MarCon employee wins prestigious award
By Martina Nee
An employee of Galway-based MarCon Computations International Ltd has received the Mary Breslin Award after successfully developing new software which will help to target new markets in the aquaculture/mariculture industry and the fisheries agencies.
During his participation in the InterTradeIreland’s FUSION programme, Polish native Tomasz Dabrowski, teamed with experts at Queen’s University in Belfast and was placed with MarCon Computations in Galway. He helped MarCon develop a novel GIS-based software application that integrates sophisticated hydrodynamic water quality and shellfish lifecycle modelling. The product will expand the company's software product range and help it to compete in new markets.
Mr Dabrowski completed the FUSION programme last week, graduating from the Smurfit Business School with a diploma in management practice, along with 38 other FUSION colleagues. He was also awarded the Mary Breslin Memorial Award for the most outstanding FUSION graduate this year.
The Minister of State responsible for Trade and Commerce, Mr John McGuinness TD, praised the accomplishments of the graduates at the graduation ceremony saying the programme was bringing positive benefits to both economies, North and South. He added that “the current economic climate challenges all of us but the lesson from this programme remains the same: In the 21st century, the knowledge economy can deliver sustained growth and high quality jobs.”
InterTradeIreland established the award in honour of Mary Breslin, an extremely dedicated member of the InterTradeIreland Board who tragically passed away in 2005. As part of the award, Dabrowski will receive a £2,000 travel scholarship to allow him to undertake a study visit that would benefit his work with MarCon.
FUSION participants work in partnership with a technology company and an academic institution, which is selected for having particular expertise that could help the company address its business challenges. Companies that participate in the FUSION programme report an average benefit of approximately €1 million each in efficiency savings and increased sales.