MU opens Robotics Lab supported by Intel

Pictured l-r: Rebecca Doolin (MU Vice-President External Relations), Kenny McNamee (Intel), Prof Gerard Lacey HOD (MU), Joe English (Intel), Dave Selkirk (Intel), Allan Stewart (Intel)
Wednesday, January 31, 2024 - 14:45

Maynooth University has announced the official opening of Maynooth University Robotics Lab, supported by a donation from Intel.

The state-of-the-art lab will provide Maynooth University students with access to innovative robotic technologies and equipment used by engineers from Intel and other companies.

The Robotics Lab will serve as a hub of innovation for students to bridge the gap between classroom learning and practical application, fostering creativity, pushing boundaries of technology, and empowering them to develop and refine their skills in the field of robotics. The opening event included demonstrations of cutting-edge technologies and equipment available to students.

Maynooth University Robotics Lab will play an important role in supporting students in MU’s current undergraduate and Master’s Degree programmes in Robotics and Intelligent Devices, Electronic Engineering, and Computer Science, fostering skills and providing industry-relevant education.

The establishment of the robotics lab, which was realised with the support of Maynooth University Foundation and the Department of Electronic Engineering, further strengthens the ties between Intel and the University. Intel’s donation, coupled with an investment from the University, demonstrates the positive impact on student learning and innovation that public-private partnerships can yield.

Speaking about the lab opening, Intel’s Dave Selkirk, Senior Director Manufacturing Automation, said: “We are delighted to support Maynooth University in the establishment of this teaching facility. Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing is increasingly reliant on the type of skills that this facility will provide. We look forward to continuing to work together with Maynooth University, a valued academic partner here in North Kildare.”

Vice-President External Affairs at Maynooth University Rebecca Doolin said: "The opening of the new Maynooth University Robotics Lab would not have been possible without the generous support of Intel. Now MU engineering students have an opportunity to develop their skills by working with the same robots that the Intel engineers down the road are using. The new robotics lab represents a deepening of ties between Intel and MU, while also demonstrating the positive impacts on student learning and innovation that such partnerships can yield.”

Back Row l-r: Sarah Byrne, Kenny McNamee (Intel), Joe English (Intel), Allan Stewart (Intel), Dave Selkirk (Intel), Sage Redmond, Conal Hughes, Shauna Recto, Chris Abraham.
Front Row l-r: Meda Griniute, Rana Hameed, Andy Lee Mitchell, Anthony Foley, James Petri, Edward Jakunskas.