EPECentre Undergraduate Scholar
Published August 2020
My name is Emilie Feasey, and I am a final year student studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering, with a minor in Power Engineering, at the University of Canterbury.
The University of Canterbury was a natural choice for me. I only moved to New Zealand in my final year of high school, so I wanted to stay in Christchurch and be able to experience all the amazing outdoor opportunities that Canterbury and the South Island has to offer. I had the opportunity to take COSC121 and 122 in high school through UC’s STAR programme, which gave me a chance to see what campus life would be like ahead of time.
I was also impressed by the student club culture at UC and the range of student outreach and support initiatives available. While at UC, I’ve been involved in EngMe (the College of Engineering mentoring programme for Engineering Intermediate or First year) and WiE CAN (the College of Engineering Residential programme for high school girls). Last year, I attended the 2019 EEA conference as a student helper. This year I have also been involved with the UC IEEE Student Branch, as the sponsorship coordinator. This experience has allowed me to develop a different skillset while pitching sponsorship packages to industry members and organising events such as mock interviews.
As part of the engineering degree requirements, students need to undertake 800 hours of work experience. I have been lucky enough to have had internships at Mitton Electronet and Mainpower, both of which are EPECentre members. These internships have been one of the most rewarding aspects of the degree: they provide an entirely different learning experience to university, allowing you to apply your knowledge on exciting new projects and learn from experienced engineers.
The Electric Power Engineering Centre at UC has been a fantastic resource throughout my studies. The industry events that the EPECentre runs are a great way to make connections and gain a deeper insight into the industry from the perspective of those working in it. The EPECentre also hosts a number of seminars with speakers from both industry and academia. I have greatly benefitted from attending these seminars throughout my time at university, and have found it immensely motivating to gain an understanding of the wider context of my studies in Power Engineering.
As I look towards graduating, I am excited to embark on a career which challenges me in an industry that combines technical problem-solving with the opportunity to provide a tangible benefit to society.