Emily Melhuish

Emily time as a BE(Hons) Electrical and Electronics Engineering student also involved experiencing life outside campus grounds.

Graduate: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Role: Propulsion Engineer at Rocket Lab (previous); Data Engineer at Halter (current)

“A love for all things hardware and software brought me to Electrical Engineering. I enjoy figuring out how things work, right down to the electron level. I was aiming for a career in the aerospace or automotive industry because I want to use my knowledge of software and machine learning to make hardware smarter and more sustainable.

“Electrical and Electronic Engineering is a fantastic programme as it is very project-focused. I’ve gained invaluable experience in taking a problem and designing a solution with my own knowledge. This really prepares you for the real world and shows employers that you are an efficient problem-solver.

“One of the most valuable things I learned as how to deal with ambiguity. So often in engineering, we are faced with poorly defined problems and have to come up with a solution, even if we don’t have specific knowledge of the domain. My degree has given me this vital skill and increased my overall confidence to take on the workforce.

“The University of Auckland has students from all over the world. I’ve learnt about so many different cultures, degrees and backgrounds. Your classmates get you through it all because they know exactly what you’re going through, and the lecturers want you to succeed to the best of your

“Having the campus located in the city centre is a great plus. I really enjoy heading out to local bars and cafes with my classmates in between lectures. On a sunny day, Albert Park is a nice place to relax and get some of that much-needed vitamin D. I think the friends I’ve made, including lecturers and graduate students, have made my university experience truly great and I don’t think I could have gotten through it without them.”