I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at AUT.
My name is Cassandra Biano and I graduated from AUT with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Science with a major in Analytics in December 2019. Currently, I work as a data analyst at Babcock. I have a great passion for solving problems, automation of data processes and diving into messy data.
I love music, dancing, the beach, being in nature and working out at the gym as much as possible. I enjoy sci-fi action movies, fashion, eating in restaurants that have funky interiors and a lively atmosphere.
Additionally, Nicholas also serves as a member on the Industry Advisory Board for Auckland University of Technology (AUT).
Prior to joining Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, he worked for the South African division of BHP Billiton. Nicholas holds a Diploma in Computer Engineering from Damelin School of Information Technology in South Africa, and is currently studying towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Business at the University of Auckland.
I’m a Computer Scientist, joining AUT in 2013. Before that, I lived in the UK, France, Germany and Canada.
Natasha has over 10 years’ experience in geotechnical engineering, gained in both the construction and consulting arenas. Her project experience spans highways, local authority assets and a range of industrial, commercial and residential developments.
Currently a Geotechnical Engineer for Brian Perry Civil based out of the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Branch, Natasha is passionate about knowledge sharing, implementing safe best practice solutions and innovation.
As a Geotechnical Engineer she looks after the assessment, design and execution of complex temporary works for BPC and Fletcher Construction.
Software engineer for over 5 years who has experience in different technologies, but not good at writing self introductions, would much prefer answering questions. Bit of a geek, enjoys playing games and for any outdoor activities, I’ve been going to Mt Ruapehu for snowboarding for past couple of seasons. Fluent in both Korean and English if that helps. I’ve been in New Zealand for over 16? 17 years or so.
Reza is s a dedicated, enthusiastic and career minded structural engineer. I have a passion for structural design, developing engineering tools, and promoting diversity in the workplace.
I was born in Hong Kong and grew up in the UK, studying MEng Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College London. I then worked in engineering consultancy for 4 years (predominantly FEA based analysis of aircraft composite structures, aerospace engine fatigue analysis and weld heat treatment analysis), before joining the Royal Navy in 2013 as a Marine Engineer Officer. I have lived in New Zealand for the past 4 years, firstly on a Royal Navy exchange job embedded in the Royal New Zealand Navy and in early 2021 transferred into the Royal New Zealand Navy.
My name is Geetanjali. I graduated UoA with a degree in Mechatronics and Finance in 2020. I am currently working as a design engineer at Babcock. In my free time, you will find me volunteering, spending time near the water or reading a good book.
Over the past 6 years, I have had the opportunity to work across various technical and non-technical roles.
Having been a Product Owner since November 2018, I have had the opportunity to define a product vision, build and communicate a product road-map, manage stakeholders to obtain sign off, build a backlog by defining user stories and working with a SCRUM team to deliver the vision to customers. Along the way I have also had the opportunity to work with customers to better understand what they want from the product, work with marketing to define a marketing strategy and work with operations to understand and build out training and triage processes to make change management easier.
I teach courses at all UG and PG levels in construction, cost and engineering management as well as construction law. My previous roles As Programme Director and Head of Department at AUT for Built Environment Engineering.
I am originally from the UK, my undergraduate degree is in Quantity Surveying and I am a chartered quantity surveyor, with experience in consultancy and contractor organisations. I completed my PhD in Construction Management at Loughborough University, and have taught at Glasgow Caledonian University and Herriot Watt University. I moved to New Zealand in 2015 with my two daughters who are now 20 and 15. I enjoy spending time with my family, watching crime television dramas, walking on the beach with my puppy and doing jigsaws and gardening.
I am a lecturer and learning designer at AUT and have many years of experience as an academic teaching Information Technology and Information Sciences.
Shahab’s research focus is on steel structures and low-damage seismic resisting systems. This includes supervising master and PhD students, as well as collaborating with national and international research groups.
Shahab also provides service in the AUT’s Design and Creative Technology (DCT) faculty in different areas including being a working group member of the Women in Technology (WIT), directing the industry partnership, and being the academic lead of the construction lab’s health and safety.
I have recently left the RNZN after 24 years service. I started as an electronic technician and then commissioned to be an engineering officer. I was fortunate to travel and see a lot of the world and have some real world experiences, with my most rewarding being the Engineering Officer of HMNZS Canterbury. I left as a commander and now work for Babcock NZ ltd and am in my 6th week.
Catherine Hassell Sweatman
During my PhD studies, I was focused on investigating the potential solutions to address deficiencies in both stainless and normal carbon steel welded moment connections in seismic regions. Conducting experimental tests and finite element analysis to delve into this, as well as exploring my research interests in weld sizing for structural steel connections, fatigue analysis in welded connections and structural design and analysis.
I have been working at HERA since 2019.
Ami brings over 25 years’ experience in the construction industry that has largely been driven by a love for building, and strong commercial nous. From building with lego blocks as a child, to designing and rowing a concrete canoe, and designing an award winning concrete mix by 19 years old, Ami has come a long way. Having honed her QS and Commercial skills in South Africa, England and NZ, she brings a comprehensive perspective that improves a team’s contract performance and drives greater equality, diversity and inclusion in the industry.
Ami’s role as Commercial Manager for BPC means she is responsible for commercial and risk for the Central North Island region. This includes managing business risk and opportunity. Her ability to build strong working relationships has seen Ami continue to excel within the business. Her senior manager described Ami as: “A woman with a lot of courage and intellect, a very strategic thinker who is building equality in the industry and our business, and who has developed systems and processes which have really helped us maintain an even keel financially.”
To date, some of Ami’s major achievements are:
• Provided commercial management training to Fletcher Construction’s national businesses to align site management staff.
• Negotiated fair contract terms and delivery for Te Maunga Wastewater, Ports of Auckland’s Freight Hub, Parallel Road Treatment Plant, Project Basalt and Peacocke Strategic Wastewater Pumpstation to name a few.
• Created and implemented various commercial management systems and improved efficiency in two of NZ’s largest construction contractors (Downer and BPC)
• Has delivered on budget for 3 years in a row
• Develop innovative case study to turn accident prone SH1 Tirau to Taupo to a safer road
• Sits on Fletcher Women in Construction committee, facilitating toolboxes on major sites, offices and depots across the country, and creating workshops for construction women in all major centres.
Prior to joining AUT University, he was a senior lecturer in Sweden and Switzerland working with pulp and paper companies, Swiss pharmaceutical companies, and government sponsored environmental projects.
David’s research interests lie in model predictive control, large-scale industrial optimisation, real-time quality and associated novel visualisation techniques, and modelling and simulation of a wide variety of applications spanning the finance, agriculture, fishing and manufacturing industries.
David received his Ph.D. from the University of Queensland in 1990, and a BE (Chemical & Materials) from the University of Auckland.