The 2014 Dublin Local Committee Members:
Craig Rafter, President
Hey everybody, my name is Craig; I’m a student in University College Dublin in the first year of my Masters of Electronic and Computer Engineering. I’m currently on work placement with the TV Technology Development unit at S3 Group, an international electronics solutions provider founded here in Ireland. I love to spend my free time watching movies, reading, and teaching myself new things, whether it be a new programming language or learning about new technologies and anything else I find fascinating, I also enjoy playing hockey! I am passionate about travelling and exploring new places which is why I thought IAESTE was the perfect opportunity for me.
I went on IAESTE placement during the summer of 2013 at FESB in the University of Split, Croatia. While there I created a suite of data analysis macros to process the raw data produced by the M.A.G.I.C. Telescope project. As well as learning an unbelievable amount I made many new wonderful friends in Split, both the other trainees and the Split Local Committee were the best company I could have hoped to have while exploring Croatia and its wonderful culture. I got involved with the Dublin LC the moment I got back and was lucky enough to be sent to JUMP 2013 in Malta with Roanne where we met other enthusiastic IAESTE members and learned all about IAESTE. I am delighted to be President of the Dublin LC this year and I look forward to welcoming our 2014 trainees and helping the LC provide an exciting summer programme and a fantastic IAESTE experience.
Roanne Hynes, Vice President
After the third year of my degree I started to really focus on what I wanted to do after I graduated. I was studying Biochemistry in Trinity and there were a number of career options for me. For example, further study with a master’s degree, work in the pharmaceutical industry or an academic research career. I decided I wanted some real work experience but I also wanted to travel so I applied to IAESTE. I was offered a placement in the Medical University of Lodz, Poland. My accommodation for the duration of my placement was organised by IAESTE and I was warmly greeted at the airport by the local IAESTE committee network in Poland. The local committee continued to be a fantastic support to all the international trainees during their time abroad. My traineeship consisted of a placement in a cancer research laboratory
I am currently working as a research assistant in a Biomedical Sciences Institute at Trinity College Dublin and will be pursuing a PhD the following year. The research experience I gained through IAESTE was one of the main factors in helping me decide which career path was the right choice for me after graduation. Thankfully I was elected as the President of the Dublin LC for the coming year; a position that I was happy to take! I will never forget the memories that I have thanks to IAESTE and I hope that I can do my best in the role of Vice President.
Emily Campion, Secretary
Hello, my name is Emily and I am currently in my first year of study towards a Master’s degree in Energy Systems Engineering in University College Dublin. I applied to IAESTE in 2012, as I wanted to gain some work experience in engineering, while getting the opportunity to live abroad. I spent the summer of 2013 completing my traineeship in the beautiful city of Munich, Germany. I was working in the Technical University of Munich (TUM), but I was mainly based in the Laboratory of High Voltage Technology and Power Transmission. Which simply translates from the German – “Lehrstuhl für Hochspannungs- und Anlagentechnik“
Whilst in Munich I lived with 8 other IAESTE trainees which was such a great experience. I learned so much from my IAESTE traineeship and I got the opportunity to travel to several amazing places. When I returned to Ireland I quickly joined the local committee as I had caught the ‘IAESTE Bug’. I was delighted when I was elected for the position of Secretary for the Dublin LC and hope that I can contribute positively within my role. I look forward to working with the rest of the committee in bringing an amazing experience to both incoming and outgoing trainees.
Stuart Deane, Treasurer
During my third year of college, like most other technical students, I was on the hunt for an internship to gain some experience and make myself stand out when I finally left college. I was studying Mechanical Engineering with ambitions of moving to a Bioengineering Masters. I had been doing the usual of applying for everything even remotely related discipline when I was introduced to the IAESTE programme by a friend. I was matched with a polymer engineering internship in Leoben, Austria. My application was sent to the employer there, a university, and I was accepted. I couldn’t have been happier with the work, having been given my choice of projects for three months.
There were 13 trainees and we got on really well, travelling all over Europe at the weekends and meeting up for parties during the week. My experience definitely helped me when I applied for my Masters and at the minute I am doing a Master’s degree in Bioengineering – specialising in medical device design. As well as that, the experience gives the best opportunity to meet people from every country and background you can imagine. I enjoy getting out and doing whatever sport is available. When I was in Austria I took up rock climbing and have been doing it ever since. Otherwise I have spent a lot of time surfing and hiking, but I will give anything a go.
Maebh Larkin, Public Relations Officer (PRO)
Hi everyone! My name is Maebh (May-v) and I’m studying for a Masters in Electronic and Computer Engineering in UCD. As part of my Masters I’m completing eight months of professional work experience as a Verification Engineer with Intel Ireland which is super exciting. When I’m not being an engineer and doing sudoku puzzles, I love travelling, meeting new people, climbing mountains, surfing, skiing, smiling and generally dancing around the place. As a fluent Irish speaker and Irish culture enthusiast, I’m a true patriot at heart but I dream of spending some time living and working abroad. When I was in secondary school, I won a German scholarship from the Goethe Institut to spend three weeks in Germany on an intensive language course along with 56 other students of German from all over the world from Mexico to Kyrgyzstan!
There is something special that happens when you bring people from such different cultures but with a common interest together, and when I heard about IAESTE I knew it was for me. I spent three months in 2013 on an IAESTE traineeship at the Paul Scherrer Institut in Switzerland working with the Swiss Free Electron Laser Group. I learned so much, visited so many places and met so many fantastic people. As Public Relations Officer of the Dublin Local Committee I hope to contribute to the experience of both incoming and outgoing trainees. We’ll be taking plenty of photos along the way – SMILE! “Differences of language and habit are nothing at all, if our aims are identical and our hearts open.”-Albus Dumbledore
Jonathan Gorman, Technology Lead
Hello there, my name is Jonathan – but everyone calls me Johnny. I am currently studying for a Master’s degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering at University College Dublin (UCD), and as part of this I am undertaking a seven month work placement with Accenture Ireland. I am unique in the fact that I am the only member of the Dublin LC to have never actually completed a traineeship with IAESTE, albeit that I was offered a very interesting web-engineering based traineeship in Kaunas, Lithuania in 2013. Unfortunately for a number of reasons the aforementioned, and increasingly dubious, traineeship was unable to take place, but I still managed to gain an internship based in Ireland (thankfully). I am a bit of a technology geek, but I do try and find time for some of the more ‘normal’ things in life. I am a sports enthusiast – I love all types of sport from rugby and soccer to mountain biking and skateboarding.
I was more than happy when I was approached to become the Technology Lead for the Dublin LC for the current operating year as it would give me an opportunity to not only meet up with my current IAESTE friends, but make many new friends along the way. As Technology Lead I am accountable for anything mildly technical (which isn’t much), including the creation of this wonderful website (sneaky website plugin). I am looking forward to meeting all incoming trainees in 2014 and I’m sure we’ll all have a great time together! Until then, future friends – Johnny.
Jonathan Towers, Outgoing Trainees Officer
Hey everyone, my name is Jonny and I have recently completed my Bachelor of Engineering degree at University College Dublin, majoring in Civil Engineering. I believe that I am an adventurous person at heart and have always sought out opportunities to travel and go abroad. For example, I spent the third year of my degree on exchange at the University of Melbourne, Australia. During this time I was able to travel extensively around Australia and New Zealand as well as spending six weeks touring South-East Asia on my journey home. When I first heard about the IAESTE programme it was something that instantly appealed to me as it provided the opportunity to live abroad whilst also gaining valuable work experience in my chosen field.
In the summer of 2013 I was offered the chance to undertake an internship in Vienna, Austria at hydrophil iC; which is an engineering consultancy firm specialising in water and environmental engineering. At hydrophil iC, I provided support on numerous projects from across the world ranging from hydropower plants in Uganda to water development projects in Vietnam. Throughout my traineeship I took all possible opportunities to travel and visit places I had never been before. An excellent way of doing this was to get involved in the IAESTE organised weekends which took me to cities such as Berlin, Budapest and Zurich. One of the best things about IAESTE is the amount of people you meet and friends you make, from all over the world. I was lucky enough to make some close friends from places as far and wide as USA, India, Lebanon and Australia; many of whom I am still in contact with on a regular basis.
Austin Craig, Incoming Trainees Officer
Hey there! My name is Austin Craig and I’m a final year student of Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology at University College Dublin (UCD). Here in Dublin I’m the Event Coordinator on the IAESTE local committee and I also work part-time with the Irish army as an infantry soldier. I love to travel and I love to meet new people! Some of my past experience involves working in Disneyland Paris for over 6 months!Prior to my IAESTE traineeship, I had an exchange semester abroad in University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where I took a variety of graduate classes with the hope of applying them to my final year research project and postgraduate research. From my UCLA experience I picked up a variety of new laboratory techniques which I wanted to put to use straight away.
IAESTE provided me with a fantastic opportunity to build on my laboratory techniques by setting me up with a fantastic traineeship at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (IOCB) in Prague! My job here was to synthesis a chemical compound to mimic the activity of insulin. This insulin-mimic was hoped to be administered as an oral pill; therefore people suffering from diabetes did not need to inject themselves with insulin.Another fantastic aspect from doing a traineeship with IAESTE was the opportunity to meet the other IAESTE trainees from all over the world and travel with them to various destinations across Europe as part of IAESTE organised weekends.I feel indebted to IAESTE for the incredible experience I had and I’m thrilled to be a member on the local committee; I am certain the future holds more fascinating opportunities in store and I’m confident that with the other members on the local committee we can achieve any task set to us and more.