Department of Engineering Science

Meet our students

Find out why our students choose to study with us and what they say about the experience.

Photograph of Elizabeth Morgan-Coakle

Elizabeth Morgan-Coakle

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Engineering Science

“For me, the problem solving, mathematical modelling and computing skills I learnt in this degree create a solid foundation that will enable me to start a career in many different fields.”

“Studying Engineering Science has given me the freedom to select what skills and knowledge I want to develop. From Part II onwards I got to choose electives I had a particular interest in, it was great to be in control of the direction of my degree.

“I really enjoy the small class sizes, there is a great sense of team spirit and the lecturers are really passionate about their subjects. They are always willing to give you advice when needed.

“Projects can be challenging but lots of fun too. My group had to design and construct a prototype wind turbine with the aim that the turbine would perform at a certain rotational speed for a given wind speed. I found the process of researching and analysing really interesting.

“The social environment at the Faculty of Engineering is great too. Being surrounded by so many like-minded people and studying at the city campus makes it very easy to meet up with friends in town. It’s so convenient – it’s only a five minute walk away from the city centre and there is always something on to do.

“Ideally, after finishing my degree, I would like a role overseas in the IT industry that is challenging and satisfying - one that utilises the analytical skills I have developed.”

Photograph of Andrew Wong

Andrew Wong

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Biomedical Engineering

“In Part II we tested the stress and strain properties of a femur using the Faculty’s very own Instron machine. By testing the different properties of various states of bone we can determine suitable materials that could be used as a bone substitute, say for a hip replacement.”

“At the end of high school I knew I wanted to pursue a career in science, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go for medicine or engineering. Biomedical engineering is what bridged the gap. This specialisation is growing rapidly as opportunities arise through research and development. The Biomedical Engineering degree covers a large spectrum of topics, ranging from physiology to continuum mechanics, or from bioinstrumentation to computational techniques.

“One project that I enjoyed was creating a blood pressure sensing device using a piezoelectric sensor, and the bioinstrumentation techniques I learnt in class. The aim was to accurately measure a given pressure and then convert it into a digital signal which was amplified, filtered, and then interpreted by a computer. Finally, this signal was displayed on a screen so it is easily read and interpreted.

“In the future I want to end up working for a company that designs and produces medical instruments that will be used in hospitals to help people.”

Angela and Tessa

Two women students talk about what life is like at The University of Auckland, and studying in Engineering Science and Biomedical Engineering specialisations. Go to YouTube.