Ulster Bank UL Branch Manager Criona Russell with winner Ashleigh Smith at the 2009 Product Design Showcase in the University of Limerick.
Recently the University of Limerick welcomed product design enthusiasts from industry and business to the University for Design Ed 2009, the annual exhibition of the exciting new products designed during the academic year by the graduating class of the Product Design and Technology programme at the University of Limerick. Twenty new products were showcased by the 4th year students in the Science Exhibition Hall at UL.
These products, described as being "among the brightest of design ideas to be seen in Ireland" by the President of UL, Professor Don Barry, who opened the exhibition, included fins for 'body surfing' a new type of clothes dryer, a children's exerciser to build bone strength and straightness, and an insulin delivery kit that is worn on the body, to name but a few
"This event is of vital importance for three reasons, it gives students an opportunity to illustrate to industry, at a professional exhibition, what they are capable of. Secondly it reaffirms to us that the 'learning by doing' approach is vital to provide industry ready graduates for careers in product design and technology and thirdly, an event like this is important for Ireland and the Irish economy, if these students continue with the innovation they have showcased today, creating commercially viable products, Ireland could reap the benefits through employment opportunities, wealth creation and economic progress" said President Barry at the event.
The Product Design and Technology programme is now six years old and this is the third group of graduates. Course Director of Product Design and Technology Niall Deloughry commented that demand for the course is continually growing and is most popular amongst students who wish to pursue a creative career in design with a strong influence of engineering.
The showcase also featured an award ceremony for students taking part in the showcase with Ulsterbank sponsoring the Designer of the Year award, won by Ashleigh Smith and the runner-up was Ross Stack, and CADPO Solutions awarding the Best First Year Award at the event which was won by James Malone.
The UL graduates will be bringing their products to the New Designers Exhibition in London in July, where over 18,000 professionals, public, media and educational leaders will congregate to see what's new in design.