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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.
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
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.
Project Title: MBIE - Hello Cafe: Engineering with a human touch
Date Range: 2016 - 2016
Funding Body: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
Project Title: Exploration and development of advanced apprenticeships
Date Range: 2015 - 2015
Funding Body: Tertiary Education Commission