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Advance magazine highlights the innovative research taking place across a wide range of disciplines, in conjunction with industry, the local community and relevant professionals. Featuring multiple projects with the practical and applied focus that typifies research at Unitec, the magazine opens doors to new ideas and possibilities.
Current Issue: Autumn 2013
At Unitec we believe in the importance of having an engaged research culture, with projects that are outward-looking towards our community and relevant industry. Our partners are important to us, because we know that research is more likely to have an impact when it is done alongside those who will make use of the outcomes.
In the Autumn issue of Advance magazine, we have some excellent examples of quality research connected to real world partners. Alongside their lecturer David Turner, a group of architecture students has been working with Genesis Energy on their energy efficiency project, Tomorrow Street, looking at ways to use design elements as well as products and meters to change the way we think about our energy usage. The results will be used around New Zealand to improve energy efficiency and lower energy bills.
The researchers on the test houses project have been working with industry partners to take building performance research to the next level. Their recent roof ventilation project came out of the results of their previous major study, and a desire to fix a problem that many homes face as a result of extra insulation – summertime overheating.
Our computing department is well known for its quality research and collaboration with industry partners (just think NICT and IBM), so it will come as no surprise to learn that our cover story is about computing lecturer Mahsa Mohaghegh, who won the prestigious Google Anita Borg Scholarship for postgraduate students in 2012. We’re particularly proud of her, because she’s the first New Zealand entrant to win the Australasian prize for women in technology. The award has spurred Mahsa’s interest in encouraging more women into the male-dominated computing arena, and she is currently working hard on various plans to achieve this.
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Last edited: 28 March 2013