Merck announces prize for Cork chemical engineering students

Article by Amanda Doyle

Darragh Kane
Left to right: Páraic Butler (Engineering Manager, Merck), Martin McAuliffe (Head of Site Operations, Merck), Barry O’Connor (President, CIT), Aisling O’Gorman (Chemical Engineering, CIT), Michael O’Donohue (Process & Technology Lead, Merck), Cilian Ó Súilleabháin (Chemical Engineering, CIT), Noel Duffy (Chemical Engineering, CIT), Michael J. O’Mahony (Head of Department of Process, Energy & Transport Engineering, CIT)

SCIENCE and technology company Merck celebrated 30 years at its site in Cork, Ireland, in 2018 and has marked the anniversary with a new prize for chemical engineering students at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT).

Merck Cork launched the Merck Prize for Academic Excellence in Chemical Engineering in December 2018. The annual prize of €1,000 (US$1,144) will be awarded to a fourth-year chemical engineering student at CIT who achieves the highest marks in the core taught modules.

Martin McAuliffe, Head of Site Operations at Merck Cork, said “We are fortunate to be located close to leading universities and institutes such as CIT, as they are a key pipeline of technical talent that will continue to support our success into the future. Merck Cork is committed to partnering with the Irish academic community to support the next generation of scientists and engineers.”  

Since its founding in 1988, Merck Cork has grown from 35 employees to over 700 today. Worldwide, Merck has around 51,000 employees and the Merck headquarters in Germany celebrated its 350th anniversary in 2018.

Article by Amanda Doyle

Staff Reporter, The Chemical Engineer

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