An engineering profession does not limit your possibilities

Silicon Republic | March 05, 2019

BT’s Edel Harrington recounts how her career in engineering has brought her around the world and back again. Edel Harrington is an IP network design engineer with BT Ireland. She is the platform owner for BT’s access equipment – this is the box BT sends to customer sites in order to deliver its services to them.
In this role, Harrington is part of a team that looks at innovation in BT’s networks, continuously asking how they can make networks more efficient and generating new ideas. She is also involved in new product launches and any product enhancements, working closely with other teams in engineering, finance, procurement, sales, and product.

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For decades, we've dreamed of robots that can be our companions. Now, Danielle Ishak is trying to build one. Named ElliQ, this robot is aimed at the elderly who live alone, and it's in the homes of about a dozen beta testers in the Bay Area. Ishak's task is to study these seniors interactions with ElliQ to make sure the robot is something they actually want.

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For decades, we've dreamed of robots that can be our companions. Now, Danielle Ishak is trying to build one. Named ElliQ, this robot is aimed at the elderly who live alone, and it's in the homes of about a dozen beta testers in the Bay Area. Ishak's task is to study these seniors interactions with ElliQ to make sure the robot is something they actually want.

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Holcim US Increases Aggregate Capabilities with Latest Acquisition

Holcim | August 10, 2022

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Kastle Systems Chosen as Approved Security Vendor for Rokstone Construction Risk Underwriters

Kastle Systems | July 13, 2022

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