The Engineering, Energy and Emerging Technologies Initiative (E3)

On 25 May Trinity announced its plans to establish a new Engineering, Energy and Environment Initiative, also known as E3. E3 represents a major new collaboration between the Schools of Engineering, Computer Science and Statistics and Natural Sciences.

E3 will be without precedent in Ireland, and among the first internationally to integrate engineering, technology and scientific expertise, at scale, to address some of the greatest challenges facing the planet.

The E3 Institute will introduce a new STEM curriculum, involving a seamless integration of teaching, project work and research in new innovative ways for students, graduates and researchers. From first year, students will engage in project based learning, working in teams across the disciplines of engineering, the natural sciences and computing.

Enterprise, creativity, teamwork and critical thinking will be emphasised as part of the overall education experience. New postgraduate courses will be created in the area of six E3 research themes of Cities; Environment; Data; Resources; Production and Well-being.

Climate change, renewable energy, personalised data, water, connectivity and sustainable manufacturing are just some of the global challenges that our future graduates will be equipped to understand and lead in the technology-enhanced ecosystems of the 21st century. With the E3 Institute we aim to enable new research around these areas of global challenge; create new curricula in STEM; and attract many more students to our university. Trinity is currently the top choice for STEM applications in the CAO. We have to turn away many qualified applicants for engineering and ICT courses despite there being a shortage. We are working with government, business and industry to address this shortage and provide for the future skills needs of the country in education, research and innovation. E3 will be a crucial component of the engine of growth in the Irish economy and in the transition to a ‘smarter’, healthier society.

Provost Dr Patrick Prendergast

The Learning Foundry

Trinity STEM students, Cian Walsh (Computer Science & Language) and Aedin McAdams (Zoology) with Dr Martin Naughton & Provost pictured at the announcement of the Naughton Foundation gift of €25 million to the E3 Initiative. Central to the vision of the E3 Institute is the construction of the Learning Foundry, a state of the art 6,086 square metre facility based on the main Trinity campus which will deliver new teaching facilities and an innovative interactive learning space for undergraduate and postgraduate students. The Schools of Engineering, Computer Science and Statistics, and Natural Sciences will share the new Learning Foundry which will be a launchpad for a new kind of education experience for students with a focus on collaborative and project work. It will have capacity for 1,800 additional places for students of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) which constitutes an increase of 50% STEM places over ten years.  

The Grand Canal Innovation District

The E3 Initiative will also form part of the planned expansion of Trinity's campus in the Grand Canal Innovation District. Completion of this capital project will see the Trinity sitting at the heart of the silicon docks.

More information on E3

We are seeking advice and input from the wider community as we develop and implement plans for E3. We are also seeking financial support to help us deliver the new modern infrastructure and enhanced educational experience for the students.

For further information on how to invest in E3 please Deirdre Tracey or by telephone +353 1 896 3560.