'I would like to have a positive effect on the environment...'
Studying towards a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Natural Resources Engineering
As someone who loves the outdoors and spending time hiking and snowboarding throughout the year, studying Natural Resources Engineering was the perfect fit for Alise to help protect our environment for the future.
Travels through Europe gave inspiration for her studies after seeing the large amounts of litter in the environment, and a lacking system to manage and maintain these.
‘I want to encourage people to think about how their day to day choices effect the environment, and try to have a small footprint on the earth,’ she says.
Through Engineers Without Borders at UC, Alise has already taken steps to educating others about the environment through the in-school teaching programme. Her first experience involved teaching year 10 students at Mairehau High School how to build water filtration systems for clean water, and educating them on the importance of clean water. She will be organising their future school visits throughout Christchurch as a School Manager in their executive committee.
Her degree studies has a similar focus on waste systems engineering and its implications on the surrounding nature, local community, and regional government.
‘I am really excited to add to my knowledge in this area and acquire the tools to apply it. I love learning about the fundamental way the world works through mathematics and physics.
‘I would like to have a positive effect on the environment, either through the use of designing better waste systems here in New Zealand, or getting involved with government through engineering or environmental policy.’
Choosing UC was by recommendation from friends, saying ‘it was the university to go to for pursuing an Engineering degree’. Along with her degree, she also particularly enjoys the campus gardens, and views of the surrounding mountains from the Puaka-James Hight Library while studying.
As someone who discovered their passion for Natural Resources Engineering at university, Alise advises other students unsure about their engineering skills to still consider studying.
‘I really want to encourage other females to consider Engineering as an option, as I was never told about it in high school,’ she says. ‘Anyone can study Engineering if you work hard and really want it. I never thought I was capable until I was told that I could achieve anything if I was passionate about it. It also does not feel like a burden to study a lot, because I love learning new things and can see the end goal I want to achieve.’