15 December 2015

Student Engineers New Zealand Forum 2015

  • Hannah Bartley and Lucy McSweeney from The University of Auckland talk to governing Board member Geoff Farquhar during afternoon tea.
  • Past President Derrick Adams, Rhonda Hill and Mark Drury share a laugh during the Engineering Future Leaders panel discussion.
  • Fawziyah Khan, 2016 SENZ representative for Weltec, takes part in the SENZ Forum along with fellow students.
  • Graduate engineers Antony Feek and Colin Jermyn advise engineering students about working life.
  • Kate Boylan from the University of Auckland and Joely Huang from Victoria University check out how drivers react to audio tactile profiled road markings.

Student Engineers New Zealand (SENZ) – our special interest group for student engineers – gathered in Wellington for their annual Forum on Monday 30 November – Tuesday 1 December.

Student representatives from New Zealand’s tertiary institutions use the Forum to meet with academics and industry leaders and to get operational guidance for their one-year tenure on the SENZ Council. At the SENZ Council meeting, Olly Ewert from Victoria University was elected to be the 2016 Chair.

This year’s topics included a discussion on IPENZ’s new Code of Ethics, which is currently in development, a Q&A session with senior engineering leaders and a number of site visits. Over the course of the two days, council members and invited students also went on several excursions and heard from individuals working in the industry.

A site visit to Fraser Engineering gave real insight into the world of manufacturing and gave students a chance to see electrical, mechanical and software engineering in action. Following a visit to Opus Research, students came away impressed with the force generated by the wind tunnel and the method for testing road markings. A visit to Beca provided an opportunity to learn about contracts, how alliances work and what's required to get a Roads of National Significance project underway. Students also heard from Beca, Fletcher and NZ Transport Agency engineers working on the Mackays to Peka Peka project

Wintec SENZ representative, Juan Martinez, said “The Forum gave students the opportunity to listen to a live panel discussion, ask questions at the site visits and attend the student/grad lunch”.

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