Intel award encourages and supports a new generation of high-achieving women to take up the challenge of a career in science and technology
A recent WIT graduate was recently honoured at a ceremony held in Dublin as Intel Ireland unveiled its 2017 Women in Technology scholars as well as the recipients of its Women in Technology award.
One of Intel Women in Technology award recipients is Nicole de Perio, a past pupil of CBS New Ross who moved from the Phillipines to Ireland eight years ago. Following her second-level education she went on to study a Higher Cert in Mechanical Engineering at WIT, which she graduated from in November 2017.
The Head of Careers in WIT Angela Collins commented that “the Intel Women in Technology scholarship programme, increases awareness and encourages and supports a new generation of high-achieving women to take up the challenge of a career in science and technology and would like to thank and acknowledge their commitment.”
Nicole was nominated for the awards by members of the Engineering faculty at WIT.
Paul Allen, Course Leader, Higher Cert in Mechanical Engineering, explains why Nicole was nominated.
"The study of mechanical engineering requires a wide skillset ranging from applied mathematics and science to creativity, design and practical skills. Nicole was nominated for this award not only based on her extremely high academic achievements across these broad areas, but also for her overall approach to college life which was always friendly, kind and hardworking. I believe that she will make an excellent, high skilled contribution to any company and has a very bright future."
The Intel Women in Technology awards are presented to a number high achieving students who have recently graduated from technical disciplines at Institutes of Technology across Ireland. 8 women, who have completed Level 6 or 7 qualifications, received this award, which involves a monetary payment, and were each were selected based on academic excellence.
Nicole describes being selected for an award as “unreal”. “I didn’t expect to be chosen because there are so many students. I am very grateful that they chose me,” she says.
She explains why she chose the Higher Cert in Mechanical Engineering at WIT. “My interest has always been in science and maths and I wanted to do more in that area and designing with CAD technology. I really wanted to do something where I can use those skills.”
Nicole is currently taking some time out to figure out what direction she wants her career to go in.
Speaking about the Women in Technology programs at the presentation event, Sarah Sexton, Intel Public Affairs, said “At Intel we have a strong commitment to diversity and recognise that the world in which our business operates today is one of increased dynamism where women are key consumers and key contributors of valuable perspectives and ideas. We are delighted to once again have the opportunity to encourage more young women to pursue careers in science and technology, as well as giving them firsthand experience of the career opportunities at Intel”.