Caitlin Bergervoet

  • Caitlin Bergervoet

EPECentre Undergraduate Scholar


Published December 2018

Briefly describe yourself

I play a lot of saxophone and am in the Christchurch Youth Orchestra, which is sponsored by UC. I am also in a few groups at the Christchurch School of Music, where I teach saxophone.

Why did you choose to study at UC?

The EPECentre scholarship was one of my deciding factors to attend UC, along with the other scholarships, such as Go Canterbury.

Why engineering?

I decided that I wanted to do electrical engineering in Year 11 and 12, when I was doing engineering classes at high school and also an electronics course. I find it really interesting and feel like power engineering is a really great way to work towards a green future for New Zealand. I also took art at high school and thought engineering would enable me an outlet for creativity.

My interest in power engineering is something that has developed with my alignment with the EPECentre. 

How have you benefitted from the EPECentre scholarship?

I have been on both the North Island and the South Island field trips, which were really great. We were able to visit power stations and everything to do with the power sector. It’s good to see what we’re studying and our subjects relate to.

How would you like to contribute to the electricity industry after completing your studies?

I was at a talk by Transpower and the CEO was talking about the future of renewable energy, which really resonated – that’s something I want to be involved in.

UC Engineering has committed to the Diversity Agenda. What are your experiences of diversity at UC?

One of our female lecturers expressed that she really likes seeing women come into maths and engineering, which I would agree with. The opportunities are there for girls, but I think often they don’t consider it when they should.

What advice would you give to students thinking about engineering?

If you don’t know something, ask for help; everyone is really approachable and accessible here. Studying engineering isn’t easy, but the design projects put everything into perspective – they let you apply everything you’ve learnt, so I would definitely suggest people put the effort into design.

What have been your highlights of the year?

My big highlight was my of our design projects, where my group built a laser hub mini-controller. This is where you have lasers pointing down and when they are interrupted it sends a signal to the processor, which in turn sends a signal to your computer and makes music. It was really great to be able to combine my love of music and my interest in electrical engineering.