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Engineers Week takes place from 8th-13th February 2015 and is a week-long celebration of the Engineering profession in the island of Ireland. With more than 500 interactive and educational events taking place across the country during this week, Engineers Ireland, which coordinates the nation-wide campaign, aims to create positive awareness and spark enthusiasm about engineering as an exciting career pathway for Irish students.

As CEO of Fujitsu Ireland I am very active within the broader engineering community and as such, last year I was appointed President of Engineers Ireland. Engineers Ireland is the professional body responsible for promoting the interests of Engineers across the island of Ireland. As one of the largest and oldest professional bodies in Ireland, it is a huge honour to assume the role as President, not least because I am the third female president in Ireland since it began in 1835.

However, with such honour comes great responsibility…

My Presidency is one of convergence – the convergence of technology and all forms of engineering. There is a collision taking place between the physical world and the digital world, and this is creating many opportunities for us all in the engineering and technology sectors. I want engineers to thrive and to continue to push the boundaries of our new interconnected world.

For example, the ICT sector in Ireland employs more than 105,000 people and according to the Forfás Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, Irish companies will have an estimated 44,500 job openings for people with high-level ICT skills over the next six years.  It is vital that we have access to skilled individuals and engineers to meet this demand. We need to engage our young people now and promote careers in engineering, science and technology.

This is what Engineers Week is all about. During this week I have been supporting Engineers Ireland’s troop of volunteers who will visit over 500 schools and colleges across the country. These visits form part of the organisation’s STEPS schools outreach programme, which is supported by the Irish Government and is designed to encourage primary and post-primary students to explore the world of science and engineering.

Thanks to the dedication of volunteers across the island of Ireland, last year STEPS touched the lives and ambitions of more than 56,000 young people. As President, the schools outreach programme continues to be one of my top priorities. I aim to continue to push boundaries, providing assistance and encouragement to schools and colleges to consider engineering and to companies who must encourage job creation in our sector.

A highlight of my week was visiting the Ireland AM studio, a popular morning Irish television show to promote Engineers Week. As you will see from the clip below, we showed that Engineering is fun and most certainly also a career for girls!

Video: Regina Moran with volunteers from Engineers Week on Ireland AM

Regina has recently been appointed Gender Diversity Champion within Fujitsu UK&I and is passionate about attracting more women to the pursue careers in science, technology and engineering. Look out for Part 2 of her Engineers Week blog series later this week which will focus on her activity in this area. 

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