Department of Engineering Science

Imee Tribo

Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering Science (2002)

Photograph of Imee Tribo

Women in Engineering Equity Adviser (2011)
The University of Auckland

I was part of Datacom’s January 2002 graduate intake, starting off as a Programmer. I’ve heard managers there say that EngSci graduates differ from Computer Science graduates because we focus on how to analyse a problem and formulate a solution before diving in to write code. I definitely had that skill, and it contributed to my quick progression in becoming a Business Analyst, where I was fortunate enough to gain experience in several different industries and put that problem-solving mindset to use.

A year later, I founded the Engineering Science Mentoring Program with a lot of help from friends who’d graduated with me. We volunteered our time and resources to give presentations to 4th year students on project presentations, job hunting, interviews and what to expect in your first job. It was a fun and rewarding experience, and a way to “give back” to the department.

In 2006, my husband and I moved to the United States to be closer to his family and have a good base for travelling. We lived in Seattle for 3 years, and initially, I took some time away from the corporate world by working as a nanny for a few months. I then worked in AT&T Mobility’s B2B division, first as a Business Analyst then as a Product Manager. I had my own team of Business Analysts and worked on some exciting projects like iPhone launches. I also volunteered at a local transitional housing facility for women, teaching basic computer classes, which reminded me how easy it is to take the knowledge that we have for granted.

2009 was a big travelling year. After short trips to Mexico and Alaska, we left Seattle to spend most of the second half of the year travelling across the US and Europe, before moving back to New Zealand. There’s a certain lifestyle here that’s hard to beat, plus we wanted to be here for the Rugby World Cup. We’re already planning our next big trip (hopefully Asia in 2012).

On returning, I found a job at Orion Health as a Development Project Manager (thanks to one of my former EngSci classmates), then discovered by chance (via another classmate) that Robyn Macleod was taking a leave of absence as the Women in Engineering Equity Adviser. I applied, and got the job.