24 May 2017

Lilly awarded Gold for their support of Irish engineering community

Lilly Gold Corporate Partner - May 2017
The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) has awarded Lilly Kinsale with Gold Corporate Partner status. Lilly was awarded with gold for demonstrating an ongoing commitment to supporting Irish undergraduate engineering students through its Kinsale manufacturing operation.

The company has been a long term supporter of IChemE’s whynotchemeng campaign, which looks to improve schoolchildren understanding of careers in chemical engineering. It has held several events for post-primary school students in Ireland, and encourages its engineers to take part in mentoring activities as part of their Continued Professional Development (CPD).

Lilly Kinsale has strong ties with local Universities, and runs a successful undergraduate programme for up to 6 students each year, offering them practical work experience in conjunction with their area of study. The organisation also subsidises IChemE membership fees for all chemical engineering undergraduate students in Irish 3rd level institutions, north and south.

The upgrade to Gold Partnership will see Lilly Kinsale join a select number of companies in the top tier of IChemE’s Corporate Partner programme.

The presentation took place this month at the Blue Haven Hotel in Cork, Ireland. Lilly’s Vice President of Corporate Engineering and Global Health, Safety and Environment (HSE), David Sternasty, Lilly Kinsale Director of Engineering, Eoin McManus, Consultant Process Engineer, Sam Moursy, IChemE’s Director of Qualifications, Neil Atkinson, and President Jonathan Seville were all in attendance.

Jonathan Seville said:

“It’s a pleasure to award Lilly Kinsale with IChemE’s Gold Corporate Partner Award. I’m hugely impressed by the enthusiasm of their engineers, who have given up their own time to share their knowledge and experiences with schoolchildren and chemical engineering undergraduates here in Cork.

“Lilly’s engineers have set a great example of what chemical engineering can contribute to the pharmaceutical sector, and they help to manufacture products that enable us to live longer, healthier lives. It’s a great example of why chemical engineering matters.”

David Sternasty said:

“Our ultimate goal is to hire the brightest engineers and then continually engage, challenge and develop them professionally to become the very best they can be, engineers who are capable of delivering innovative manufacturing solutions for making the medicines of today and tomorrow. Our partnership with IChemE is helping us to achieve that.

“As part of this partnership, we have developed relationships with all levels of the education system locally; from primary school to post-graduate level and employees have greatly enjoyed mentoring students in the study of science, engineering, technology and maths.”

Lilly employs over 42,000 people worldwide, conducting clinical research in more than 55 countries with manufacturing plants in 13 countries including Ireland.

The Kinsale site employs approximately 80 chemical engineers, working in diverse functions across the site and has a reputation for technical excellence in chemistry and biotechnology to bring the next generation of innovative medicines to patients around the world.

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