Waikato professional engineering students are more than just a number, they are part of a unified team guided by a diverse range of thought leaders to solve real-life problems from day one of their degrees.
Plant-inspired flexi structure to earthquake-proof buildings
Professor Ilanko, a Professor in Civil Engineering, recieved inspiration from Mimosa pudica - the touch-me-not plant - for a new way to improve the earthquake-proofing qualities of structures. Ilanko noted "When I saw the plant sprouting, I bent down to feel it and it collapsed. For me as a structural engineer, I saw a sudden loss of stiffness - something was erect and then it is just collapsing.