About the AUEA

The Auckland University Engineering Association Inc. invests time and financial support to advance the profession through supporting research and learning in the Faculty of Engineering.

The AUEA was formed in 1957 and has since developed numerous initiatives alongside the faculty, including a variety of annual alumni events, and scholarships for students who need them the most. We warmly welcome all Engineering alumni and friends, and hope to further develop the relationship between our graduates and faculty.

Our strategic objectives are:

  • To promote a culture of philanthropy among graduates of the Faculty of Engineering to provide scholarships at the undergraduate and postgraduate level
  • To develop and maintain strong linkages between the Faculty of Engineering and all Industry stakeholders

Every Engineering graduate automatically qualifies for an AUEA membership and will generally receive our updates via email. We hope to see you at an event soon.

Contact us

We're always open to connecting with our Engineering alumni, regardless of when you've graduated.

If you have any enquiries, updates, stories to tell, would like to speak to a representative about contributing to the AUEA, or want to join our mailing list, please email us at auea@auckland.ac.nz.

An introduction to our AUEA President

Brent Meekan was born and raised in Papatoetoe and attended the School of Engineering at the University of Auckland from 1976 to 1979. He trained as a civil engineer, back in the days when civil engineering had a very broad range of interests. Brent joined Beca after graduation and was shortly thereafter despatched to Sabah in north Borneo on a road design project. Over the next decade, Brent worked extensively in Indonesia.

The nineties saw Brent working on a variety of road and airport projects in New Zealand and the south Pacific, running the Beca office in Kuala Lumpur and returning to New Zealand to lead the transportation team in Auckland.

Further challenges followed in the new millennium as Brent took on business management roles within Beca. He also became interested in project governance and worked on project alliances delivering highway improvements in the Auckland region. 

Brent has been active in the wider consulting industry, via the Association of Consultants and Engineers NZ. He served on the ACENZ Board and later as President for two years. He has continued to work for the wider industry in safety, development of conditions of contract, and practice guidelines. Brent is a Fellow of Engineering NZ and an Honorary Life Member of ACENZ.

In stepping up to the role of AUEA President, Brent is aware of the fine work already done by previous leaders and the wider alumni. He believes that there is an opportunity to now reflect on the Association’s achievements to date and what its purpose will be into the next decade. He is keen to work with the faculty, our Associates and Champions, and the wider alumni, to define and deliver the outcomes we want for the Association.