Electronic engineer is cream of the crop
Using electronic engineering to help farmers worldwide is an exciting reality for University of Waikato graduate Andrew Russell.
Andrew works for Lely Sensortec, a company that designs animal management products. His role is to complete research and development into new and innovative ways to electronically sense cattle herd health.
In the past a significant project for the company has been creating a milk quality monitor for use on dairy farms.
“On a typical day I may be working on data analysis, or designing and assembling new prototypes,” says Andrew. “Testing these prototypes is a highlight, during which we visit farms, talk to farmers and recreate real life situations.”
The former St Paul’s Collegiate student completed a Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Engineering at Waikato University.
He chose Waikato because it was close to home and had the bonus of the School Leavers Scholarship.
“Although engineering at Waikato University is relatively new, I think the degrees offered are just as good, if not better, than ones obtained from a traditional engineering university.”
He says the main experience that stood out in his undergraduate degree was the opportunity to complete work placements as part of his study.
“Work placements are an opportunity to get a foot in the door and get some real life experience.
“During my second work placement I worked here at Lely Sensortec.
“I studied the effect of temperature on sensors and learnt how to calibrate against temperature effects.”
Following undergraduate study, Andrew received a masters scholarship from the Ministry of Science and Innovation, which allowed him to build further on his relationship with the firm, completing research into milk spectroscopy in collaboration with the company.
Waikato engineering graduate Andrew Russell scans milk samples that will be analysed, during a visit to a Waikato milking shed. Photo supplied