EPECentre Undergraduate Scholar 2017-18
Published December 2018
Briefly describe yourself
I am an electrical and electronics engineering student from Kaitaia, at the top of New Zealand.
Why did you choose to study at UC?
Coming from a rural town, I thought Christchurch would be a better fit. Engineering at UC also has a good reputation, so it was an easy choice for me.
I’ve always been really interested making things with my hands. It all started in Year 12 when my friend and I installed a radio and speakers into my truck – initially I thought I could be an electrician, but then the career advisors at school suggested electrical engineering at UC.
How have you benefitted from the EPECentre scholarship?
The mentorship programme was really helpful. I was able to meet with my mentor regularly to ask questions, as there was a lot I didn’t know about the course and electrical in general. He really helped clarify what I wanted to do.
How would you like to contribute to the electricity industry after completing your studies?
I am quite interested in design engineering – specifically designing products that are more efficient and contribute to decreasing power consumption overall.
UC Engineering has committed to the Diversity Agenda. What are your experiences of diversity at UC?
Everyone has different ways of thinking, so diversity is definitely a good thing. Particularly in design, the more different backgrounds you have, the more perspectives you can draw on.
What advice would you give to students thinking about engineering?
Go for it – it’s definitely worth it. I didn’t really know much about electrical engineering at the start, but I was good at maths and physics, so I thought I would give it a go. The good thing is that they teach you from the ground up; you don’t need to have prior knowledge of your specialisation. It also helps if you have a genuine interest in what you are studying.
What have been your highlights of the year?
This year, it’s been great learning things specific to electrical engineering. As one of our group projects, I made a programmable guitar pedal, which was quite cool. It was also something that we could actually use after the project. Making something that was relevant reinforced why I started doing electrical in the first place.