Michael has a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a Master of Science (Honours) in Optics. He is now employed as a senior project scientist at International Earth Sciences (IESE) Ltd.
Learning through lab experiment
“At undergrad level, my lecturers used a proactive and experimental approach to help me understand a lot of technical concepts. Lab experiment was a favourite of mine. I was always happy and felt that I had achieved something great every time an experiment was successful and the theories I’d learnt were proven to be true.”
The content of a Physics degree gets more and more interesting every year. I became motivated to study and work in areas I was interested in.
“I’m a hands-on person and I always query how things work. The content of a Physics degree gets more and more interesting every year. I became motivated to study and work in areas I was interested in.”
Exposure to commercial knowledge
“During my masters, I joined the Spark Entrepreneurship Challenge 100K. Our team used an all-fibre spectroscopy system to quantify bacteria in a solution. Through this, I was exposed to a lot of commercial knowledge. I got to know the industry and learnt how I can commercialise applications. Our team made it to the final 10.
“My post-grad research was around that topic, too. I worked closely with the Medical School and Faculty of Engineering. Working across faculties sharpened my skills in communication, problem solving, innovation, management and teamwork. These skills helped a lot with my current career.”
Preparation for professional situations
“I feel that my academic experience at the University of Auckland prepared me well for professional situations. Difficult courses taught me critical-thinking skills. I learnt how to analyse and solve complex problems. I also came to understand that high-quality results take hard work.”