EWB UCC Branch wins New Society of the Year

After the formation of a committed and enthusiastic committee at the beginning of the year, things got off to a good start when we hosted four informational discussions, such

Engineers Without Borders awarded Best New Society UCC (2013/2014). Photographed in UCC are Francis White, PRO, Fiona O Brien, Finance Officer, Deirdre O Donnell, Auditor, Clodagh Murphy, Vice Auditor/Secretary and Dr Vikram Pakrashi, Lecturer, Civil Engineering and founding member, Engineers Without Borders.  Photo by Tomas Tyner, UCC.

Engineers Without Borders awarded Best New Society UCC (2013/2014). Photographed in UCC are Francis White, PRO, Fiona O Brien, Finance Officer, Deirdre O Donnell, Auditor, Clodagh Murphy, Vice Auditor/Secretary and Dr Vikram Pakrashi, Lecturer, Civil Engineering and founding member, Engineers Without Borders. Photo by Tomas Tyner, UCC.

as ‘Sustainable Development’ and ‘Developing the .We also hosted a talk by an international guest lecturer, Dr Alain Murphy of Geolimits Consulting, Bedford, Canada, who presented a lecture on his work in defining the legal boundaries continental shelf using ‘The Constitution of the Ocean’. Our objective- to promote sustainable development through engineering by bridging the gap between academia, industry and NGOs- was gently introduced in this way in a bid to inspire students to contribute to sustainable development globally.

To keep it fun, we also hosted a number of social nights, to engage a wider range of students and to offer members the chance to get to know one another- a games night in the Mardyke bar, a movie night and a very successful ‘Smarty Pants’ table quiz were our highlights!

As a pioneering EWB student society in this country, it has been a pleasure for us to pave the way for more student branches of Engineers Without Borders Ireland to start up and follow our lead. Hopefully our success will help towards creating the next generation of developmentally and socially conscious engineering students.

Winning Best New Society was the cherry on top of what was a very promising first year as an official Society within UCC, and the new committee are excited to bring the society to greater prominence in the coming year!

Deirdre O’Donnell
Outgoing and Inaugural Auditor
Engineers Without Borders UCC