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Celebrating Fresh Thinking: Professorial Lecture Series

Join me in celebrating the very substantive contribution to academe made by Professor Pavel Castka and Professor Tom Cochrane in the next presentation in the Professorial Lecture Series for 2019.

Date:               Thursday 6 June, from 4.30 – 6.00 p.m.
Location:       E14 – Engineering Core

I encourage all staff and postgraduate students to attend this lecture, to actively support our new Professors, and take the opportunity to appreciate the fantastic research being undertaken in parts of the university we may be less familiar with.

Presentation details:

“Universal Language of the Future? Addressing business challenges through international standards” Presented by Professor Pavel Castka, Department of Management, Marketing & Entrepreneurship

How can businesses address social and environmental issues – such as climate change, social responsibility, poverty or child labour – in a vastly diverse world with different opinions on these issues?  Is there a common platform or universal language that can facilitate the interaction between businesses across the world – enabling addressing of these challenges as well as challenges of everyday cooperation of firms in global supply chains?

In this inaugural professorial lecture, I will build on research at UC as well as my involvement with international standard setting NGOs – including International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – and discuss the status quo as well as future challenges of standards setting, adoption and control mechanisms that ensure consistency of international standards across the globe. The lecture is designed for a diverse audience that is interested in social and environmental issues as well as in the generic matters of cooperation in international business – inclusive of non-academic audience such as business leaders or social activists. The lecture provides an insight into the exciting world of international standards, potentially the universal language of the future.

“Food–energy–water nexus in the Mekong” – Presented by Professor Tom Cochrane, Department of Civil & Natural Resources Engineering

The Mekong basin in Southeast Asia is undergoing rapid development.  Basin wide water infrastructure development (hydropower/irrigation), climate change and land-use change are causes for concern due to potential impacts on highly valued fisheries, agriculture, and natural ecosystems. Extensive water, sediment and nutrient modelling and analyses were thus conducted to understand the food-energy-water nexus in the basin and assess future threats and evaluate alternative pathways. Results show that recent development of flood protection dykes, as well as sea level rise and land subsidence pose a major threat to the long term sustainability of the Mekong Delta. Future adaptation and mitigation strategies should include optimal operation of water infrastructure (hydropower, dykes, and irrigation systems) to reduce hydrological and sediment changes, reduction in groundwater pumping, water storage management, sea level rise protection infrastructure, land reclamation, enhancement of coastal and in-stream habitats, and others.  A single solution is not sufficient for this complex basin; multiple mitigation initiatives are necessary through transboundary communication and coordination. The analysis and methods, as well as the lessons learnt in this research can be translated to other river systems around the world undergoing rapid development and climatic threats.

Professor Ian Wright
Deputy Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Tuarua

Week of Engineering

From welding chocolate to virtual reality bike rides and robotic vehicles, the ‘Week of Engineering’ has something for everyone.

Running from 31 July to 5 August in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, the ‘Week of Engineering’ (now in its second year) is all about showcasing amazing engineering and attracting people to the profession.

170727 - Week of EngIPENZ Chief Executive Susan Freeman-Greene says it offers people the chance to indulge their curiosity, be challenged and explore an interactive world of engineering.

“More than 45 engineering organisations around the country will be giving the public a hands-on look at what engineers do – perfect for kids and anyone who wants an inside look at how things work.”

UC Engineering will have several displays at the expo at Ara Institute in Ōtautahi Christchurch, which will feature design-and-build competitions and interactive displays.

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Secrets to success for engineering students

In your final year of engineering study?
Learn how to kickstart your engineering career at the Secrets to Success evening.

Monday 24 July at 5.30pm in C1 at UC.
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170707 - Secrets to SuccessHear an industry leader share their journey to success and the insights they’ve learned along the way. Meet them, other working engineers and students over drinks and pizzas provided by our sponsor RobLawMax Recruitment.

You’ll also hear how IPENZ membership can help you on your journey…and get a sneak peek as we unveil our new-look as Engineering New Zealand. All final-year engineering students welcome – secure your spot now!

Speaker: Malcolm Buchanan
Malcolm Buchanan is the Senior Electrical Engineer at Silver Ferns Farms. He’s been involved in all aspects of electrical engineering in the food industry ranging from power distribution through to IT interface. His main focus is on automation systems from services through to production systems. Malcolm holds a BE from the University of Canterbury.

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