produces a diversified portfolio of products that serve several divisions of the corporation.  The site combines leading edge manufacturing technologies with the capability to quickly commercialise new products for its division customers. Major businesses supported include products manufactured for Peripheral Intervention, Endoscopy, and Interventional Cardiology.

Boston Scientific’s manufacturing philosophy is built around the core tenets of Quality, Empowerment, Teamwork and incorporates the principles of Lean and Six Sigma. There will be a brief plant tour as part of the business briefing.

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

The CEIA would like to thank Cathal for taking the time to talk with us. We would also like to thank Sean Gayer, Tom Mangan and the team at BSL who generously agreed to host this event.

Please register by Email to info@ceia.ie  if you wish to attend.

 

November 2014 CEIA’s 30th AGM

The CEIA’s  30th Annual General Meeting took place at Maryborough House Hotel on Thursday Nov 20 

The Guest Speaker for the evening was:

   

Dr Kieran Drain, CEO Tyndall National Institute, Cork

Dr. Drain joined Tyndall in January 2013 from his role as Vice President and General Manager of the Lighting and Display Technology Division of Rambus Inc, Ohio. A proven leader and technology sector executive, Dr. Drain has delivered significant successes in major US and international business roles. He has over thirty year’s industrial experience in technology and business management in diverse industrial segments including solid state lighting, photovoltaics, nanomaterials, rechargeable batteries, LCD displays, electronic interconnect, automotive and composites.

Prior to Rambus Dr. Drain served as President & CEO of venture funded NanoGram Corporation, a developer of nanomaterials process technology enabling the manufacture of unique nanostructured materials for optical, electronic and energy applications. Prior to this he was Vice President and General Manager for the Global Performance Polymers Division of Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE.AVY).

Dr. Drain has also managed Ciba Specialty Chemical’s business in photopolymers and electronics in North America, where he led a strong business turnaround. While at Ciba, Dr. Drain managed polymer division corporate technology developments for almost a decade in both the USA and Europe.

Earlier in his career Dr. Drain led electronics product development for Loctite Corporation in the US, and began his career with Loctite Ireland as a Research Chemist.

Dr. Drain holds a PhD in Industrial Chemistry from Queen’s University Belfast, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and holds an MBA (Finance and Accounting) from Regis University, Colorado. He has served as a prior board member of the Adhesive and Sealant Council, US.

Commenting on his appointment, Tyndall Chairman Dr Alastair Glass said, “We are delighted to have someone of Kieran’s stature to lead Tyndall in its next phase. Kieran has extensive international experience in the management of research and development at a senior level in industry, and in the commercialisation and introduction of new technologies to market over the past thirty years.” He added, Kieran has held senior positions in both small-scale and large blue chip organisations and has an excellent track record in aligning R&D capabilities to industry needs.

His experience will be vital in Tyndall’s future development, and in helping to maximise economic value for Ireland”.

His presentation title is:

“Supporting Industry growth through ICT research, The Tyndall approach”

A sincere word of thanks to Kieran for taking the time out of his very busy schedule to be with us on Nov 20th

 

October 2014 CEIA Celebrates 30 Yrs

Oct 22nd 2014, Hayfield Manor, Cork

“What’s notable about the CEIA is that it is not simply an  Industry association or lobby group – it is rather a convergent working group of industry managers”

A gathering was held on 22 Oct 2014, in Hayfield Manor Hotel, to celebrate the association’s achievements of past thirty years. The guest speaker on the night was

Jeff Waters, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Altera Corporation.

Dignitary’s such as the Cork’s Deputy Lord Mayor, Ken O’Flynn Fianna Fáil Leader and Spokesperson on Northern Ireland, Micheál Martin TD., and nine past Chairmen were a part of the celebrations. The foundation of the organisation was a turning point for the companies and CEOs involved in the industry 30 years ago and continues to develop the industry in the region today.

Ernest Keeffe, GM of MOOG, and Chairperson of the CEIA outlined the plans for the 30th anniversary  celebrations in the  organisation, “As this is an exciting milestone year for us we have a Celebration Dinner, among the honour role will be past chairmen and officials who established the  association.” He also outlined the plans tor publication of a celebration brochure, “Tonight we proudly launch our 30 yr Celebration Brochure, which shares the history of the organisation and its current activities, with half page profile on each member organisation. Our Monthly Business briefings continue throughout the year and focus on association members, showcasing the significant range of Technical & Shared Services skill base in the ICT sector in Cork.”

lCT Industry Success

The success of the electronics and information technology industries in Cork is largely attributable to the committed performance of its most vital asset – its people.  A young, flexible, well-educated, English-speaking work force is readily available and a close working relationship between industry, third-level Colleges and the Cork Training Centre ensures that this workforce is prepared in areas of technology geared to the present and future needs of these industries.

Ernest spoke about the impact of the CEIA over its 30 year history and the innovations it has made throughout the Cork region. Outlining the biggest contribution the CEIA has made to the ICT industry in Ireland, he spoke about the co-operation and common goals of the members who   are involved in the organization.   “What  is  notable about the CEIA is that it is not simply an industry association or lobby group – rather it is a convergent working group of industry managers, public sector officials and   academic institutions working towards shared interests who actively partake and give of their time for the betterment of industry as a whole.”

The CEIA is a member-driven non-profit association which represents the interests of ICT companies in the Cork region working in accord with the Industrial Development Agency (IDA), Enterprise Ireland, the CETB (formerly FAS) the Cork Institute of Technology and University College Cork, the Tyndall Institute and the National Software Centre to ensure a sophisticated technological infrastructure is in place to enable the industry to grow and prosper.

Business Briefings, the Annual Conference and various initiatives provide on-going learning and transfer of knowledge for both IT professionals and engineers but also students with an interest in working in ICT, Science and Engineering.

The CEIA continues to grow its membership and its collaboration with key regional and national agencies such as the world renowned Tyndall Institute.

Strong Legacy

Despite having a successful 30 years behind it, there are challenges that present themselves to the CEIA. Some of the biggest challenges the CEIA have overcome in the industry include the constant development and innovation of the ICT sector. The characteristics of  the ICT Sector continues to evolve, merging technologies blurs the lines  between industrial sectors e.g. Medtech and Electronics which we see as an opportunity  rather than a challenge The association will be required to embrace these  changes and develop its appeal to new sectors, .. said Ernest.

The 30th anniversary is the biggest milestone reached by the CEIA and marks the long-term commitment and longevity of the ICT sector in Cork

Ernest spoke about how he hopes to see the CEIA and seek to extend its focus and hence growth into new technology and manufacturing sectors while retaining and strengthening the level of commitment we already demonstrate within the industry.

” The industry has had a long and impressive legacy and hopes to go on a further  30 years and continue on its success in the ICT industry in Ireland.