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Ask Me Anything – online webinar series

Have a burning question about studying and work? What kind of skills do employers look for? What should I be studying? Massey University presents Ask Me Anything, an online panel of current and graduate students talking about their journey with Massey University. Ask these people about their experiences of what worked and what didn’t in their journeys.

Upcoming webinars

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Food technology


8th July 4:30 – 5:30pm

Alistair Carr

Alistair Carr

I studied food technology at Massey and fell into research following a summer internship at the New Zealand Dairy Research Institute (NZDRI). Student life continued with a master's and a PhD degree specialising in dairy science and technology. My career has been developing new food products, designing industrial processes, developing intellectual property strategies, company takeovers, quality control, fundamental science and lecturing while working variously as a research scientist, intellectual property analyst, and engineer at Fonterra, Massey, Synlait and currently AgResearch.

Wade Harrison

I am in my final year at Massey University Palmerston North, studying Food Technology, majoring in Food Process Engineering. I went to high school in Tauranga and in my final year of high school I knew I wanted to take my studies further but had no idea where and what I wanted to do. After discovering Food Tech, I felt it was a standout and I have never looked back since! Four years and two projects later, I am working on developing brandy from grape marc (wine grape waste), and researching moving oil droplets only using light. I already have a job lined-up after my studies and am very excited for what my career holds!

Hannah Wood

Hannah Wood

After finishing my degree in food technology at Massey University, I developed a range of food products for companies like Fonterra and the Much Moore Kiwi Ice Cream Company. I am the founder and chief gelato maker of Little ‘Lato, which supplies gelato to a number of locations throughout Auckland and New Zealand. Little ‘Lato includes flavours from Mango Lassi to Banana & Bacon French Toast. My company has competed with some big names as a finalist in the Frozen category of the 2019 New Zealand Food Awards.

Engineering


9th July 4:30 – 5:30pm 

Todd Murray

I am a fourth year Bachelor of Engineering student at Massey University, Palmerston North campus. My chosen major is Electronic and Computer Engineering. Through my years of studying Engineering, I have found that Massey offers a really practical, and all-encompassing engineering program. 

Akshay Kumar

With my Mechatronics Engineering degree, I have worked in the fields of agriculture, robotics and automation, aviation and now the defence sector. At present, I work for Babcock International as an Electrical Design Engineer and work exclusively on projects for the Royal New Zealand Navy. For someone who enjoys being constantly challenged, Engineering is exciting as the next adventure can be anywhere in the world and in almost any industry.

Samantha Meyer

I currently work for Downer New Zealand as a sustainability advisor on the City Rail Link project, New Zealand’s largest infrastructure project to date. As a strong advocate for diversity, I believe engineering can give you the point of difference to open any door you want.  I have had the opportunity to make a real difference and address global issues, thanks to my Engineering and Innovation Management degree. With experience in infrastructure sustainability, transport, and now construction, I appreciate the technical and transferrable skills I learned from my Engineering degree as it has provided me with a strong foundation to influence and deliver broader outcomes.

Tanisha

Tanisha Pereira

In 2017, I graduated Massey University with a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) degree, specialising in Mechatronics Engineering. I worked at a small start-up company, to design a modern brace that could replace an ankle fracture cast. In 2018, I returned to Massey University to deepen my mechatronics skill set with a PhD under full scholarship. My research is focused on quality strategies for metal 3D printing, to develop mechatronic solutions for non-destructive testing techniques used to test the integrity of each printed part. The practical, project-based learning I received during my undergraduate degree, catered to my style of learning (through application), as did the immense support provided by Massey staff and technicians.  The challenging nature of an engineering degree can seem daunting to many, but the technological awareness and futuristic skill set assures you a job and makes it worth the work.

Agriculture, horticulture and animal science


14th July 4:30 – 5:30pm

Sam Pike

I went to Feilding High School and now work as a Junior Research Officer at the Farmed Landscapes Research Centre at Massey University. I specialise in Nutrient and Environmental Management. My Masters of Science (AgriScience) research project looked at developing a novel beef production system using dairy-origin cattle.

Quintin Swanepoel

During my second year of studying agricultural science with a major in horticulture, I cultivated industrial hemp and published a research paper in the Journal of Agronomy. Following this accomplishment, I began working for Ngāti Kahungunu on the development of a new hemp food company, Pure Heart Aotearoa. This career path took me overseas to visit hemp production professionals in China, Vietnam and Cambodia. I am about to begin a new role as an Assistant Kiwifruit Orchard Manager in Te Puke. This management role will lead to exciting new growth and experience for me in New Zealand's largest horticultural industry.

Yvonne van Baarle

Agriculture is an extremely rewarding career with many different opportunities available and also has a very important part to play in NZ’s economy and feeding the world. I am in my last year of a Bachelor of Agricultural Science where I learn more about the industry I am passionate about. The degree includes practical work and you get to experience different sectors in the industry. I have also been able to study at Wageningen University in the Netherlands as part of the Massey Student Exchange program in 2019.

Alexandra Tomkins

I am in my 3rd and final year of studies for my Bachelor of AgriCommerce degree, majoring in International AgriBusiness with a minor in Horticulture. I am also president of the Massey Horticulture Society.  During my studies, I received several scholarships, including scholarships from HortNZ, Zespri, Avoco, PGG FruitFed Supplies, Ag Carm Horticulture, and the Prime Ministers Scholarship for an Asia AgriBusiness study trip. A highlight of my time at Massey was being part of the inaugural 'International Horticulture Immersion Programme' (IHIP) study trip last year that went to Europe and Korea. 

Kate Stewart

Kate Stewart 

I first became interested in Agriculture and AgriCommerce when visiting my grandparents’ farm in Rongotea. I became a member of TeenAg while at Palmerston North Girls’ High School and am a member of Fitzherbert Young Farmers and Chair of the Manawatu District Young Farmers committee. I currently work as a Consulting Officer for DairyNZ, looking after the Southern Manawatu, Horowhenua and Whanganui areas.

Chemistry and biology


16th July 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Reagan Dear

Reagan Dear

I graduated in 2020 with a MSc in genetics and previously a grad dip in 2018 in Science and Technology. My BSc was completed in 2013 with a double major of Ecology and Zoology.
I work as a Medical Laboratory Scientist at LapPLUS (Auckland Hospital Lab) sequencing the genes involved in hereditary diseases such as Huntington Disease or Cancer causing genes like BRCA1 and 2 for patients.  I also have experience as a Quarantine Officer for MPI where I also was on the biosecurity TVNZ show. This is where I used my zoology and ecology majors to identify pests and biosecurity risks.
Furthermore, I spent a year researching for a Canadian Pharmaceutical Company based in Vancouver. During this time we were researching a cure for Hepatitis B utilizing animal models and various molecular treatments.
Out of work I am an avid strength sport enthusiast, with a focus in the sport of Powerlifting. In 2015 I represented NZ at the World Powerlifting Championships (our top competition). I have competed at various national and Oceania Championships. 

Sarah Tallon

I am a third-year student at Massey University studying a double major in chemistry and plant science.  This has led me to travel to Belgium and South Korea on an International Horticulture Immersion Scholarship, to the Hawke's Bay for a summer of making sure McCain peas get harvested on time, and to Taranaki for a Callaghan Innovation Science program involving assisting and running agrochemical and plant pathology research. I made the most of my time at Massey by joining sports clubs, getting involved with the New Zealand horticulture industry, co-leading the Massey University Choir, and being a student rep. I am passionate about plants and the role they play is mitigating climate change, solving world hunger, and maintaining native ecosystems. After graduating, I plan to pursue postgraduate study in Plant Science - developing new ways to grow plants to solve pressing world issues.

Paula Godfrey

Paula Godfrey

I studied ecology and plant science during my time at Massey University. I work at Keystone Ecology in Christchurch as a botanist specializing in native forest and wetland ecotypes. My experience is with recreation of natural habitats such as wetland restoration and creation, enhancement of existing vegetation and restorative planting, along with associated plant pest control. In my spare time I enjoy rummaging around in the undergrowth looking for interesting plants, and traipsing around the countryside enjoying the green vista.

Sam Brooke

I am a PhD student at Massey University, working on chemistry and spectroscopy of nanomaterials. In high school, I wanted to be an artist, but I picked up physics in my last two years instead. I enjoyed it so much that I took a bridging course over summer so that I could enrol in a Bachelor of Science majoring in Nanoscience at Massey University. I graduated with a double major in Nanoscience and Biochemistry, and then enrolled in a Master degree working in materials chemistry. This is where my interest in research developed and it motivated me towards a PhD. My time at Massey has given me a well-rounded education in the fundamental sciences, but chemistry and physics are definitely my favourite fields to be working in.

Harry Deare

I grew up on the North Shore and went to Westlake Boys High School. I pursued a chemistry and biochemistry degree from Massey University, as well as a graduate diploma in Business studies. During this time, I was also able to complete lab internships over the summer. I now work as an Associate Advisor in the Supervision team at Financial Markets Authority. In my spare time, I play hockey and dabble in board games with my friends.

Construction


15th July 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Genevieve Darlow

I initially started pursuing a business degree only to find that my passion for the construction industry was there all along. The vast variety of skills, jobs and experiences involved in Quantity Surveying drew me to this. During my time studying, I was fortunate enough to have worked for a top tier main contractor and then moved to a Quantity Surveying consultancy when the contract was completed.

I finished my Bachelor of Construction degree in 2018 and worked as a Quantity Surveyor on an impressive portfolio of local contracts.

Matt Luckhurst

I’m originally from the UK and moved down to New Zealand in 2018 and I’m in my third year of study for a Bachelor of Construction majoring in construction management I work part-time as a site supervisor for Kalmar Construction Ltd, a student mentor, as well as the treasurer for the Massey University Construction Society. I started my career working for a precast concrete company whilst training as a civil engineer before moving over to project management.

Phillip Kim

I’m looking to change careers and am a 3rd-year part-time student in construction management, I also work as full-time construction site assistance. I went to Long Bay College, received my first degree and went on to work in the hospitality industry for 10 years before my switch to construction.

I have been gaining experience in commercial construction since my first year of study with Massey University. I am excited to share my experience & what I learned from my academic and practical experience.

Computer Science and Information Technology

16th July 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Dr Nilufar Baghaei

I am an academic with research papers appearing in numerous prestigious international journals and conferences. My research interests are in Game-based Learning, Augmented and Virtual Reality, AI in Education and Persuasive Technology. I’m also on the Editorial Board of Games for Health and Smart Learning Environments and acts as a guest editor and PC member of several international journals and conferences. Before joining Massey, I held multiple leadership positions at ITP sector, and prior to that, was a researcher at CSIRO, Australia. My PhD in computer science is from the University of Canterbury, finishing in 2008.

Kerri Ross

I am an experienced general manager and lifelong learner. After completing diplomas in psychology and finance, I studied part-time via distance learning at Massey. While I was working, at the height of my management career, I pursued a Bachelor of Information Science full-time, graduating with a Software Engineering major in 2020. Based in Auckland, I am currently studying full-time toward a Masters in Information Science, working part-time as a Business Analyst, and am a Massey University Pasifika Mentor supporting other Pasifika students to fulfil their academic dreams.

Keegan Campbell

I fell in love with programming while I was still studying at Rangitoto College. This led me to enrol at Massey University to major in both computer science and information technology. It’s my third year of study and I worked on an awesome summer project removing noise from images. I aspire to develop software that preserves the environment for future generations and want to apply my skills to find ways to improve quality of life.

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Carolle Varughese (Auckland): c.varughese@massey.ac.nz
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