UL launches New Professional Doctorate in Engineering

The University of Limerick through Lero – the Irish Software Research Centre, the Department of Computer Science & Information Systems, the Enterprise Research Centre and the Department of Design & Manufacturing, have just launched a Professional Doctorate in Engineering in Software and Enterprise Excellence (PDEng).

This professional doctorate embraces research activities which can be described as professional practice. The term research is used in an inclusive way to accommodate all activities that support original and innovative work in the range of academic, professional and technological fields and is not restricted or related solely to a traditional ‘scientific method’.

 The context for this PDEng programme is the practitioner workplace and the focus is on solving real-world problems faced in the daily work-place. The scope of these issues can be sufficiently large to be addressed in a significant piece of research planned and conducted over a period of time and which results in a PDEng award.

 

Why Software and Enterprise Excellence? 

The Irish software industry represents a very significant component in the economy. It is highly export-oriented and it comprises over 1,000 companies, 80% of which are indigenous. The sector generates exports in excess of €70 billion annually and the 2011 national census would suggest that well over 100,000 people are in software-related employment.

The software industry is very competitive globally with many countries having a significant presence, however skills gaps are frequently cited as an obstacle in the Irish software industry, and it is envisaged that this PDEng will help to significantly increase the skill base in Ireland over the coming years.

 

In addition to the many indigenous successful exemplars, many of the world’s leading enterprises are located in Ireland;

  • 9 of the top 10 software companies,
  • 9 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies,
  • 12 of the top 15 medical technology companies,
  • 15 of the top 20 financial services companies,
  • 9 of the top 15 internet companies and
  • 3 of the top 6 games publishers.

Enterprise Excellence programmes in UL have had a positive impact on over 300 participating firms across Ireland and made a significant contribution towards enhancing the skill-base of these organisations.

To ensure relevance and appropriateness, a fundamental review of Lean and Six Sigma programmes was undertaken in 2015 in the context of UL’s commitment to the highest quality standards in programme design and delivery and to ensure that these programmes continue to be at the leading edge nationally and well positioned to compete internationally.

This PDEng programme has been developed specifically to enable leaders in Enterprise Excellence who deliver platform, incremental and radical process improvement projects within their organisations.

 

In developing this PDEng programme, Engineers Ireland, the Irish Computer Society, the Irish Software Association, the American Society for Quality, the Shingo Institute and the Lean Enterprise Academy Association were involved in the design, delivery and assessment of the PDEng award.

 

The programme began with a qualifier module in October 2016 with 8 students which assessed the capability of the candidate to construct a research proposal. On successful completion of this module, all 8 have been advised to proceed.  Candidates will take specialised courses on a block release format with additional online access to material and course-work.

This Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) is flexibly delivered and designed to facilitate people in maintaining a full-time work schedule while studying simultaneously. 

The University of Limerick through Lero – the Irish Software Research Centre, the Department of Computer Science & Information Systems, the Enterprise Research Centre and the Department of Design & Manufacturing, have just launched a Professional Doctorate in Engineering in Software and Enterprise Excellence (PDEng).

This professional doctorate embraces research activities which can be described as professional practice. The term research is used in an inclusive way to accommodate all activities that support original and innovative work in the range of academic, professional and technological fields and is not restricted or related solely to a traditional ‘scientific method’.

 The context for this PDEng programme is the practitioner workplace and the focus is on solving real-world problems faced in the daily work-place. The scope of these issues can be sufficiently large to be addressed in a significant piece of research planned and conducted over a period of time and which results in a PDEng award.

 

Why software and Enterprise Excellence? 

The Irish software industry represents a very significant component in the economy. It is highly export-oriented and it comprises over 1,000 companies, 80% of which are indigenous. The sector generates exports in excess of €70 billion annually and the 2011 national census would suggest that well over 100,000 people are in software-related employment.

The software industry is very competitive globally with many countries having a significant presence, however skills gaps are frequently cited as an obstacle in the Irish software industry, and it is envisaged that this PDEng will help to significantly increase the skill base in Ireland over the coming years.

 

In addition to the many indigenous successful exemplars, many of the world’s leading enterprises are located in Ireland;

  • 9 of the top 10 software companies,
  • 9 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies,
  • 12 of the top 15 medical technology companies,
  • 15 of the top 20 financial services companies,
  • 9 of the top 15 internet companies and
  • 3 of the top 6 games publishers.

Enterprise Excellence programmes in UL have had a positive impact on over 300 participating firms across Ireland and made a significant contribution towards enhancing the skill-base of these organisations.

To ensure relevance and appropriateness, a fundamental review of Lean and Six Sigma programmes was undertaken in 2015 in the context of UL’s commitment to the highest quality standards in programme design and delivery and to ensure that these programmes continue to be at the leading edge nationally and well positioned to compete internationally.

This PDEng programme has been developed specifically to enable leaders in Enterprise Excellence who deliver platform, incremental and radical process improvement projects within their organisations.

 

In developing this PDEng programme, Engineers Ireland, the Irish Computer Society, the Irish Software Association, the American Society for Quality, the Shingo Institute and the Lean Enterprise Academy Association were involved in the design, delivery and assessment of the PDEng award.

 

The programme began with a qualifier module in October 2016 with 8 students which assessed the capability of the candidate to construct a research proposal. On successful completion of this module, all 8 have been advised to proceed.  Candidates will take specialised courses on a block release format with additional online access to material and course-work.

This Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) is flexibly delivered and designed to facilitate people in maintaining a full-time work schedule while studying simultaneously. 

 

PDEng Advisory Board  and Students:

Pictured are back row left to right, Dr. Chris Coughlan, Grainne Murphy, Alexander McDonnell, Richard Keegan, Prof. Kevin Ryan, Prof. Brian Fitzgerald Dr. Sean Moore, Eddie Armstrong, Dr. Hugh Lewis, Emma Moore, Sean Lynn and Claire McInerney. Front row seated left to right, Dr. Chantelle Kieran, Prof. Bonnie Steves, Prof. Jane Grimson, Dr. Ann Ledwith, Paula Lawdon, Bridget Hennigan, Siobhan Byrne and Dr. Gerard Grace. Picture: Alan Place

20 December 2016


The University of Limerick through Lero – the Irish Software Research Centre, the Department of Computer Science & Information Systems, the Enterprise Research Centre and the Department of Design & Manufacturing, have just launched a Professional Doctorate in Engineering in Software and Enterprise Excellence (PDEng).

This professional doctorate embraces research activities which can be described as professional practice. The term research is used in an inclusive way to accommodate all activities that support original and innovative work in the range of academic, professional and technological fields and is not restricted or related solely to a traditional ‘scientific method’.

 The context for this PDEng programme is the practitioner workplace and the focus is on solving real-world problems faced in the daily work-place. The scope of these issues can be sufficiently large to be addressed in a significant piece of research planned and conducted over a period of time and which results in a PDEng award.

 

Why Software and Enterprise Excellence? 

The Irish software industry represents a very significant component in the economy. It is highly export-oriented and it comprises over 1,000 companies, 80% of which are indigenous. The sector generates exports in excess of €70 billion annually and the 2011 national census would suggest that well over 100,000 people are in software-related employment.

The software industry is very competitive globally with many countries having a significant presence, however skills gaps are frequently cited as an obstacle in the Irish software industry, and it is envisaged that this PDEng will help to significantly increase the skill base in Ireland over the coming years.

 

In addition to the many indigenous successful exemplars, many of the world’s leading enterprises are located in Ireland;

  • 9 of the top 10 software companies,
  • 9 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies,
  • 12 of the top 15 medical technology companies,
  • 15 of the top 20 financial services companies,
  • 9 of the top 15 internet companies and
  • 3 of the top 6 games publishers.

Enterprise Excellence programmes in UL have had a positive impact on over 300 participating firms across Ireland and made a significant contribution towards enhancing the skill-base of these organisations.

To ensure relevance and appropriateness, a fundamental review of Lean and Six Sigma programmes was undertaken in 2015 in the context of UL’s commitment to the highest quality standards in programme design and delivery and to ensure that these programmes continue to be at the leading edge nationally and well positioned to compete internationally.

This PDEng programme has been developed specifically to enable leaders in Enterprise Excellence who deliver platform, incremental and radical process improvement projects within their organisations.

 

In developing this PDEng programme, Engineers Ireland, the Irish Computer Society, the Irish Software Association, the American Society for Quality, the Shingo Institute and the Lean Enterprise Academy Association were involved in the design, delivery and assessment of the PDEng award.

 

The programme began with a qualifier module in October 2016 with 8 students which assessed the capability of the candidate to construct a research proposal. On successful completion of this module, all 8 have been advised to proceed.  Candidates will take specialised courses on a block release format with additional online access to material and course-work.

This Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) is flexibly delivered and designed to facilitate people in maintaining a full-time work schedule while studying simultaneously. 

The University of Limerick through Lero – the Irish Software Research Centre, the Department of Computer Science & Information Systems, the Enterprise Research Centre and the Department of Design & Manufacturing, have just launched a Professional Doctorate in Engineering in Software and Enterprise Excellence (PDEng).

This professional doctorate embraces research activities which can be described as professional practice. The term research is used in an inclusive way to accommodate all activities that support original and innovative work in the range of academic, professional and technological fields and is not restricted or related solely to a traditional ‘scientific method’.

 The context for this PDEng programme is the practitioner workplace and the focus is on solving real-world problems faced in the daily work-place. The scope of these issues can be sufficiently large to be addressed in a significant piece of research planned and conducted over a period of time and which results in a PDEng award.

 

Why software and Enterprise Excellence? 

The Irish software industry represents a very significant component in the economy. It is highly export-oriented and it comprises over 1,000 companies, 80% of which are indigenous. The sector generates exports in excess of €70 billion annually and the 2011 national census would suggest that well over 100,000 people are in software-related employment.

The software industry is very competitive globally with many countries having a significant presence, however skills gaps are frequently cited as an obstacle in the Irish software industry, and it is envisaged that this PDEng will help to significantly increase the skill base in Ireland over the coming years.

 

In addition to the many indigenous successful exemplars, many of the world’s leading enterprises are located in Ireland;

  • 9 of the top 10 software companies,
  • 9 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies,
  • 12 of the top 15 medical technology companies,
  • 15 of the top 20 financial services companies,
  • 9 of the top 15 internet companies and
  • 3 of the top 6 games publishers.

Enterprise Excellence programmes in UL have had a positive impact on over 300 participating firms across Ireland and made a significant contribution towards enhancing the skill-base of these organisations.

To ensure relevance and appropriateness, a fundamental review of Lean and Six Sigma programmes was undertaken in 2015 in the context of UL’s commitment to the highest quality standards in programme design and delivery and to ensure that these programmes continue to be at the leading edge nationally and well positioned to compete internationally.

This PDEng programme has been developed specifically to enable leaders in Enterprise Excellence who deliver platform, incremental and radical process improvement projects within their organisations.

 

In developing this PDEng programme, Engineers Ireland, the Irish Computer Society, the Irish Software Association, the American Society for Quality, the Shingo Institute and the Lean Enterprise Academy Association were involved in the design, delivery and assessment of the PDEng award.

 

The programme began with a qualifier module in October 2016 with 8 students which assessed the capability of the candidate to construct a research proposal. On successful completion of this module, all 8 have been advised to proceed.  Candidates will take specialised courses on a block release format with additional online access to material and course-work.

This Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) is flexibly delivered and designed to facilitate people in maintaining a full-time work schedule while studying simultaneously.