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Aruna is a Foundation Board member of the Product Development & Management Association in New Zealand (www.pdma-nz.org), an affiliate of the PDMA (USA). This affiliate was initiated and set up by Aruna in 2007, and has grown to having a large database of professionals in the field. Aruna has very strong links with industry in the product development space. Her research is in conjunction with industrial product development - working to improve practices, increasing the speed and quality of development. She also works with colleagues at The University of Auckland (INNOVATIONZ team of researchers), and is an examiner for some of their Masters and PhD students in this field.
As a senior academic, she isinterested in fostering creative and critical thinking and providing project-based learning opportunities in product development and engineering problem solving. This leads to a systems view and a bias towards action research, leading to productive research partnerships with industry on product development practices.
Having lived in New Zealand for almost 25 years, Dr. Shekar joined Massey University 19 years ago, and has worked in three different countries, which allows her to bring a diverse, international perspective to both her research and teaching. “I have always believed that my role as a senior member of staff goes beyond teaching students the basic concepts. I explain theory with interesting examples and illustrations from real-world industrial case studies.”
Aruna Shekar is a Senior Lecturer in Product Development at Massey University, Auckland. Her research interests are in product development management, product innovation process, methods and industrial best practices. She has taught at Massey for many years, and has coordinated the final year product development projects with industry. Aruna received her PhD in Product Development from Massey University, and has supervised several postgraduate students. She has presented Keynote addresses and papers at International conferences, and is also a reviewer of conference and journal papers.
Product development management, product innovation process, design methods and industrial best practices. Engineering education, project-based learning, problem solving methods and creativity techniques. User-centred design, ethnography and product-human interface research.
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Field of research codes
Engineering (090000): Other Engineering (099900)
Recent Post-Graduate research supervised (2009-2012):
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