Published October 2022
Briefly describe yourself:
My name is Jun and I am originally from South Korea. My family migrated to New Zealand when I was 6 and we've been living in New Zealand since then. I have graduated high school from Burnside, and currently, I am completing my final year in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Outside my studies, my hobbies are playing sports and going outdoors.
Why did you choose UC?
The main reason I decided to study at UC is due to its high reputation for Engineering. The High Voltage Lab also sparked my interest to study at UC, especially electrical engineering as I always had interest in high voltages since high school.
I always had an interest in mathematics and physics throughout high school which allowed me to consider engineering as a career. With this interest, I had the opportunity to be part of an industry tour in high school to visit Dynamic Controls and Beca. At the company tours, I had the chance to talk to various engineers and their roles in the company. This stimulated my interests in engineering and to pursue a career as an engineer.
How you have benefited from the Aruhiko Power Engineering Excellence Trust (PEET) Scholarship?
I benefited hugely from the industry events hosted by the trust. From the events, I was able to gain knowledge from and connections with professionals in the industry.
How would you like to contribute to the electricity industry after completing your studies?
After completing my studies, I want to contribute to the electricity industry bit by bit as I progress through my career. But I am particularly interested in finding new innovative renewable energy solutions to power New Zealand. This summer, I'm looking forward to starting as a Graduate Engineer at Vector in Auckland.
What advice would you give students about studying engineering, or even electrical engineering?
Studying engineering is a long and hard process but make sure to ask questions even if it is a simple question. There is lots of help and support in the engineering department but only if you seek it! Look for opportunities to get involved in the electrical industry while you are studying - this year I've enjoyed working as a casual undergraduate electrical engineer at Beca. I've gained some very cool industry experience and connections!
What have been your highlights at UC so far?
The different projects I have been involved in at UC definitely gave me an advantage solving problems in the real world. Also making new and meaningful friends has been my highlight at UC. Getting involved with the power industry and running events as the President of the UC IEEE student branch has also been a highlight!