Two talented Auckland University Chemical and Materials Engineering students are recipients of this year's Methanex Engineering Scholarships.
Aynslie Kemp and Hugh Barlow are delighted to be selected for the $5,000 award, which will assist them with their studies as they enter the third year of their 4-year degree.
Aynslie welcomes the scholarship and says she aims to work in the petrochemical industry when she graduates. “It means a really awesome connection into the industry that I want to move into. I’m interested in the process side of things, particularly in the energy petrochemical sector, because it is so relevant to society now and in the future”.
Aynslie is the Treasurer for Auckland University’s Women and Engineering Network, which involves going into schools to inspire girls to consider engineering careers and doing activities with them, such as programming robots.
She says there are lots of opportunities out there for budding process engineers, especially those who, along with the technical know-how, are good at communicating. “Because with process engineering you are going to have to work with different situations constantly and look at improving them.”
Hugh, who tutors part-time and is building a miniature hovercraft in his spare time, says the scholarship funding allows him extra freedom so he doesn’t have to spend any extra hours earning money.
He is currently doing an internship with Todd Energy and making the most of the outdoors living in Taranaki, with plans to summit Mt Taranaki.
“I would really like to say thank you to Methanex for the scholarship. It’s great to be recognised and I’m very thankful.”