• Question: Whats the proudest thing you have done as an engineer

    Asked by ciarank613 to Ashley, Catherine, John G, Laura, Ray on 18 Nov 2014. This question was also asked by AUBREY MIGHTY.
    • Photo: Ashley Culbert

      Ashley Culbert answered on 18 Nov 2014:

      I oversaw the design, installation and commissioning of an automated in line peat sampler in Edenderry Power. The Power plant burns one million tonnes of fuel annually. The in line sampler collected accurate fuel samples as the fuel was being transported by conveyor belts into the fuel store. Fuel is paid for on its energy value rather than a weight basis. These samples were used to determine how much useable energy was in the fuel and thus the value per tonne of fuel delivered.

    • Photo: Ray Alcorn

      Ray Alcorn answered on 18 Nov 2014:

      lots of things.. engineers take pride in thier work and usually go above and beyond.. but for me its been building a research centre here in Cork.. starting with 8 and getting to 45, trainign and mentoring people up to the point that they can go it alone.

    • Photo: John Ging

      John Ging answered on 18 Nov 2014:

      I’m very proud of my patent. It was so advanced that there isn’t any practical use for it yet in the networks it was designed for. When fiber to the home rolls out on a national level, then it will be an essential device.

      I’m also quite proud of the electricity network rule that I had approved last week. It was the culmination of a year of hard work. Its basically a law that every transmission connected user must obey.

      I’m probably most proud of getting my PhD though. It was 4 of the hardest (but most enjoyable) years of my life!

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      Laura Tobin answered on 18 Nov 2014:

      There have been many things that I’ve been proud of but the one that comes to mind was winning a startup business idea award http://www.siliconrepublic.com/clean-tech/item/36974-wit2014

      I basically took my research in the lab and looked at commercialising it. For me, I never thought I might have the chance to start my own company. I dropped business studies after Junior Cert. It’s pretty cool to think that the work I do in my lab might be in our every day lives some time soon.

    • Photo: Catherine Conaghan

      Catherine Conaghan answered on 19 Nov 2014:

      It was the software building model I created in my last job that took 18 months to do,but we tested lots of energy saving measures on it and then implemented the best ones on the real building and saved the company a lot of energy (and money!).