Barry Kennedy Honoured with Fellowship by Engineers Ireland

Barry honoured by Engineers Ireland

Barry Kennedy Honoured with Fellowship by Engineers Ireland

Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR) is proud to share that our CEO, Barry Kennedy, has been awarded the prestigious Fellowship by Engineers Ireland. This honour, bestowed at a ceremony in Dublin’s InterContinental Hotel on Thursday 23rd of May, recognises Barry’s exceptional contributions to the engineering profession in Ireland.

Engineers Ireland, a representative body with over 28,000 members, awarded Fellowships to 16 distinguished individuals who have significantly impacted the engineering landscape in Ireland. The Fellowships were presented by the President of Engineers Ireland, Dr. Edmond Harty. This exclusive recognition is granted by Presidential invitation, highlighting the recipients’ influence and inspiration within the engineering community.

Barry Kennedy, at the helm of IMR, has been instrumental in driving the centre’s strategic direction towards delivering innovative and sustainable technologies for the industry. His leadership has focused on advanced automation and robotics, the digitisation of manufacturing, and design for manufacturing. Barry’s career spans 19 years at Intel, where he held various engineering and leadership positions before joining IMR.

Reflecting on this accolade, Barry Kennedy expressed his gratitude and shared his vision for the future.

“I am personally delighted to have been honoured by Engineers Ireland with this award, the highest for engineers in this country. It is more than an acknowledgement to me but also to the entire Irish Manufacturing Research team, who daily live and drive engineering to the next level, helping industries cope and make sense of the technical challenges they face to transform their businesses in this new digital era. The IMR team have tirelessly focused on delivering solutions to industry across the areas of Robotics & Automation, Digitisation & AI, Design for Manufacturing, Precision Machining, Industrial Additive Manufacturing, Sustainability & the Circular Economy.”

Barry also emphasised the pivotal role of Engineers Ireland in maintaining engineering excellence.

“Engineers Ireland is an important institution and has guided and set the standards for excellence in Engineering across multiple disciplines, traditional and emerging, since its inauguration in 1835. They are at the forefront of continuous professional development for engineers ensuring that engineers continue to grow, learn, and maintain high standards. This is a vital role as technology changes the face of all disciplines of engineering. Never before has Engineers Ireland had such a pivotal role to play in Irish society.”

The President of Engineers Ireland, Dr. Edmond Harty, lauded the recipients for their contributions.

“All engineers conferred with professional titles stand as exemplars of our profession and will act as industry leaders at a time when Ireland needs engineers more than ever. I also wish to specially commend those named as Fellow by Presidential Invitation today, for the outstanding contributions they have made to promoting the value of engineering in Irish life.”

IMR congratulates Barry Kennedy on this remarkable achievement!