Two Atlantic Technological University (ATU) engineering students in Galway have gotten a jump start on the final year and careers with a bursary from a local biomedical firm.
Qistina Binti Ab Halim, an Energy Engineering student from Renmore, and Roy Sheridan, a Mechanical Engineering student from Castlebar living in Galway, have been awarded bursaries from Galway-based firm TE Connectivity.
They are entering into their final year of their studies within the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the Galway campus.
The two were chosen for the bursary of €2,500 each based upon their outstanding academic achievement.
Another part of the bursary is that each will be assigned a mentor from TE Connectivity to complete a project in their final year.
Qistina said that she was “delighted and humbled” to have been chosen for this bursary, and is looking forward to a “collaborative, innovative and fun” final year project with the company.
“The bursary will reduce my financial burden and will help jump start my engineering career by allowing me to immerse myself completely into my studies.”
She also said that hopes that receiving this bursary might help draw more female students into STEM courses.
Roy Sheridan also said that the bursary a huge benefit in his final year, allowing him to focus on his studies, and thanked those who chose and sponsored him for it.
“It’s an honour and privilege to be chosen. I’m looking forward to working on my major project under the guidance of engineers from the company.”
TE Connectivity is Swiss headquartered global technology company, with a medical arm based in Galway for more than four decades.
Dr Oliver Mulryan, Head of Dept of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, said, “It’s a competitive workplace and getting our students to link-up and collaborate on projects with industry is “win-win” for everybody – the students, company and engineering school.”
“This is going to leave an indelible mark on the students’ learning experience during their formative years.”
Correction: This article previously stated that TE Connectivity was based in the US.