Sorcha Ní Mhuimhneacháin

Sorcha Ní Mhuimhneacháin graduated with a degree in Energy Engineering from University College Cork (UCC) in 2015. During her studies she spent a year at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), specialising in renewable energy technologies. She also led the Engineers Without Borders Chapter in UCC, which became a dominant voice for sustainability issues on campus and a force for change in the education of engineering students.

Supported by the Dr. Elmer Morrissey Memorial Scholarship and Darwin’s Santander Bursary, she completed the MPhil programme in Engineering for Sustainable Development at the University of Cambridge in 2017. Her research, sponsored by the Arthur Shercliff Memorial Trust, focussed on bottom-up strategies to accelerate the electrification of remote mountain communities in Nepal.

In 2018 she returned to Munich to join Canadian Solar as part of their burgeoning Systems Solutions department. She now works on turnkey execution of photovoltaic projects in Europe. As well as informing technical design, she collaborates on strategy development for new market entry. Her priority is to target ventures which are mutually beneficial to both community and company.

Sorcha’s talk is entitled Activism in Engineering: The importance of elevating the ideas of young idealistic engineers as well as the value of modern activist culture’