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Prestigious Appointment for Ulster Lecturer

6 October 2010

University of Ulster lecturer Rodney McDermott, who has been elected Vice Chair of Engineers Ireland, Donegal Region

A University of Ulster academic has been elected Vice Chair of Engineers Ireland, Donegal Region.

Rodney McDermott, from Buncrana, is a lecturer in the School of the Built Environment. He takes up the Vice Chairmanship following the association’s recent Annual General Meeting which was hosted in Letterkenny.

Engineers Ireland is the main engineering representative body in Ireland. Founded in 1835, it has more than 24,000 members who range from students to fellows of the profession.

The association aims to promote engineering knowledge; help maintain standards of professional engineering and maintain standards of professional ethics and conduct. It also offers extensive Continuing Professional Development opportunities to engineers and is the voice of engineering in Ireland.

“An important aspect of my work involves visits to secondary schools across the region to promote career paths that will help provide much needed solutions to cater for the dynamic world we live in,” said Rodney.

“During these visits global issues are linked to professions that are essential in providing vital skills and research in areas such as environmental protection.

"I intend to use my new role within Engineers Ireland to help highlight the need for highly skilled professionals, innovation, research and a collaborative approach in dealing with the issues that face the environment now and in the years to come.”

Following his one year term as Vice Chair Rodney will subsequently take up the Chairmanship of Engineers Ireland, Donegal Region in 2011 for a two year period.

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