Find out about our past and upcoming AUEA events that bring our alumni together.
EVOLUTION - AUEA Alumni Dinner
The AUEA celebrated 50 years since the closure of the Ardmore Campus with a dinner at Sunday, 6 October at the Pullman. Sponsors for the event included Beca, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, and Watercare.
The over 200 attendees included a mix of current staff and alumni from across the past 70 years.
The dinner is notably one of our landmark events that brings together cohorts from Engineering’s Ardmore years. This year, we additionally toasted to the five decades since the closure of our Ardmore Campus, and to the faculty's future with Building 405, an 11-storey, purpose-built space set to open its doors next year for New Zealand's next generation of engineers.
Dean of Engineering Professor Nic Smith’s speech focused on how the future of our faculty depends on us drawing from the ingenuity, creativity and ‘can do’ attitude established since Ardmore, while also welcoming new perspectives and embracing change, so we can truly lead the way as a technologically, economically, and socially conscious body of experts.
The festivities were emceed by Duncan Bakke, a current PhD candidate in Engineering Science, and featured speakers from Beca, Watercare and Fisher & Paykel Healthcare. Some common themes discussed throughout included the impact of good engineering as we move towards a technologically-dominated future, and how success relies on the way we adapt to the speed of social change.
The new Master of Engineering Project Management programme was officially launched with an event that brought industry professionals and academics together. Hosted in the University of Auckland’s Fale Pasifika, attendees took the opportunity to hear from guest speakers, network with each other and find out what the new programme will deliver.
The guest speaker on the night was Professor Ray Payne, an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Engineering. Ray shared insights of project management success he gained working in senior positions across the globe, including for the Olympic Delivery Authority, where he was responsible procurement, programme and project delivery of the venues and infrastructure for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
After an introduction to the programme, PMI Northern Branch Chair Ashleigh Waters spoke about the upcoming Project Management Conference. The focus for this year is on the three main aspects of evolution that will help to develop the next generation of project managers.
The new Master of Engineering Project Management programme is being launched in Semester Two (July 2018). Students on the programme will be developing their project management knowledge, skills and competencies, preparing them for exciting and worthwhile careers as project managers in any engineering-related sector.
To find out more about the programme requirements and study options, head over to our dedicated Master of Engineering Project Management page.
AUEA Beaufords Luncheon 2018
Ardmore Engineering alumni recently gathered for the tenth annual luncheon event at Beaufords in Manurewa. The event was attended by almost 50 graduates from 1952 through to 1973, with John Fitzmaurice the earliest graduate in attendance.
The group were updated on the faculty’s current state by the Dean, Professor Nic Smith, who spoke of the student leadership programme’s success and plans to further acknowledge the generation of Ardmore alumni. Paul Cunningham, who took up the role of Faculty Development Manager late last year, talked those gathered through his favourable impressions of the faculty. He also had updates on the For All Our Futures campaign to raise capital and reinforced the need for ongoing philanthropic support from alumni.
There were important updates on the state of the scholarships offered to engineering students too. The new Maori and Pacifica Pathway Scholarships were introduced this year, and the AUEA were proud to award three scholarships worth $5,000 each to excellent applicants. Applications for the Ardmore Scholarships closed on April 20. There were funds available to offer $20,000 worth of scholarships this year, which is up from $15,000 in previous years.
Looking forward to the future, the Beaufords Luncheon will remain on the calendar to keep Ardmore alumni in touch with the faculty. A date and theme has also been set for the AUEA dinner which alumni can register for in late April. Scheduled for October 6, the event will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the closing of Ardmore Engineering School and is limited to 400 places.
There will also be opportunities for alumni to stay engaged with the faculty through tours of the Newmarket Campus. The Class of 1968 Reunion was held there and alumni who have visited have been amazed by the breadth of research.
The Faculty of Engineering is pleased to see the annual lunch remains an enjoyable event for Ardmore alumni and would like to thank them for their ongoing support.