Graduate wins IPENZ Young Engineer of the Year award

21 March 2016

A former student who now works on crowd modelling in Rio de Janiero has been named the 2016 IPENZ Young Engineer of the Year.

Martin Peat graduated with a Master of Engineering in Engineering Science from the University of Auckland in 2009. He is currently a Senior Transportation Engineer at Beca, and his impressive repertoire of previous projects includes predicting pedestrian movements for previous Olympic games – London in 2012 and Sochi in 2014.

The previous experiences led him to being hand-picked for a Brazil-based role as Beca’s Technical Lead for Crowd Modelling at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This hands-on position allowed Martin to strengthen client relations and to provide detailed feedback to the team in New Zealand. Beyond his technical expertise, he has made efforts to understand complex political constraints and to further immerse in Brazilian culture by learning to speak Portuguese.  

Martin is additionally involved in Beca’s FutureinTech programme, which helps students to consider career pathways into technology, engineering and science industries.

Read more about Martin’s work experiences on Stuff and Radio New Zealand, and watch his presentation as a 2016 Young Engineer of the Year finalist below.