Ryan Tonkin

Ryan’s time in his close-knit cohort was inspirational and fulfilling, setting him on the path towards geothermal engineering.

“I chose Engineering Science because it sounded diverse, interesting and challenging – everything I wanted from my degree and university experience! It also played to my strengths of calculus and statistics. The University of Auckland is the only place in New Zealand you can do Engineering Science, so it was an obvious choice for me.

“The best thing about being part of the department is its small size, which allows a close-knit community to form. Your classmates become your best friends, not just another face out of thousands. In my degree I have made lifelong friends, and I have found inspiration and mentors within the faculty. You get to meet people here who want to help you succeed.

“As I progressed through the Engineering Science programme, I gravitated more and more towards continuum mechanics, so much so that I have decided to continue on with postgraduate studies in geothermal reservoir engineering.

“Engineering Science provides such a wide range of subjects – over the past three years, I’ve been exposed to areas of finance, continuum mechanics, and optimisation. The lecturers are all really friendly, and always helpful. It’s a really positive atmosphere, which cultivates success.”