Dan Court-Patience reflects on receiving a Francis Small Scholarship to support his master’s research in engineering. Applications close for this scholarship on Thursday 30 November. Find out more and apply here>
Good engineers are not employed because of how much they know but rather their ability to solve problems for others. Post-graduate studies for me is not a means to an end but rather a journey on how to navigate a problem that has conflicting and limited information. It has exposed me to some great individuals and teams that are motivated by real-world problems and has taught me that in order to solve these sorts of problems we have to work together and communicate effectively between ourselves and the public.
During my undergrad studies I started to grasp the fundamentals of engineering and therefore wanted the opportunity to craft these skills before going into industry. The Masters Programme puts you in charge of your own project, which is both challenging and exciting. It gives me the ability to continually learn and apply new knowledge in support of my research.
I am truly pleased and proud to receive the Francis Small Scholarship. Post-graduate studies can be a financial burden that deters many students from following their passion.
Learning about Francis, particularly his involvement in key New Zealand projects and willingness to give back, has given me something to aspire to in my engineering career.