MAKING CLEAN
ENERGY

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ALVIN. ENGINEERING.

What inspired you to take electrical and electronic engineering?

I've always loved problem-solving and technology. I chose to go into power engineering because I have a huge appreciation for the environment. My goal is to work in renewable energy.

Any power engineering highlights to share?

One of my favourite experiences as a student was a tour of North Island power stations. We got to see examples of things we could do as an electrical engineer, from dams and geothermal development, to the office environment. It gave me a lot of insight into the industry, and I got a feel for the people and places where I could work.

You've been further afield too?

I went on summer exchange to Peking University in China, together with students from a heap of different study areas. It was fun getting to meet such a diverse range of people. Life in China is so different. It was really good to get out of my own personal bubble and see a new perspective.

Most eye-opening part of that experience?

Beijing is a city of 22 million people so air pollution is a massive problem. The Chinese government has incentivised electric cars, electric scooters, bikes and invested in heaps of cycle lanes. It made me aware of how much room for improvement there is back here!

"We got to see examples of things we could do as an electrical engineer, from dams and geothermal development, to the office environment."

Did you get to see the sights as well?

They organised loads of trips for us. We went to the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, The Great Wall. My favourite place was the Summer Palace. It has a massive man-made lake, built almost a thousand years ago. That was some impressive engineering!

How have your travels added to your skill set?

They’ve taught me how to get along with a wide range of people. That’s really helpful because engineering is hugely collaborative.

Have your trips helped you grow on a personal level too?

Definitely. When you're overseas, you're forced to deal with uncomfortable situations. That's helped me embrace getting out of my comfort zone. Now that I'm back at UC, I keep pushing myself to do new things and meet new people. If you want to learn more, you have to get outside your comfort zone.