Installations of so called Smart Electronic systems are an ever-increasing part of daily life. They are encountered in our cars, in the home and in the workplace, controlling the environment within our buildings, safely regulating the cars that we drive and revolutionizing the way in which we spend our free time.
The electronic systems of today are highly complex and miniaturized so that they can fit in our pockets, can be worn without discomfort (indeed they will be soon embedded in our clothing), or occupy as little desk space as possible. Examples of these systems include mobile phones, iPods, PCs, Energy meters, and all the electronic instrumentation that is used today to measure how healthy we are.
The list of areas where electronics specialists are required is endless and is growing everyday. It has been estimated for example that the ever-spiralling cost of energy means that all utility supplies to home or business (be it electricity, water or oil) will need to be monitored electronically within the next 10 years. To achieve this objective, the Irish government has set aside four billion Euros to facilitate the installation of so-called "smart" electronic energy meters and devices in our homes.
It is clear that the extraordinary growth in the electronics sector is set to continue far into the future and that the need for talented people and new companies to design, test, install and maintain these systems has never been greater.
To equip students with the ability to best exploit their electronics skills it is evident that some expertise in enterprise formation will be invaluable to the graduate scientist in today's dynamic Technology start-up market. Hence, students on this course will pursue the entire Minor Option in Entrepreneurship and small business formation that is offered by the Kemmy Business School in UL.
Our well-equipped laboratory facilities enable you to acquire practical experience that will make you very competitive in today's and tomorrow's job market.