Multi-Disciplinary Learning Spaces

Our Multi-Disciplinary Learning Spaces (MDLS) play a pivotal role in ensuring our students achieve a mastery of concept-rich course material through active learning in authentic contexts.

MDLS are expected to act as catalysts for curriculum development and the faculty's vision of transforming into an active learning environment for students. More than just laboratories and workshops, the MDLS are composed of 38 flexible and specialised learning spaces to enhance learning experience for approximately 4,000 undergraduate Engineering students every year.

The teaching and learning opportunities available within a MDLS include face-to-face within a contextuial setting, a more targeted learning experience, and the option of group work with re-configurable furniture, experimentation with roll-in and roll-out equipment, and champion courses.

Take a tour

The 38 MDLS are across a number of categories: Flexibles, Electrical and Instrumentation, Wet Chemistry, Wet Non-Chemistry, Computational, and Specialised. You can view 360 degree images of spaces from each category:

You can also check out our first four MDLS in 360°. These rooms are unique spaces that are configurable to a variety of different disciplines. The furniture and equipment is all easily movable, so teaching staff are able to customise the labs to best suit student needs.

MDLS 1

Equipped for fluid dynamics, hydrology experiments. and civil engineering experiments

MDLS 2

Equipped for wind tunnel experiments, electrical experiments, and strength of materials testing

MDLS 3

Equipped for design and build activities (supported by the Engineering workshop)

MDLS 4

Equipped for design and build activities (supported by the Engineering workshop), and dual mechanics experiments

Our team

Our MDLS technical services team’s mission is to collaborate with subject matter experts and support the development of the concepts underpinning key courses and identify the difficult concepts to be explored through practical activities and other learning resources. For any general enquiries, reach out to us at MDLS@uoa.auckland.ac.nz.

Dr Ashveen Nand
Technical Manager – Teaching
Ashveen’s area of expertise is material science and engineering, with particular interests in polymer synthesis, processing and characterization. He leads the MDLS technical team. Contact.

Paul Martin
Senior Teaching Technician
Paul has a background in electronics and mechanical engineering and helps with the undergraduate teaching laboratory development and health and safety compliance. He is responsible for the MDLS Flexibles and MDLS Laser Cutter rooms. Contact.

Anesh Pratap
Senior Teaching Technician
Anesh has a Mechanical background and specialises in machinery operation, maintenance and calibration, and is responsible for the Flexibles and Design and Build Workshop. Contact.

Wai Yeung
Senior Teaching Technician
Wai has an Electrical background with electrical circuit design specialisation, and possesses an Electrical Testing certification. He looks after the Electrical and Instrumentation, and Soldering Workshop. Contact.

Dr Naser Mostashiri
Senior Teaching Technician
Naser’s expertise lies in Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, with a focus on CAD and rapid prototyping, robotics, and motion capturing. He looks after both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, and 3D printing MDLS labs. Contact.

Dr Terry Huang
Teaching Technician
Terry’s background is in Electrical and Electronics engineering. He specialises in object detection and tracking, mmWave technology and wireless sensor networks, and is responsible for our Electrical and Instrumentation as well as computing facilities. Contact.

Dr Kelly Kong
Teaching Technician
Kelly has a food science and engineering background and specialises in anti-microbiology activities specialization. She is also familiar with the use of hydraulic related equipment. She is responsible for MDLS Flexible 1 and MDLS wet chemistry rooms. Contact.

Jimmy Lin
Teaching Technician
Jimmy has a background in Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering. His proficiency is in CAD modelling design and Arduino and Raspberry Pi design projects. He is responsible for MDLS Electrical and Instrumentation rooms and the back-up for laser cutting and 3D printing rooms. Contact.

Joslin Singh
Teaching Technician
Joslin’s experience lies in Chemistry with an emphasis on Environmental/ Analytical Chemistry and analytical instrumentation for analysis. She is responsible for MDLS Analytical lab, MDLS Chemistry labs and MDLS Metallography labs. Contact.

MDLS resources

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