Fellowships for UC staff

12 April 2012

UC academic Professor Geoffrey Chase (Mechanical Engineering) and UC Council member Rex Williams have been elected Fellows of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ).

UC academic Professor Geoffrey Chase (Mechanical Engineering) and UC Council member Rex Williams have been elected Fellows of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ).

The announcement was made at the annual IPENZ Fellows and Achievers Dinner held in Wellington recently. Fellowships recognise an eminent contribution to engineering in New Zealand.

The Institution said Professor Chase, who is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, was elected for his contribution to the advancement of engineering knowledge. 

“We recognise his contribution to the research field of biomedical systems and health monitoring and control. His research output is prodigious, and he holds an international reputation as a thought leader in this field. The improved understanding of how to control hypo- and hyper- glycemia through his research has led to practical applications which will reduce patient mortality and improve the health outcomes for others.”

Mr Williams, a former Chancellor of the University and a UC alumnus, was elected for his contribution to leadership in the profession of engineering. 

“We recognise his contribution as an engineering business leader, in which role he was an early adopter of sustainable development principles and led initiatives to improve health and safety as well as achieving business success,” said the Institution.

“His contribution in governance includes roles as diverse as Chancellor of the University of Canterbury, Commissioner on the Canterbury Regional Council, and the West Coast Health Board.”

IPENZ Fellows comprise less that 10 per cent of the institution’s membership (currently around 12000 members). Fellows must be nominated by peers.

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