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Chair Designate of Technological University Dublin welcomes Professor David FitzPatrick as incoming Inaugural President

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20/12/2018 12:44:14

David Fitz


Thursday, 20 December 2018: Following the designation for TU appointment by Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, the soon to be established Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) is delighted to welcome Professor David FitzPatrick as its inaugural President. He will take up his role on the 1st of January 2019.

Prof. FitzPatrick is currently Principal of the College of Engineering & Architecture and Dean of Engineering at UCD, with responsibility for the strategic planning, personnel management and budgetary performance of the faculty. Since 2014 he has also served as a member of the University's executive team.

Prof. FitzPatrick holds a bachelors degree in Engineering from Trinity College Dublin, and a doctorate in biomechanics from the University of Oxford. After receiving his doctorate, Prof. FitzPatrick worked in the orthopaedic industry, initially with Howmedica International Ltd. in Limerick, followed by a career with DePuy International in Leeds. His work with DePuy International included managing product development, strategy and research programmes for knee, upper limb, trauma and spinal product lines.



In 1998, Prof. FitzPatrick returned to Ireland to UCD's Department of Mechanical Engineering and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2005, Associate Professor in 2010 and full Professor in 2012. He served as Head of the School of Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Engineering from September 2005 to August 2011, followed by a period as Vice Principal for Internationalisation & Development in the College of Engineering and Architecture. Following his appointment as Provost of the Beijing-Dublin International College in 2012, he led the development of Ireland's largest dual-degree programme initiative in China and has continued in that role since becoming Principal of UCD's College of Engineering & Architecture, and a member of UCD's University Management Team, in 2014.

Professor Tom Collins, incoming chair of the first TU Dublin Governing Body, which also comes into being on 1 January 2019, congratulated Professor FitzPatrick on his designation for appointment as President and wished him well in his new position, "Professor FitzPatrick comes to the position with excellent academic credentials, considerable experience at executive level, in addition to his highly regarded leadership as Principal of the College of Engineering & Architecture and Dean of Engineering at University College Dublin (UCD).

He also has a significant international profile and extensive industry experience, having managed the product development and research of orthopaedic devices. Clearly, he is well qualified to lead TU Dublin into the future, and on behalf of the incoming TU Dublin Governing Body, I wish him well in his new position and look forward to working with him as we chart the future direction of TU Dublin."

In his statement of intent, Professor FitzPatrick said, "The establishment of TU Dublin is a once in a generation change in the national Higher Education landscape and carries the opportunity to create a step-change in engagement, innovation and enterprise within the regional socio-economic environment. It is therefore a huge personal honour to be appointed as the inaugural President of TU Dublin and I am greatly looking forward to contributing my skills and experience to the new university, upon commencement of my role on the 1st of January 2019."



In July this year, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar together with Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchel O'Connor, and Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure, announced TU Dublin as Ireland's first technological university, bringing together the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) and the Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT).

TU Dublin has three core campuses at Grangegorman, Blanchardstown and Tallaght. It will receive formal designation as a technological university on the 1st of January with the first graduates of the new TU receiving their awards from the new university in 2019.




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