ABOUT
US

The NIP is a multidisciplinary, industry-facing R&D community based at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Engineering. We aim to connect companies facing technical challenges with world-class experts who are committed to having real world impact. We believe that while good things happen when people collaborate to innovate, great things happen when they do so shoulder-to-shoulder.

OUR PEOPLE

ENRICO TRONCHIN | NIP Manager

At NIP I’m charged with connecting businesses with our research community and seeding collaboration. I love facilitating the innovation process to help business and society thrive. I’ve previously held innovation management roles at TNS Global, Canterbury Development Corp., Ministry of Science and Innovation and AUT.

CLAIRE BENNETT | Co-Location Coordinator

My focus is people and community, from supporting companies resident on campus to co-ordinating our numerous events. My background is in project and business management within an SME environment, and I take a hands-on approach to everything I do. Creating connections to allow others to thrive in their chosen fields, achieve their goals and enjoy the journey of doing so is the most rewarding part of my role.

OUR AMBASSADORS

MORTEN KNAPP
I’m an international student from Germany and the Regional Ambassador for ‘Technische Universität Dresden’. I’m completing my PhD in Civil Engineering looking at improving the hydraulic design of culverts, for the passage of small fish, such as whitebait.

SHERRY ZHENG
I’m studying my Masters in Engineering Project Management at present whilst working in the Body Corporate Team of Auckland Property Management. I’d say I’m a go-getter who enjoys interacting with people. I’m fluent in Nankinese, English and Mandarin.

AVISHEK CHANDA
I’m an international student who hails from India. I am completing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering on the formability of commercial timbers and investigating its fire properties at the Centre for Advanced Composite Materials. I’m interested in making links with innovative companies. I’m also a semi-professional cricketer.

HEBA ELSAIDY
I’m an international student completing my PhD in geotechnical engineering. In Egypt I worked as a geotechnical engineer and head of projects in several residential and industrial building development and land development projects. My passion is soils with a focus on swelling/shrinkage characteristics of expansive residual soils.

GERALD KWAZU
I hail from sunny Nigeria. I’m currently a PhD student in Civil Engineering working to develop a framework for livelihood preparedness. I’m passionate about business and new enterprise.

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