Elec­tronic en­gi­neer is cream of the crop

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - MAINTENANCE MATTERS -

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

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