Faculty of Engineering

About us

Our faculty is internationally recognised for its tradition of excellence in teaching and research.

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Our programmes

Our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are designed to meet the changing needs of today’s technological world. Our students are trained in pragmatic, analytical thinking, and to provide significant contribution to technological, economic and social development. We take pride in helping our students reach their full potential, with our graduates highly sought after by employers both within New Zealand and around the world.

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Research is a key activity in our faculty – many academics are pioneers in their fields, and our students have the opportunity to collaborate with them and potentially be leaders in the future directions of research. We are also involved with large-scale research activities and collaborations with other institutions and industry leaders.

Our research programmes include:

  • Inductive Power Transfer (IPT): An innovative technique for transferring electrical power without wires.
  • Computational physiology: Constructing complex human organ systems as a series of mathematical processes to provide medical researchers with powerful tools for developing medical treatments quickly and effectively.
  • Resilient organisations: The construction management problems associated with the reconstruction of vital infrastructure in the event of a national natural disaster.
  • Intelligent robotics: Combining human-robot interaction research and robot programming systems in situations such as an outdoor agricultural application to create a robotic assistant for farmers.
  • Optimum sail loads: Developing a method for finding the optimum loading for the sails of a given yacht, and then finding the sail shape needed to produce that loading.

To broaden the possibilities of our research, we have access to advanced equipment such as:

  • A comprehensive suite of state-of-the-art materials analysis instrumentation, including the Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope and New Zealand's only X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscope, used by food and biological scientists and surface and materials researchers, and instrumentation for testing properties at the nano-scale, including a Hysitron NanoIndenter.
  • The Boundary Layer and Twisted Flow Wind Tunnels – the former is currently the largest wind tunnel in New Zealand. They possess a range of applications including simulating the flow of wind over yacht sails, and made famous around the world for its role in Team New Zealand's America's Cup victory in 1995 and 2000.
  • Australasia's largest 'strong wall' for seismic testing, our Civil Structures Hall, comprising a 200mstrong floor, 9m high strong walls and a shake table.

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Student life

In 2016, our enrolments include:

  • 3,300 undegraduate students
  • 500 in postgraduate taught programmes
  • 560 research postgraduate students

We strive to provide our students with the best facilities possible during both study and post-study hours. Student life is vibrant within the faculty, with a constant stream of activities and initiatives that include:

  • Clubs and associations
  • A commitment to equity policies and providing extra support for students
  • Regular mix-and-mingle events such as pop-up sports and barbecues
  • Annual social events such as the Engineering Student Ball
  • Mentoring programmes to assist our undergraduate students with their studies
  • Guest lectures and job fairs to encourage personal and career development