'My subject excites me because of the possibility that you can shape the world...'
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Chemical and Process Engineering
PhD in Bioengineering
Commercial Project Analyst, ADInstruments, Dunedin
Hannah chose to study at UC because she heard that its Engineering school 'was the best' and she also 'liked the feel' of Christchurch.
'I really enjoyed living in Christchurch, meeting lots of new people, and I was fortunate to be a part of a really friendly and supportive Engineering class.'
Hannah specialised in bioprocess engineering. Her PhD research involved modelling complex chemical pathways, the outcome of which was used by UC's Centre for Bioengineering Brain Group.
'My subject excites me because of the possibility that you can help build and shape the world around you,’ she says. ‘It is cool to think that the work that the Brain Group is doing now will hopefully one day help those with neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and stroke.’
She adds: 'An Engineering degree teaches you lifelong skills that I believe are useful for any profession: logical problem solving skills, research skills, patience and determination'.
Hannah has gone on to work in a number of roles at ADInstruments, a company that makes software and hardware for life science research and education.
‘My main project at the moment involves analysing and documenting the pricing and transfer pricing for the hundreds of products that ADInstruments sells to universities and research institutes around the world,’ she says. ‘It’s exciting to me to be able to apply my “engineering mind” to other commercial areas in the business.’
Although Hannah found the Professional Years of her BE(Hons) challenging, she believes the secret to her success was the level of support she had.
'Engineering can be a very challenging degree – asking for help and encouragement from your whānau, friends and academic staff when you need it is very important.
‘For me, the best things about studying at UC were the people I met and worked with, and all the valuable lessons that I learned – both academic and non-academic!’