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Prof Jane Goodyer BEng(Hons), PhD, CEng, FIPENZ, FIET

Head of School of Engineering and Advanced Technology

School of Engineering and Advanced Technology

Jane is a systems specialist and applies her thinking to both industry and education. She has worked with companies, such as Jaguar, Land Rover, Aston Martin and Ford (USA) specifically helping organisations improve their manufacturing effectiveness. This work in the UK has continued in NZ focusing on helping organisations sustain improvement both in the manufacturing and horticultural sectors. Jane is a strong advocate of making NZ engineering education world class and is currently advising the Tertiary Education Commission on new models of engineering education such as Degree Apprenticeships. Her interest in education also extends to creating interest in young people to consider a career in STEM. Her latest initiative is the Hello Cafe programme; a national outreach programme for 10-13 year old girls who work alongside women engineers to solve problems to help under-served communities, i.e. humanitarian engineering.

Jane Goodyer completed a BEng (Hons) I Class in Production Engineering in 1990 at Coventry Polytechnic. She began working in the automotive industry in the UK conducting various manufacturing systems redesign projects. She returned to Coventry where she completed her PhD in 1998 and began her academic career. Jane moved to MU in 2006 as a senior lecturer and was appointed Programme Director of engineering programmes in 2008. Jane was appointed Associate Professor in 2010 for her leadership in engineering education and continues to contribute consulting with the Tertiary Eductation Commission on their Engineering 2 Employment programme.

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Contact details

  • Ph: +64 6 350 5294 ext 83829
    Location: RC1.106, Riddet building
    Campus: Manawatu


  • Bachelor of Engineering with Honours - Coventry University (1990)
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Coventry University (1998)
  • Chartered Engineer - UK Engineering Council (2005)
  • Fellow of Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand - Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (2013)
  • Fellow of Institute of Engineering and Technology - Institute of Engineering and Technology (2015)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Jane has interest in how to ensure manufacturing systems operate effectively. During 2001 to 2006 her focus was enabling engineers to integrate environmental considerations effectively into their product design and manufacturing system design processes. Since moving to NZ she has been studying the manufacturing sectors' ability to sustain productivity improvement using methods such a Lean Thinking, which informs New Zealand Trade & Enterprise Lean Business Programme. Her work on Lean continues by applying such a method to the horticultural and food industries.

In 2014 she was awarded an UNESCO UNITWIN Network on Humanitarian Engineering and is one of 4 founding members. This is an international network to examine where engineering can be harnessed to improve humanitarian and development outcomes. Jane's specific interest is how by 'socialising' engineering we may be able to attract more women in to STEM careers. Also, through working in an international interdisciplinary network she is very interested about improving the capability of researchers when working collaboratively in diverse disciplines. 

In 2015 she was commissioned to advise the Tertiary Education Commission on employer-led learning models such as apprenticeships aimed at higher levels of education. Jane is continuing to study this model at policy, employer, educator and student perspectives.


21st Century Citizenship, Design – for Commerce, Community and Culture, Future Food Systems

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Engineering (090000): Manufacturing Engineering (091000): Manufacturing Management (091005): Manufacturing Safety and Quality (091008)


Manufacturing Systems Design, Productivity Improvement, Lean Manufacturing

Design for sustainable manufacturing systems - Ecodesign

Engineering education - curriculum design, employer-led learning, policy, STEM outreach.

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 6

Completed Projects

Project Title: MBIE - Hello Cafe: Engineering with a human touch

Hello Café is a national afterschool club, where girls of 10 to 13 year olds meet over a number of weeks to help solve problems faced by communities that need help. Whether it's preparing flood defences in the Hutt Valley or designing relief shelters for earthquake stricken communities in Nepal, they will experience what engineering can do to help people in a relaxed, funky, inspiring, collaborative space. Each Hello Café will be facilitated by young professional women engineers. This project aims to raise the aspirations of young girls to pursue a career in engineering, by demonstrating to girls the social benefits of engineering and enabling the engineering profession to share our excitement for STEM subjects through a humanitarian engineering context. This project is supported by the UNESCO UNITWIN Network in Humanitarian Engineering, IPENZ's Futureintech and Coventy University in the UK.
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Date Range: 2016 - 2016

Funding Body: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Project Team:

Project Title: Exploration and development of advanced apprenticeships

The authors have been contracted to advise the Tertiary Education Commission on the viability of apprenticeship models to educate degree level engineering technologists. We have conducted a literature review of learning models that have high levels of employer involvement, supplemented by interviews with tertiary providers involved in delivering new degree apprenticeships. We have found that there has been a resurgence of apprenticeships as a model for delivering higher education. The challenges of the future require engineering graduates to be more rounded individuals than those educated through traditional means. Apprenticeships deliver this more rounded engineer. Two key findings are the need for effective collaboration between employers and educationalists at the design and planning stage, and clear pathways to higher levels of education. Employers have to be in the driving seat, specifying degree standards that are outcome-based and occupation-driven. We have endorsed apprenticeships as a viable learning model for educating engineering technologists and have provided recommendations for establishing new degrees based on an apprenticeship learning model.
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Date Range: 2015 - 2015

Funding Body: Tertiary Education Commission

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Supervision and Teaching

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2015 - Johan Doevendans - Doctor of Philosophy
    Implementing Lean in a seasonal horticultural sector: Theoretical and practical suitability in the NZ pipfruit industry.

Media and Links


  • 01 Jan 2016 - Magazine
    Leading the Human Touch
    Article published in Engineering Insight Jan/Feb 2016, Volume 17/1 that describes my involvement in the UNESCO/UNITWIN in humanitarian engineering

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