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Trinity students travel to California to participate in the Stanford Design EXPErience 2013

20 June 2013

Pictured from left to right: Donal Holland, Ray Barrett, Peter Weldon, Eimear Connolly, Mark Culleton, Assist. Prof. Mike Brady, Dr Tony O'Donnell (SAP), Assist. Prof. Gareth Bennett.

Four Trinity students from the Schools of Engineering and Computer Science have just completed an intensive 30 week industry sponsored design project in collaboration with four of Stanford's graduate mechanical engineering students. The project culminated in a public design presentation and showcase in Stanford University's prestigious D-School this June. The event attracts the industry leaders of Silicon Valley as they attend to scout-out the next big design  innovation or disruptive technology. This year the event was as successful as ever, with projects sponsored by companies such as Audi, Microsoft, Unicef, Volvo, FIFA, Rovio (Angry Birds) and a Columbian Bank to name but a few.

"Our students: Eimear Connolly, Peter Weldon, Mark Culleton and Ray Barrett (CS) were exceptional" reports Prof. Gareth J. Bennett, coordinator of the TCD ME310 team.  "They delivered a world class presentation to a packed lecture theatre in the Packard Centre in Stanford and then later that day showcased their Design Innovation Solution to enthusiastic participants of the Showcase in the D-School. Their dedication and commitment to the project throughout the 30 weeks was exemplary and the solution they developed has already attracted interest from companies looking to commericalise it."

Prof. Margaret O'Mahony, Head of the School of Engineering and instigator of the link between TCD and Stanford, is delighted with the performance of the team. "This collaboration has been a huge success and Trinity is now considered by Stanford and this elite University network as a peer in Design Innovation. Fostering the relationship required careful planning and necessitated strategic staff placements in Stanford but the result has been beneficial to the School of Engineering and has allowed the ability of our students and our high academic standards to attain international visibility."


Stanford Group

SAP, the world leader in enterprise software, sponsored Trinity College Dublin’s participation in this year’s session of Stanford’s prestigious ME310 Design Innovation course. ME310 is the ‘gold standard’ course in industrial design and Trinity joined an elite international group of universities for this
year’s programme.

Four TCD postgraduates partnered with four Stanford Engineering students on a Design Innovation Challenge defined by SAP. The focus was on SAP’s AppHaus innovation space and how remote collaboration between teams can be achieved using the latest in technology and design thinking.The AppHaus concept is itself inspired by Stanford’s influential and represents the latest in innovative workspaces. SAP opened its first large scale implementation in Dublin in early 2012, and is now converting a number of buildings on their Mountain View campus. The Dublin and Silicon Valley teams collaborate closely, and the students were tasked with looking at how to shrink the physical distance between the locations.

The ME310 course places students in a ‘real world’ design dialogue with a corporate partner and, by the end of the course, they deliver a bespoke innovative solution or process for that company.

“Trinity’s Engineers and Computer Scientists are as good as the best in the world. An invitation to collaborate directly
with Stanford’s School of Engineering and to be part of its Global Network of Elite Universities is testament to this fact. Trinity’s leading reputation in design excellence delivers graduates who can both pioneer new companies to create indigenous employment and help reinvent existing companies to make them more competitive,” said Prof Gareth Bennett who headed up the ME310 teaching team for Trinity with Profs Margaret O’Mahony, Kevin Kelly and Mike Brady and teaching assistant Dónal Holland.


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