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Article Date: 12th May 2016

Breathing Buildings to give Keynote Address to Cambridge University Students

Cambridge University - Engineering Department - Natural Ventilation

Breathing Buildings - Emmanuel College

On 1st June 2016 Dr Shaun Fitzgerald FREng, CEO of Breathing Buildings, will open the proceedings at Emmanuel College for the Civil Engineering Students day of presentations on their final year projects. Shaun has been asked to give the keynote address to inform and inspire the students about the opportunities in engineering.

Shaun’s experience in establishing Breathing Buildings and completely changing the world of ventilation in the UK is an inspiring story for the students. It is a case study of an engineer identifying fundamental issues with various incumbent technology offerings 10 years ago and setting about resolving them. The incredible progress of Breathing Buildings and the strong links with Cambridge University, in terms of intellectual property, collaborative research and teaching, is an example for others to follow. Shaun believes that the most successful engineering companies are those which innovate, and that it is vital that the brightest minds are used in this endeavour – hence the links with universities such as Cambridge.

The final year students will be graduating at the Senate House in Cambridge at the end of June. Many of the students in the engineering department are still thinking hard about their career opportunities and Shaun hopes to inspire them to make an impact using the skills they have honed over the last 4 years. Breathing Buildings recruits engineering graduates every year from Cambridge University, and other universities with excellent engineering courses. Other companies will be present too at the event on 1st June and it is hoped that students will be excited about the prospects they have to truly make a difference to our world. The Royal Academy of Engineering, where Shaun is a Fellow, has highlighted the challenges which the industry faces with more engineers being needed than we are currently training – and hence the importance of ensuring as many engineering graduates actually enter the profession upon graduating.

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