Annual Cork Mechanical, Manufacturing & Biomedical Engineering Exhibition

Thursday 23rd April 2020

Nexus Hall, Student Centre, Cork Institute of Technology, Bishopstown Campus (details to follow)


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Engineers Ireland “Best in Class” Education Excellence Award Winner

European Commission Irish National Award Winner in "Promoting the Entrepreneurial Spirit" Category at the European Enterprise Promotion Awards Luxembourg


Space Engineering and Science Cork Institute of Technology International Space University 2017 CIT Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Now, in its 31st year, the Cork Mechanical, Manufacturing and Biomedical Engineering Exhibition with over 200 stands is Ireland and Europe’s Largest Educational Engineering Event. Combining entrepreneurship, multidisciplinary innovative product development and industrial participation, the student centric event has featured many major themed exhibits, including Formula 1 cars and reproductions of Leonardo da Vinci’s studio/inventions. The Cork exhibition is a seminal fixture in promoting engineering on a national /international level and engineering a highly successful campus educational innovation eco-system in an ethical design driven environment.


Based on Cork Institute of Technology's designation as International Space University 2017, the 2017 Exhibition Theme is to be “Space Engineering and Science”. Featured Centre-piece stands this year include CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory - Ireland’s Only Space Themed Engineering and Science Centre with over 110,000 Visitors in Past Year - National Space Centre Elfordstown Earthstation - Europes Most Westerly Teleport - International Space University’s Space Studies Program 30th Edition taking place in CIT on 26 June - 25 August 2017 – and, of course, Cork Institute of Technology International Space University 2017.


The exhibition serves as the primary showcase for undergraduate and postgraduate engineering and multi-disciplinary student projects, industrial research projects and industrial training facilities within the school and institute.  


Growing from a level of circa 11 stands in 1987 to over 200 stands in the 31st event, the annual Cork exhibition has achieved the status of the largest and most comprehensive educational engineering innovation exhibition in Ireland and Europe.




At a glittering black tie event in the spectacular surroundings of the Intercontinental Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin, the Cork Mechanical, Manufacturing and Biomedical Engineering Exhibition was declared the Winner of the " Best in Class " Engineers Ireland “Best in Class” Education Excellence Award Winner.


Interaction and cross-fertilisation of technologies and concepts between practising engineers and students/staff of the School is actively promoted and facilitated.  Engineering representatives from over 300 indigenous and multinational organisations attended the 2017 exhibition.  The fostering of industry/education cooperation has been greatly facilitated by the exhibition, giving rise over the years to a multitude of cooperative projects and promoting graduate placement.


The dovetailing of the exhibition with CIT developed core initiatives of multidisciplinary modules and projects, innovation start-up company internships, CIT Innovation Week and Student Prizes for Innovation, are ground-breaking not only in Ireland, but are also unique in a European academic context to create the academic and institute structures designed to  engineer a highly effective college-wide student innovation eco-system.


The development of student communication skills and integrated multi-disciplinary structure of the exhibited CIT projects are a critical element, which has been central and crucial to an unprecedented flowering of Irish student international / national achievement. The exhibition is centrally and critically a student centric, owned and driven event and its longevity, continuity, development, expansion and success arises from this student ownership and stewardship.


The exhibition also serves as a major promotional tool to encourage second level students to consider careers in engineering and science with schools traveling to the event from all corners of Ireland. Over 1,500 secondary level students, large numbers of third level student and representatives from industry, business and academia annually attend the exhibition.


The success of the exhibition as a major driving force in creating a student innovation eco-system is underlined by the recent creation of  the 176 Poster Page Pictorial Compendium of International and National Student and Innovation Engineering and Innovation Awards titled “First in Europe  - First in Ireland - First in Innovation,Engineering an Undergraduate Innovation Eco-System” , which may be  viewed / downloaded online at :


The Pictorial Compendium is a quite spectacular tribute to CIT student achievements in Engineering Innovation, Design & Entrepreneurship and well worth viewing.


This success has been underlined by the achievement of the European Commission Irish National Winner Award in "Promoting the Entrepreneurial Spirit" Category at the European Enterprise Promotion Awards Luxembourg for the submission ‘Innovative and New Product Multi-Disciplinary Product Development Laboratories - Engineering an Undergraduate Innovation Eco-System’. 



Admission is free and has remained so since Exhibition conception/foundation 31 years ago.


Further Details From:

Professor Sean F. O'Leary  

Senior Lecturer
Department of Mechanical, Biomedical and Manufacturing Engineering
School of Mechanical, Electrical & Process Engineering
Cork Institute of Technology 

Tel:  00 353 21 4335425 


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