Engineering & Materials

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With New Zealand’s top Faculty of Engineering, Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland does world-leading research in areas including wireless charging, flexible electronics and sustainable energy. Researchers from the faculties of Science and Medical and Health Sciences are also well known for their work in applied physical sciences, advanced materials and bioengineering.

Research centres such as the Space Institute | Te Pūnaha Ātea, Transportation Research Centre and Centre for Advanced Materials, Manufacturing and Design encourage impactful transdisciplinary work. The University also has specialised equipment and facilities including the National Satellite Test Facility.

UniServices-backed spinout companies include Tectonus, which makes structures earthquake-resistant; Quantifi Photonics, which makes photonics test and measurement equipment; PowerOn, which is working on giving robots a soft sense of touch; Cirrus Materials Science, which makes advanced coatings in sustainable ways; and Zenno Astronautics, which is developing electromagnets for spacecraft control and propulsion.

Engineering & Materials Contacts

Analeise Murahidy

Director, Strategic Growth – Science, Engineering and Bioengineering

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Analeise has been with UniServices since 2009. She has held contract management, operations and business development roles within the tertiary sector in the UK and New Zealand. Contact about: New research opportunities in areas relating to environment and cleantech; agriculture and food; digital tech and automation; and health technologies.

Luke Spencer

Business Development Manager – Digital Technology and Space

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Luke has been with UniServices since 2022, creating partnerships for University researchers with industry and government. Previously, Luke worked as the CTO of a growing electronic and software consultancy, turning innovative ideas into commercial products. Contact about: Research or consulting in digital tech, electronics, automation, space, and engineering-related technologies.

Stephen Flint

Investment Director – Digital Technologies and Engineering

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Stephen has been with UniServices since 2009 and is a fund manager for the University of Auckland Inventors' Fund. Previously, he worked in various investment management and finance roles, and has an MSc in oceanography and geology. Contact about: Commercialising or investing in advanced materials, digital tech and engineering-related technologies.

Stephen Lo

Investment Manager – Digital Technology and Engineering

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Stephen has worked at UniServices since 2021. His areas of focus are on the commercialisation of advanced chemical materials, physics and optics and digital technologies. He has a PhD in Chemistry and is currently completing his Master of Bioscience Enterprise. Contact about: Commercialising or investing in digital technology or engineering.

Benjamin Pearson

Senior Investment Manager – Engineering, Cleantech, Space Tech

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Ben joined UniServices in 2017 and is currently a senior Investment manager for the University of Auckland Inventors Fund. Contact about: Investment in engineering-related technologies including in cleantech, robotics and space.

Yaser Shakib

Investment Manager – Digital Technology

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Yaser graduated as a civil engineer and worked in the land development space for seven years before his interest in technology saw him shifting careers into the Web3 Venture Capital world. He now works as the Investment Manager looking after the digital technology portfolio. Contact about: Commercialising or investing in Blockchain, AI, Machine Learning as well as environmental, structural and civil engineering.