Limerick engineering firm launches scholarship and internship programme

19 Dec 2012

Third-level undergraduate students interested in a career in science or engineering can now take advantage of a new scholarship and internship from Limerick engineering company Emutex Ltd.

Emutex Ltd., an embedded software solutions firm based in Raheen, said the aim of its Software Innovator of the Year Scholarship is to encourage young people to consider a career in computing in light of the shortfall in science and engineering graduates in Ireland.

The company’s first annual scholarship programme is aimed at third-level undergraduate students in software/computing disciplines. Emutex will cover the winning student’s third-level fees for one year, and will offer him or her an internship within the company.

Under the programme, students are being invited to apply their expertise in software and innovation to create an application using the Raspberry Pi embedded device. The winning idea will be selected from a shortlist of 10 entries, which will be showcased on Emutex’s website. Applicants should submit their ideas via the website, which also has further details about the programme.

“During the past year, we have had to look overseas to fill seven out of 10 job vacancies due to a shortage of suitably qualified professionals in Ireland. The skill level required is just not available here at present,” said John Twomey, managing director, Emutex.

“There is a clear need in this country to encourage young people to pursue engineering and science in secondary and third-level education to enable them for successful careers in electronic and computer software engineering.”

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic