First graduates of innovative course have grand designs

THE onward march of innovation at the University of Limerick is about to hit another milestone with the upcoming graduation of the first students in product design technology.

Ten undergraduates are completing the course, which was introduced at UL four years ago.

Numbers have been rising steadily and a further 23 will graduate next year with BSc’s in product design.

Kate Corish, 21, from Raheen in Limerick, who designed a sol-A-lift panel lifter, is one of the first who will graduate.

She said: “In the course we take something from concept right through to design, development and manufacturing.”

She said there would be a growing demand for product design engineers in this country with increasing numbers of multinationals setting up design operations here.

Ms Corish said: “It is getting big in Ireland. Most big companies have their design sections based in company headquarters abroad, but more and more are setting up design teams in their operations in this country. I would like to go abroad to get some experience after I graduate and then, later on, to come back with this experience.”

A similar course is available in Dublin, but the UL degree course is seen as a huge addition to UL’s hi-tech status.

The college is preparing to take in its first group of medical students in September, when the graduate entry school of medicine opens.

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