04 May 2015

Prestigious appointment

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A Massey University professor has been hand-picked for a prestigious humanitarian engineering initiative.

Massey’s School of Engineering and Advanced Technology programme director, Associate Professor Jane Goodyer FIPENZ, has been invited to be a part of a University Twinning and Networking Programme of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

Massey is one of four universities leading the programme, which aims to examine key areas where engineering can be harnessed to improve humanitarian and development outcomes through two major areas of work. These could be, for instance, the education of engineers on applying their skills and knowledge in humanitarian situations and educating local communities on basic engineering skills to support more sustainable routes out of poverty.

The invitation follows Dr Goodyer’s election as a Fellow of the British-based Institution of Engineering and Technology, which has 160,000 members in 127 countries. She is one of 158 women among the Institution’s 9,000 Fellows.

Dr Goodyer says she is keen to build the profession’s profile and change outdated perceptions to tackle the skills gap. This includes encouraging more women to become engineers, an issue close to her heart.