Having announced the first winner of its scholarship programme, Limerick software firm Emutex has revealed plans to continue this initiative to encourage more young people to consider careers in computer science and engineering.
Robert Bordianu has been selected as winner of the 2012/2013 Emutex Scholarship and Internship Programme, which was launched in 2012. Bordianu is now working as an intern for Emutex, which is based Limerick’s National Technology Park, and the company is paying for his third-level fees for the year.
Due to the encouraging response received last year, the programme has been extended. The 2013/2014 Emutex Software Innovator of the Year Scholarship is aimed at third-level undergraduates in software and computing disciplines, who are invited to apply their expertise in software development and innovative thinking to create an application using the new Intel Galileo open-source mini-computer.
Ideas must first be submitted to the Emutex website and, from these, three finalists will be selected. These students will each receive a Galileo board to build a working prototype of their idea, and the best project will win the scholarship.
The winning student will have the opportunity to intern with the company and have their fees covered for one year.
“Like many in the technological sector in Ireland, Emutex’s continued growth and success is heavily dependent on a continuous supply of innovative and talented graduates in the computer engineering and science field,” said Joe Gibbs, chief operating officer at Emutex. “However, many job vacancies are still being filled by overseas candidates due to the shortage of suitably qualified professionals in Ireland.”