CHEMMAT 50th Anniversary Celebration: CHEMMAT Gold 1967-2017 Event as iCalendar

17 February 2017

Venue: OGGB 4, Owen G Glenn Building

Location: 12 Grafton Road


Chemmat Gold Class Gift

Thank you for attending the Chemmat Gold reunion on Friday 17 February. We hope you enjoyed reconnecting with old friends and colleagues, and it was great to hear so many stories about your time with the department.

For information on how to contribute to the Chemmat Gold class gift and support future Chemical & Materials Engineers, please click here


The Department of Chemicals and Materials Engineering will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary on Friday, 17 February 2017. If you are an alumnus of the department, we would love to see you on our anniversary day and at the celebration dinner.

The day programme will revolve around engaging discussion sessions featuring alumni from all decades in each panel. This session, open to all CHEMMAT alumni, is gratis, including morning/afternoon teas and lunch. 

There is a $75 charge per attendee for the second part of this celebration, an informal/smart casual dinner/mix and mingle session at the Fale. Partners and spouses are welcome.

Don't miss this chance to reconnect with your peers. Registrations are essential. Let us know you're coming to celebrate here


Event programme



Brent Young, HoD


George Ferguson, previous HoD
9.40 -10.25AM

The 70s was a decade of revolution, signalled by a spirit of change, rebellion and a new awakening. People of that generation were one of a kind.

What has happened to that rebel spirit in today’s world? How important is this question in regards to the desperately needed innovation-driven economy that is crucial to New Zealand’s future?

MERV JONES, Norm Clark, John Cunningham, Rob Kirkpatrick, Peter Lee, Bruce Marks, David Russell 
10.25 - 10.55AM


10.55 - 11.40AM

Confronted by the structural realities of Thatcherism, Reaganomics and Rogernomics, the 80s signalled dramatic changes in many Western economies.

How did the industry suffer or benefit from the new economic policies that arose in the 80s? Since then – and in retrospect – has the capitalist, neo-liberal wave been good for engineering practice?

MARK TAYLOR, Alison Andrew, Paul Collins, Jane Cutler, Tina Hall-Turner, Peter Slane
11.40AM - 12.25PM

Without a doubt, the 90s marked the advent of the internet age. This prompted major changes in almost every aspect of daily living, including teaching and learning.

How has the internet revolution influenced engineering education and practice? What challenges were presented by the rapidly advancing technology, and what does the future hold for the way an engineer is trained and expected to function?

BRENT YOUNG, Mike Hollewand, Kristine Hulse, Thomas Hyde
12.25 - 2.15PM


2.15PM - 3PM

DECADE FOUR: The 2000s
The turn of the century introduced us to the realities of climate change. This increased our awareness for the need to develop new ways of living, the responsible use of resources, considerations of alternative energy, reduction of the carbon footprint, and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.

To what extent is engineering practice responsible in causing and alleviating the effects of climate change?
How are we incorporating new world ideas into our
engineering education and practice?

JOHN CHEN, Blaine Morch, Priyan Perera, Geoff Duffy
3PM - 3.45PM

DECADE FIVE: The 2010s
In recent times, we have witnessed the widespread effects of globalisation. Our ever-connected ways of living have arguably improved the average person’s quality of life – daily routines, products and services are increasingly easily accessible, convenient, and seamless. This however, unleashed new anxieties surrounding global issues such as the competition for cheap labour, fluctuating world markets, and global terrorism.

Should New Zealand embrace, or protect ourselves from globalisation? What are the benefits and what are the risks?

ASHVIN THAMBYAH, Socrates Fernandes, Michael Kligenberg, Israel MacDonald, Kerry Pellet, Matt Proctor


Brent Young, HoD
DINNER (6PM - late)


  • The day programme will be held at the OGGB 4 lecture theatre. This is located on Level 0 of the University's Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road (Google Map location).
  • The dinner starts at 6pm, and will be held at the University's Fale Pasifika. This venue is a few minutes' walk away on 26 Wynyard Street (Google Map location).

Parking information

We are providing a special carparking rate of $12 for the day at the event's main venue, the Owen G Glenn Building.

  • The standard parking charge is $25 for over five hours – this will apply if you're intending to attend both the day and evening programme
  • If you're only attending the dinner (and thefrefore entering after 5pm), the flat rate of $6 applies and you will not need to buy a ticket from us
  • More information on parking is available here

To receive the discounted parking rate, please click here to prepurchase your ticket. You will need to collect this from the registration desk on the day of the event.