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DateThursday, June 06, 2013

DIT Student Wins Emutex Scholarship

Scholarship Competition Aims to Encourage Students to Pursue 3rd Level Education in Electronic, Computer and Software



130606_EMUTEX_John_Twomey_Robert_Bordianu_&_Anthony_Fe.jpgLimerick based software company Emutex, has named DIT student Robert Bordianu as the winner of The Emutex Software Innovator of the Year Scholarship. Launched throughout Ireland's Third Level institutions in late 2012, the competition challenged students to apply their expertise in software and innovation to create an application using a popular miniature computer.



Robert (pictured centre) is a mature student who is studying Information Systems and Information Technology at Dublin Institute of Technology. His project was to create a pocket-sized file server using a cheap miniature computer. Images, videos and other files were stored on the €50 device. He then developed iPhone and Android apps to access the files from wherever he was. The design notably included a high emphasis on security measures to protect the data on the device.



Robert explained; "Essentially this is like a Dropbox but gives the owner full responsibility of their information, thus guaranteeing privacy. Nothing is stored in the cloud and so security is in the hands of the user. Winning this competition has been the proudest moment of my life. Plenty of sleepless nights went into this project but in the end the hard work paid off. I'm honoured that the guys in Emutex appreciate the effort that I've put in."



Founded in 2007, Emutex is a software engineering company that specialises in the design and development of embedded software for communication systems and devices. The company's software can be found in many types of devices including phone systems, network switches and routers, security firewalls, thin-client displays, alarm systems and metering devices.



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John Twomey, Managing Director of Emutex, (pictured left) said he was very impressed with all the students' efforts; "It's great to see students like Robert taking such an interest in Software Engineering and Science. His idea was innovative and designed as a real-world marketable product. It's very positive to see that there is a renewed interest in 3rd level computer software engineering and science disciplines in recent years. This indicates that there finally is a recovery from the large drop off in student numbers during the Celtic Tiger era. It gives industry hope that there will be engineering graduates to fill the many engineering roles that will be available in the future. It is imperative that our industry continues to promote such education."



The Emutex Software Innovator of the Year Scholarship was launched to encourage people to take an interest in Engineering from a young age and to highlight what the company described as "a shortage of Computer Engineering and Science graduates throughout Ireland" and will now continue the Scholarship programme in 2014.


Expressing his desire to see other indigenous companies offer similar initiatives to promote computer software engineering and science, Twomey added; "The scholarship program was launched to encourage students in Ireland to pursue relevant 3rd level courses in order to produce an indigenous work force for the future. Currently, Emutex and many other software engineering companies are forced to go abroad to hire engineers due to the shortage of an appropriately skilled work force in Ireland.

Creating computer engineering and science graduates for the future will help ensure that Ireland remains a world leader in the computer software industry," he concluded.



Robert,  who holds a full-time job in construction whilst studying part-time at night, will be awarded with his student fees paid for a year as well as a paid internship in Emutex. Prizes were also awarded to Sam Boles (Dublin Institute of Technology) and Eoin Sheils-Ryan (Dundalk Institute of Technology) who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in the competition.







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