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Great celebration at Chem Eng 30 dinner

Great celebration at Chem Eng 30 dinner

Published on: Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Thirty years of Chemical Engineering Education in Cork Institute of Technology were celebrated recently in the Maryborough House Hotel, Cork.  CIT was the first academic institute to introduce chemical engineering to the Munster region which is home to a vibrant pharmaceutical sector. There are nearly 700 graduates since 1983 who work both nationally and internationally in sectors ranging from energy, water, food and nutrition and pharmaceutical manufacturing.  Many CIT graduates working in indigenous and multinational companies such as DPS Engineering, Eli Lilly, GSK, PM Global and Pfizers were present at the gala dinner. 


The Guest of Honour was the first ever graduate, Niall Condon, who is now Vice President of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Operations in Pfizer HQ, New York.  Joining him were some of his colleagues from that pioneering first class: Tom Bourke, Pfizers, David Varian, Diageo and Tom Kelly, Goulding Chemicals Ltd., shown in the (soft focus...) image below.  Other members of that first class, unable to attend, were: Noel Dinan, Jerry Kelleher, Dave McCarthy, Paul McGrath and John Stoker.



Dr. Brendan Murphy, President of CIT was also in attendance “The degree was alunched in 1979 following identification of the needs by the Government and CIT’s response has proven its worth, with at least 75% of the graduates employed in the Pharma-Chem sector in Ireland” says Dr. Brendan Murphy. “This ‘talent pipeline’ had been critical in developing the sector to a point where it accounts for over 50% of Ireland’s goods exports, by value.”