Graduate profile

Phill Dromgool

Phill Dromgool

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), Food Engineering

Managing Director, R-LINE Limited

 

I chose food technology because I get bored easily with anything repetitive. I was good at all the sciences and didn’t want to specialise in any one. It seemed to be a good degree that encompassed many disciplines.

People have to eat so there will always be a need for food technologists.

After university, I did some travelling and finally landed in the north of England in McCain’s central engineering department.

I now have my own business making sports nutrition products, doing contract food technology work on the side.

Massey’s programme completely set me up for this role. I was travelling through Africa in 2009 and 2010 and got very dehydrated. I started thinking about hydration drinks and contacted Massey to do a research project for me. This project led to my business.

My advice for future students is to work hard. Food technology isn’t cooking. A uni friend of mine who was studying a degree in calculus took a look at my maths homework one day and pointed out that what we were doing was master’s level calculus and that he wouldn’t cover it in his degree.

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