College of Science and Engineering at NUI Galway to Host CAO Virtual Information Evening

Áine Brazil
Nov 17 2020 Posted: 15:18 GMT

Áine Brazil, former Vice Chairman at the New York engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti, will join industry leaders,lecturers and current students from NUI Galway’s College of Science and Engineering for a CAO Virtual Information Evening on Thursday, 19 November, from 7-9pm.

The event will feature live presentations on the University’s Science, Engineering, and Computer Science degrees. Visitors to the Information Evening can watch a live panel discussion offering practical advice on researching course options; attending Open Days; navigating the CAO applications system; life as a university student; placements, study-abroad, fieldwork opportunities; and employability and career options.

Current Science and Engineering students of Physics, Microbiology and Biomedical Engineering will offer their perspectives and experiences of studying across the physical and biological sciences, and engineering.

Áine Brazil, an Engineers Ireland ‘International Engineer of the Year’ recipient, NUI Galway graduate, and structural engineer, who was conferred with an honorary doctorate from NUI Galway in 2015, will speak about her career as a successful and influential engineer. Áine also sponsors the Máire Brazil Scholarship, named after her mother and awarded annually to the highest-ranked female student of Civil Engineering at NUI Galway. The award offers €2,000 to the winning student in each of the subsequent three years of the BE Civil Engineering degree.

Commenting on the future in store for science and engineering graduates, Áine Brazil said: “In my over 40-year career I was fortunate to impact design approaches for the efficiency and safety of high rise buildings in New York city. The next 40 years promises greater change and exciting opportunities."

Additional speakers include:

  • Brendan Tuohy, Chief Physicist with Galway University Hospitals, will discuss his time as a Physics student at NUI Galway, and his career with the HSE as a medical physicist.
  • Marian Finnerty, Senior Environmental Health and Safety Specialist at medical device manufacturer Merit Medical, will discuss her career and advise visitors on NUI Galway’s BSc in Environmental Health and Safety, which is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

Dr Gavin Collins, Vice-Dean for Student Recruitment in Science and Engineering at NUI Galway, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for 5th and 6th year students to hear first-hand from lecturers and students, as well as graduates who have pursued successful careers across the sciences and engineering. We will also showcase our new degrees in Genetics and Genomics, Agricultural Science, our integrated five-year Bachelors and Masters of Engineering degrees, and we’ll provide news on our sports scholarships.”

To register for the Virtual Information Evening visit: or for further information contact Eilís Ní Loingsigh at


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