Faculty of Engineering

AUEA Beaufords Lunch 2017

Ardmore alumni gathered for the annual Beaufords lunch to catch up, reminisce, and hear the latest news from the Faculty of Engineering. Check out the photo gallery to see if you can spot any familiar faces!

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On 15 March 2017, around 50 Ardmore graduates attended the annual Beaufords lunch in Totara Park, Manurewa. The graduates from 1951 – 1969 enjoyed a sunny day in the beautiful settings of Beaufords restaurant.

Deputy Dean Gerard Rowe spoke on behalf of Dean of Engineering, Nic Smith about the progress of the Faculty, and the alumni were pleased to hear the ongoing progress and talent that is coming out of the Faculty of Engineering. Attendee Ray Ryan said that it was “mind-blowing to get a taste of the work being done”. Associate Professor Rowe outlined the plans for the new building programme, and spoke about the multi-disciplinary learning spaces that have opened this year.

Peter McGregor spoke on behalf of AUEA President Brent Meekan, and welcomed the members of the Ardmore engineering class of 1957-1959 who were celebrating their 50th reunion this year. He spoke to the attendees about the plans of the AUEA to broaden the active membership of the association, as well as expanding the number of associates. The focus of the 2018 AUEA Scholarship will be encouraging Maori and Pacific students to take STEM subjects during their secondary education, and inspire them to consider engineering as a career option. As part of this, scholarships will be offered to Maori and Pacific school leavers in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering. To date, the AUEA and the Charitable Trust have donated over half a million dollars to the University of Auckland Foundation for Engineering.

The attendees were treated to entertaining talks from Laurie Wesley and John Smith, reminiscing about the days at Ardmore. John quoted from a recent article published after the Ardmore Teacher’s College Reunion - “It could be presumed that life at Ardmore became more congenial after the departure of the engineers, but by all accounts this was not so. If the place became quieter, it also became duller”.

Food and beverages were provided by John Ackroyd of Beaufords, and the alumni spent an enjoyable afternoon reminiscing and catching up over a delicious spread.

Peter McGregor summarised the event well, saying that as always, “we left with the enduring comradery of the Ardmore Engineering cohort”.

The Faculty of Engineering wishes to thank the Ardmore alumni who attended the lunch, and acknowledge them for their ongoing support and dedication to the Faculty.

Enginuity magazine

During the event, Laurie Wesley recited a poem he had found in a 1955 copy of Enginuity magazine. Two copies of the magazine can be downloaded below.

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