Industry Advisory Group
We work side by side with our industry partners to ensure that our Engineering students graduate with the skills and experience that New Zealand needs.
The Industry Advisory Group is a key body that helps ensure that the School of Engineering understands the engineering education and research needs of New Zealand. The Advisory Group provides ‘external’ advice to the Dean of Engineering regarding priorities and directions of current activities and future developments. Its members are professional engineers, engineering managers, and senior managers, with extensive experience from working in industry, academia, or government.
Industry Advisory Group 2020-2021
Keith Gallagher - Gallagher Group
Electronics Technical Leader
Keith Graduated with BSc from Waikato University a couple of years before the Engineering School started. Keith has worked as a full time development engineer in the Electronics Industry since 2002. Main development experience includes vending machine IOT (before it was called IOT), marine radar, vehicle tracking, security and animal weighing. Community involvement with the Secondary schools Employer Partnership program and member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
Dr Alistair Scarfe – Robotics Plus Ltd
Founder | Director | Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Alistair Scarfe (PhD, BE (Hons)) has 12 years’ experience delivering agricultural technologies, and now considers himself an “entrepreneer”, which he describes as a fusion of entrepreneurial spirit with engineering science. Growing up in a high-production, science-driven, dairy farming environment, Alistair was motivated to progress the application of engineering science to agriculture.
Alistair has a PhD in Industrial Automation and a first-class honours degree in Mechatronics Engineering. As RPL’s CTO, he has led the team to develop RPL’s technology portfolio. This world leading work has been recognized with several finalist spots for national awards, including New Zealand Innovator of the Year and Young New Zealand Innovator of the Year.