Faculty of Engineering

Auckland University Engineering Association Inc.

Supporting the Faculty of Engineering since 1957 by investing time and financial support, to both advance the profession and increase the opportunities for learning and research, in the field of engineering.    

Development Manager Updates

Find out about the latest updates from the Faculty of Engineering Development Manager.

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Introduction to new AUEA President Brent Meekan

Brent was born and raised in Papatoetoe and attended the School of Engineering at the University of Auckland from 1976 to 1979. He trained as a civil engineer, back in the days when civil engineering had a very broad range of interests. Brent joined Beca after graduation and was shortly thereafter despatched to Sabah in north Borneo on a road design project. Over the next decade, Brent worked extensively in Indonesia and enjoyed some very interesting projects, including the design and construction of an airport on Matak Island, in the remote Anambas Islands.

The nineties saw Brent working on a variety of road and airport projects in New Zealand and the south Pacific, running the Beca office in Kuala Lumpur and returning to New Zealand to lead the transportation team in Auckland.

Further challenges followed in the new millennium as Brent took on business management roles within Beca. He also became interested in project governance and worked on project alliances delivering highway improvements in the Auckland region. This experience in establishing and maintaining high performance project teams has been useful in helping build similar performance in business.

Brent has been active in the wider consulting industry, via the Association of Consultants and Engineers NZ.  He served on the ACENZ Board and later as President for two years. He has continued to work for the wider industry in safety, development of conditions of contract, and practice guidelines.  Brent is a Fellow of IPENZ and an Honorary Life Member of ACENZ.

Brent is married to Sue and they have one daughter. In his spare time he enjoys ocean swimming, cycling, and volunteer pest control work to aid the return of native birds to the Auckland isthmus.

In stepping up to the role of AUEA President, Brent is aware of the fine work already done by previous leaders and the wider Alumni. He believes that there is an opportunity to now reflect on the Association’s achievements to date and what its purpose will be into the next decade. He is keen to work with the Faculty, our Associates and Champions and the wider Alumni, to define and then deliver the outcomes we want for the Association.

Brent Meekan was elected President of the AUEA at the AGM in August. 


Introduction to interim Development Manager Paul Cunningham

Paul Cunningham

Previous Development Manager Matt McDougall has left the University to take up a role with the Heart Foundation. Paul began working with the Faculty in October 2017.

At this stage in my career I have realised that I have probably not got what it takes to be a brain surgeon, a global CEO or an earthquake engineer. What I am fortunate enough to be able to do, is work with the University’s incredible alumni, friends and industry partners to support our students and staff to positively influence our economy, society and environment.

Prior to joining the Faculty of Engineering, I worked at the University of Auckland Business School where I spent nearly seven years in both student engagement and development roles. Before that I lived in the UK where the early part of my career was spent in the financial services industry in London.

I joined the University of Auckland when I moved to New Zealand in 2009. It was a desire to help young people and to make a difference that led me to a change of career. This is still what motivates me today.
In my spare time I can generally be found out running, playing golf or walking the bush and beaches of Auckland with my wife and my dog.

This is an incredibly exciting time for the Faculty of Engineering.I look forward to working with you to help our staff and students address the challenges and opportunities that we face in a complex and rapidly changing world.

Paul Cunningham | Interim Development Manager

Faculty of Engineering

PH: + 64 9 923 7599 | Ext: 89039 | M: 021 2649086

EMAIL: p.cunningham@auckland.ac.nz

Strategic objectives

  • To promote a culture of philanthropy among graduates of the Faculty of Engineering to provide scholarships at the undergraduate and postgraduate level
  • To develop and maintain strong linkages between the Faculty of Engineering and all Industry stakeholders



We need your support

Successful economies are underpinned by a strong vibrant engineering fraternity. This requires a faculty with world class research and teaching to attract the brightest students.

After a substantial period of under-spending, New Zealand is now investing heavily in developing its infrastructure. Well trained engineers, a world class faculty and high calibre students are key to efficiently delivering this investment. Following the recent Christchurch earthquakes this need has never been more important.

Through your ongoing financial support to the AUEA we can assist the faculty to further strengthen the quality of learning and teaching, to encourage the best students and in turn train the ‘best’ engineers.

One of the faculty’s strategic goals is to be recognised unequivocally as one of the leading engineering schools in the world for quality of teaching programmes and research”. Our support and commitment will ensure the faculty can achieve this.

The AUEA has set itself an Endowment Fund target of $5 million raised over the next five years to support the faculty. We need our alumni to consider regular giving. If half of our graduates gave $250 per year, every year, we would exceed our target.

Remember no donation is too small.