Galway-based company MarCon Computations International Ltd has developed new software enabling the company to target new markets in the aquaculture/mariculture industry and the fisheries agencies, by participating in InterTradeIreland’s FUSION programme.
Polish native Tomasz Dabrowski was teamed with experts at Queen’s University Belfast and placed with MarCon Computations in Galway, through the FUSION programme, and was helped by MarCon to develop a novel GIS-based software application that integrates sophisticated hydrodynamic water quality and shellfish lifecycle modelling.
The new product expands the company's software product range and helps it compete in new markets. FUSION is a ground-breaking North/South initiative that bridges the gap between business and academia.
Dabrowski completed the FUSION programme, graduating from the Smurfit Business School with a diploma in management practice, along with 38 FUSION colleagues.
Dabrowski was 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.
Mr Dabrowski said, “The nature of the FUSION programme provided me direct and active involvement in a broad range of the company’s operations, enabling me to acquire skills in the areas of business strategy, project management, accounting, marketing and sales. I would definitely recommend FUSION to other companies and graduates.”
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.
Minster McGuiness added, “Development of the knowledge economy requires this kind of closer co-operation between academic and research institutions and the private enterprises with the ability to commercialise new technology.”