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Eamonn Sinnott conferred with Honorary Doctorate

Posted: 19 October, 2015

Eamonn Sinnott of Intel, and President of the Irish American Chamber of Commerce, was honoured on Saturday at the first day of DIT Graduation Ceremonies for the class of 2015.

Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT with Dr. Eamonn Sinnott, h.c., at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Eamonn, who graduated from DIT in 1986, is currently General Manager of Intel Ireland and Vice President, Technology and Manufacturing Group, for Intel Corp.  He was conferred with the award of Doctorate of Philosophy, honoris causa in recognition of his significant achievements in business and innovation and his success in promoting foreign direct investment in Ireland.

Dr. Eamonn Sinnott with his wife Marian in St. Patrick’s Cathedral for his conferring with Honorary Doctorate

The ceremony took place in St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Eamonn was conferred in the company of several hundred undergraduate and postgraduate students of Electical and Electronic Engineering.  This citation was read by Professor Gerry Farrell, Director and Dean of the College of Engineering and Built Environment.  In his address to the assembly Professor Brian Norton, the President of DIT,  described  Eamonn Sinnott as ‘a standard bearer’ for graduates starting out on their own careers.  He said “Each year Dublin Institute of Technology seeks to acknowledge the important contribution to society made by those who have achieved distinction in their field, whether that is in the arts, sciences, sport, or the world of business and innovation.  As a student in Kevin Street in the 1980's Eamonn Sinnott could not have foreseen the technological developments that would emerge to shape our world today but throughout his career he has demonstrated key attributes that we ascribe to all our graduates:  intellectual curiosity; professional engagement, and the capacity for initiative and innovation.  His achievements as a leader and his contribution to Ireland's economic development are immense.   As Professor Farrell has said in his citation, we are proud to welcome Eamonn back to DIT and to celebrate him as a standard bearer for graduates here today who are starting out on their own careers.”

Eamonn Sinnott with Professor Gerry Farrell, Director and Dean of the College of Engineering and Built Environment, who delivered the citation for his conferring with the award of Honorary Doctorate

Over 900 DIT students of the College of Sciences and Health and of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering were conferred at three ceremonies. Congratulating all of the graduates on their achievements, the President highlighted a number of individuals on their successes:  Deirdre Corr who has won the ‘island of Ireland’ Undergraduate Award in the Computer Science category:  those who were Highly Commended, placing them in the top 10% of students in their categories; and the winners of the Student Excellence Awards whom he said had “excelled among your peers, who themselves have set a very high bar for you.”

Further graduation ceremonies for the class of 2015 will take place on Saturday 31 October; 14 November; and 21 November.