Thursday, 1 May 2014

New Style EGA Annual Lunch to announce 2014 Distinguished Graduate Award

A new style EGA Annual Lunch will be held on June 12th next in the John Field Room in the National Concert Hall. Firstly it will be a late lunch/early dinner at 6pm - an experiment this year due to the very busy lunchtime Programme of events this year in NCH and also it is felt that an evening event may suit companies and graduates better than lunch.
The National Concert Hall
At the event we will also present the 2014 UCD EGA Distinguished Graduate Award. The Award will be different this year also based on four new criteria drawn up by the Board – a combination of entrepreneurial activity, job creation, engineering excellence and innovation and finally advancing the profession of engineering.

Last year's winner was Dr Liam Connellan a graduate in Mechanical Engineer who became Chief Executive of the Confederation of Irish Industry (later to become IBEC), then Chairman of the National Roads Authority and Veolia who built the Dublin LUAS. He was also in turn President of Engineers Ireland, the Irish Academy of Engineering and the Royal Dublin Society (RDS).

Dr Liam Connellan and PJ Rudden President UCD Engineering Graduates Association
The previous winner was Dr David O'Reilly a Chemical Engineering graduate who went to the US joined Chevron Inc the multinational oil company and rose up to be its CEO. He has now returned to head up the UCD Energy Institute which was launched by the Taoiseach last year and is assisting UCD in other generous ways.
EGA President Michael Loughnane, Professor Hugh Brady UCD President, Professor David O'Reilly 2011 EGA Distinguished Graduate and Professor Gerry Byrne UCD Dean of Engineering
This year we have a total of 8 nominations for the award. Nominations were made by UCD Heads of School or EGA Board Members. All of the nominations are for very eminent members of the profession in the public and private sections, some male, some females, some having spent their careers mostly abroad and most who have built very successful careers in Ireland. I know that decision will not be an easy one. A small Board Subcommittee is currently examining the nominations and a winner will be announced on June 12th at the event in the National Concert Hall.

Please contact if interested in sponsoring or attending this event.