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New Zealand’s economy is strongly based on adding value to raw materials through processing. Traditional export industries are increasingly looking to innovations in biotechnology and nanotechnology to develop new products or ingredients from New Zealand resources. Similarly new companies are emerging based on these innovations. In the current global market, these new and existing products, must be manufactured and distributed in a sustainable way. Industry must make use of sophisticated environmental technologies to ensure maximum recovery of by-products and minimal impact on surrounding ecosystems. Similarly the use or co-production of energy and minimisation of carbon emissions is critical to the ongoing success of the processing industries.
Three majors in sustainable processing are offered, underpinned by process engineering, each focussing on different technologies or industry applications:
Engineering graduates in Biotechnology, Chemical and nanotechnology and Environmental technology and sustainable energy, typically begin their careers in technical roles in the processing industries and progress rapidly to managerial positions. As well as contributing strongly to the growth and improvement of established export industries, new opportunities are becoming available in emerging enterprises based on new innovations in biotechnology, nanotechnology and renewable energy.
Atomic Force Microscope
Catalysts and Electrolysis
Fuel cells for the military
Gold as catalyst
Hydrogen fuel cells
Keeping nanoparticles ‘nano’
A career in Environmental Engineering will be a natural progression of John Manzano’s own personal interest in the natural environment.
Originally from the Philippines, John came to New Zealand when he was six. His father is an engineer, and his brother a civil engineer, but it was engineering “open” days at high school that really showed John the opportunity environmental engineering could offer.
Massey University’s Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Technology and Sustainable Energy makes it possible for John to work with conviction about something he believes in.
John is passionate about the outdoors. Tramping in the New Zealand bush, enjoying the mountains, forests, lakes and beaches, John recognised the significance of working to preserve our natural heritage.
“Engineering for me is about designing systems to deal with treating the waste we generate, which could otherwise pollute and destroy what I enjoy most,” says John. He recognises the impact engineering has in designing the utilities we enjoy in our everyday lives.
Environmental Technology and Sustainable Energy Engineering makes it possible for John to study a degree that directly helps in reducing pollution. He is also very interested to see systems for processing waste to produce energy and other valuable products.
John’s degree could see him working on sustainable energy projects, energy from waste projects or working for an engineering consultancy, developing projects that help minimise the environmental impact of development.
“Ideally I want to be involved in waste to energy work, working for a multinational engineering consultancy. I want to get to work on planet projects around the world.”
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