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Wireless Power interest leads to Prime Minister's Scholarship

13 December 2017

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern announced that 192 young New Zealanders have been awarded the Prime Minister’s Scholarships in the first 2017/18 round. The award winners will receive funding to deepen our country’s connections with Asia and Latin America.

Among the recipients include University of Auckland Doctoral Candidate Reza Sehdehi, who is specialising in electronics, power electronics and communications. He is jointly supervised by Associate Professor Patrick Hu from the Faculty of Engineering and Associate Professor David Budget from the Auckland Bioengineering Institute.

Sehdehi has a strong interest in innovative concepts in wireless power technologies, having worked in the industry for over a year, including as a team member of PowerByProxi. His PhD focuses on developing Wireless Power Transfer technologies for miniaturised active implants, allowing Sehdehi to modify and apply research pioneered by Faculty of Engineering researchers to devices that require miniaturisation.

The award will be used to fund a research exchange to ChongQing University, China, where a collaborative relationship already exists. Sehdehi feels that this is a fantastic achievement for him – “I’ve always wanted to learn Mandarin and discover China. ChingQing University additionally has an excellent track record in developing wireless power technologies. The opportunity will help us strengthen our relationship, and I will be working with Professor Dai Xin’s group to elaborate on their knowledge to contribute to my PhD.”

The Prime Minister’s Scholarship programme launched five years ago. It is funded by the New Zealand Government and administered by Education New Zealand as part of an over $760 million ‘Innovative New Zealand’ budget package, where $43.5 million is designed to develop stronger international connections for tertiary students.

  • Read more about the Faculty of Engineering's long-running research in the field of Wireless Power Transfer