The manufacturing sector is the second largest employer in Ireland. For this reason, a great importance is given to research and training which constitute a pivotal way to acquire knowledge and respond to the lack of qualified workforce.
As far as metal AM is concerned, the country saw the establishment of the SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Metallic Systems (AMSCDT) to respond to the specific needs of this industry.
Dedicated to post-Doctoral training centre for metal additive manufacturing, the centre has just won the Education Laboratory of the Year Award, an award that recognizes the collaborative work between the University of Sheffield, University of Manchester, University College Dublin and Dublin City University, and the Irish component led by Prof Dermot Brabazon at DCU.
For those who do not know, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the UK’s main organisation for funding research in engineering and the physical sciences as well as the state agency Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) have cofounded the SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Metallic Systems (AMSCDT).
“The UK and Ireland has a critical shortage of doctoral level metallic materials specialists, which impacts on our competitive manufacturing capabilities,” Professor Brabazon said. “In the Centre, we deliver four-year doctoral projects with technical and leadership training for STEM graduates. The projects are designed specifically for and with industry, to support high-value manufacturing across the whole supply chain, from fundamental research through to industrial delivery.”
With a strong focus on the development of qualified workforce, the centre integrates metallurgy and laser processing facilities, and explores PhD projects that address industrial challenges. It is an advocate of research and industry engagement.
The centre’s ambition is made possible today with the support of sponsoring companies which solve their manufacturing challenges while getting access to the next generation of highly-trained graduates. In providing this training, the expertise and facilities at DCU fit well with those at the universities of Sheffield, Manchester and UCD.
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