Emerald Aerospace Cluster visits Centre of Aerospace Studies at IT Carlow

Emerald Aerospace Cluster visits Centre of Aerospace Studies at IT Carlow

Representatives from Emerald Aerospace paid a visit to IT Carlow this week where they met with academic staff and visited the Centre for Aerospace Studies. 

The Emerald Aerospace group is a cluster of Irish engineering companies involved in the aerospace sector that work together to internationalise their businesses. Since its establishment in 2017, Emerald Aero has successfully collaborated as a group to win large international contracts.

The visit was organised by Stephen Rooney, who is manager of Engineering the South East. Also present to welcome the group was Dr Frances Hardiman, Head of the Faculty of Engineering at IT Carlow, and Dr Cathal Nolan, Head of the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, alongside other engineering staff.

The visit included an ‘industry meets academia’ session and a discussion on aerospace hardware, which provided a great opportunity for staff to learn more about the current needs of the sector.

Regional companies DPF Engineering in Carlow, and Mann Engineering in Wexford, are part of the Emerald Aero cluster. The group invests heavily in technology and demonstrates a high level of innovation, making them very attractive to engineering graduates as potential employers.

Speaking about the visit, Stephen Rooney commented, “It’s fantastic to have such a well-established industry cluster visit us here in Carlow. From the perspective of our own engineering cluster, it is a great opportunity to benchmark ourselves against them and it will help us realise the potential that is there for our own regional companies.”

Dr Cathal Nolan said, “This visit is very important for the department as it merges industrial and academic expertise while also giving our students exposure to employment opportunities. The department hopes to collaborate with the EAG in the future on a number of projects and to drive investment and development in the region.”