Mac Karalus

  • Mac Karalus 2022

EPECentre Undergraduate Scholar


Published April 2022

Briefly describe yourself

I am a Fourth Year Electrical and Electronic Engineering student originally from Nelson. When I am not studying, I enjoy getting outdoors to go biking, surfing or running.

Why did you choose to study at UC?

I chose to study at UC because of the engineering reputation and student culture. There are great academic resources and support services offered to students. There is a big range of student clubs for students to get involved in and meet others with similar hobbies. The location of the university also makes it easy to get out to the beach or the hills for a study break.

Why engineering?

I have always been interested in how things work and throughout high school developed an interest in physics and maths. Being able to apply these topics to the real world and get hands on with design drew me to engineering.

How have you benefitted from the Aruhiko Power Engineering Excellence Trust (PEET) Scholarship?

The PEET scholarship has been incredibly helpful throughout my studies. I had access to mentors and industry members which helped me learn about different career options. Industry events run by EPECentre have been a great way to start talking to engineers in industry and make connections. I also learnt a lot about the industry through seminars and site visits.

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

I am interested in the power industry and specifically in the future of the electrical grid in New Zealand. My third year design project gave me the opportunity to learn about EPECentre's research into the Future Architecture of the Network project. My engineering work experience at Network Tasman also gave me insights into planning and designing networks for the future. I would like to get involved with working towards a more efficient and sustainable electrical grid.

What advice would you give to students thinking about engineering?

I have found studying engineering challenging but really rewarding. I would encourage anyone thinking about studying engineering to give it a go! Everyone brings unique perspectives and experiences. If you are unsure about where to start then have a chat to one of the helpful student advisors.

What have been your highlights at UC so far?

In my studies I've enjoyed the Third and Fouth Year design projects as they've allowed me to get hands on and start applying engineering skills to real world problems. I have also enjoyed working in industry and learning about engineering from a different perspective during my engineering work experience. Another highlight has been getting involved with the student clubs and the events they hold.