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#WaikatoEDS Industry Networking Event

A highlight of our design show is our industry networking event. This is an opportunity to network with like-minded industry representatives and to connect with current engineering undergraduate and postgraduate students and alumni. We would like to invite our industry based colleagues to join us in the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts from 5.30pm, Thursday 22 October. This event aims to strengthen our connections with local industry, provide networking opportunities and to showcase our undergraduate engineering design projects. The evening will consist of two presentations by invited keynote speakers.

Keynote Speakers

Rebekah Heperi

Rebekah, from Ngāti Raukawa (Waikato) and Tainui, graduated from Waikato in 2016 and in the 4 short years since being a student has found herself in several roles including Chief Technical Officer, Graduate Process Engineer and Mother. In each of these positions she has drawn on the skills she gained studying and working in the UoW School of Engineering to succeed.

Rebekah's current role is with Worley, a global provider of engineering, procurement and construction expertise in the upstream, midstream, chemicals, power, mining and minerals sectors. She is primarily focused on the oil and gas industry in the Taranaki region.

Campbell Upperton

Since completing University in 2009, Campbell has worked across multiple disciplines in Engineering. He started in a self-owned energy consulting business where a lack of industry experience was a barrier to engaging clients; moved to a Site Engineer role for Brian Perry Civil traveling around NZ working on projects for waste water, roading and national grid transmission upgrades; before returning to his roots in mechanical engineering at PFS Engineering since 2015, where he is now a member of their senior team running daily operations for the Engineering Services department.

In his Keynote, Campbell will talk about his journey out in industry, highlighting the importance of people, relationships and purpose.