Faculty of Engineering

Development Manager Update

November 2017

For All Our Futures campaign: Can We…?

September marked one year since the public launch of the University of Auckland Campaign For All Our Futures. The campaign seeks to provide the funding and support the university needs to have a lasting impact on the challenges and opportunities we face in a complex and rapidly changing world.

Thanks to the incredible support of alumni, friends, industry partners and staff, the University is making great progress in addressing the audacious “Can we.…? questions which are at the heart of the campaign.

To date more than 4,000 donors have already contributed.

The campaign is not just about the financial contributions. It is also about bringing together our alumni. Currently 38% of alumni are actively engaged through communications, participation, volunteering and giving. This is up from 28% in 2014. We are keen to keep the engagement levels rising so please keep connected and get involved.

For further background on the University of Auckland Campaign For All Our Futures please see https://www.giving.auckland.ac.nz/en/about-the-campaign.html

Faculty of Engineering Campaign Update

The Faculty of Engineering has an unparalleled opportunity to apply our engineering ingenuity to create new opportunities for our country and bring about a better tomorrow. As part of the University of Auckland Campaign For All Our Futures the Faculty is continuing to make significant progress in raising philanthropic funds to answer some of the major engineering questions in today’s world. From “Can we pioneer a new world of design and innovation” to “Can we propel New Zealand into a new space age?”, your support is helping our staff and students to find answers to these big questions and many others.

You can find out more about the impact alumni generosity has had for our students and researchers in the Annual Report to Donors.

Sincere thanks to all Faculty of Engineering alumni for your support to date. This may not just be financial support but also your advocacy, time and expertise you offer.

Please be assured that you are making an investment in the future of Engineering and helping the University of Auckland maintain its position as one of the world’s leading universities.

Chancellor’s Dinner

On Thursday 28 September over 350 guests came together at the University Pavilion to honour individuals and organisations that have provided an outstanding philanthropic support that has been transformative in the University’s primary roles of teaching and research.,

During the evening a long-term supporter of the Faculty of Engineering, Beca, were welcomed into The Sir George Fowlds Society. The society recognises those who have made contributions of between $1m and $5m to the University. The Faculty has been the beneficiary of Beca’s outstanding support for over 30 years, including financing of the Engineering Endowment Fund and many generous scholarships. Beca recently made an exceptional commitment to the new Unleash Space, which will further foster the growth of innovation and entrepreneurship at the University and will help our students to develop creative and interdisciplinary solutions to complex problems.  

One of the highlights of a very enjoyable evening  was a speech from Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) student Bodene Davis. Bodene, who is from the Bay of Island and of Ngāpuhi descent spoke about growing up in Northland, his pathway to studying Engineering at the University of Auckland and how one day he hopes to be in a position to give back to the University like the guests in the room.

New innovation hub and makerspace

The University's new innovation hub and makerspace opened in September with a soft launch. Called the Unleash Space it’s a place for creating, playing, making, inventing, experimenting and doing. Located in the old Engineering library, the Unleash Space is 900 square metres in size and is made up of a Create Space (makerspace), Collide Space (flexible work space) and Inspire Space (event and workshop space).

For the makers, creators, builders, fabricators and designers, there are 3D printers, laser cutters, routers, electronics, vacuum formers, sewing machines, craft and art supplies and other tools and machinery. For those desiring or pursuing the path of innovation and entrepreneurship there are workshops, meeting spaces, brainstorming spaces, experts and inspiration to work on your projects and ventures.

The Unleash Space is open to staff and students of all faculties as a place to develop practical skills alongside an entrepreneurial mindset. In the opening weeks, there was a range of workshops on offer to inspire and create a fun and welcoming atmosphere. The point of these workshops was to encourage those who are not familiar with making things to give it a go and open up the possibility for them to participate in future innovation-based workshops.

Although located in the Engineering building, it is intended that the facility will foster cross-disciplinary collaboration. It will provide the space, tools, support and environment for students to collaboratively generate ideas and test them. It is designed to foster an entrepreneurial mind set through cross-pollination of ideas, experimentation, and a sense of creative play.

The Unleash Space was made possible thanks to generous support from its founding partners; Li Ka-Shing Foundation, Sir Owen G Glenn, Chau Hoi Shuen Foundation, PwC and long-term friend and supporter of the Faculty of Engineering, Beca. 

Getting involved

There are many ways you can contribute to the Faculty of Engineering.

The generosity and commitment of our alumni, industry partners and friends help us to ensure that our engineering students have the opportunity to realise their academic potential.

When you provide a gift to the Faculty of Engineering it will fund groundbreaking research and programmes, undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships, lectureships and professorial chairs, as well as the development of our facilities.

If you would like to support the faculty, donations can be made online by clicking the link below.


If you would like to talk to us about other ways in which you might assist, or if you have any questions or suggestions about supporting the work the faculty does, please contact:

Paul Cunningham, Interim Development Manager
Phone: +64 9 923 9039
Email: p.cunninghaml@auckland.ac.nz