Childhood love of space endures for Beca scholarship recipient

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11 May 2018

Space exploration has captivated the imagination of many children and Carl Hockey was no different. At age five, he announced he “wanted to build robots to explore volcanoes on Mars” according to Hockey family legend.

Most children move on to other fascinating topics, but not Hockey. Now in his final year of a Bachelor of Engineering Technology at Ara, he is getting closer to his goal to work in the space exploration area. He was recognised for his leadership potential with a scholarship from professional services and leading engineering consultancy Beca at an industry event at Ara last night [10 May].

Caption: (from left), Head of Engineering and Architectural Studies at Ara Michael Edmonds, Beca scholarship recipient Carl Hockey and Beca Principal – Civil Engineering Richard Jenkins.

Hockey will use the $1500 prize money on his final year project. “I am designing a hydrofoil for surfing. Water sports and activities are intrinsic to my quality of life and this, combined with my interest in Aerospace has led to a fascination with all things fluid, whether it be hydrodynamics of watercraft or aerodynamics of spacecraft,” he said.

Hockey won the Beca scholarship by demonstrating excellent communication skills and significant contribution to Ara and the community, as well as academic results and leadership potential. His love of engineering shone through his application.

“In 10 years’ time, I hope to be leading a design team, to advance New Zealand’s engineering community,” he says. “I hope to continue contributing to mankind’s exploration of space, especially with New Zealand’s recent efforts into the space industry.”  

Richard Jenkins, Principal – Civil Engineering at Beca, presented the award, and was particularly impressed with Hockey’s commitment to travel to California for a two-month internship with Microsemi as a Mechanical Design intern working on electronic components for the Aviation, Space and Defence industry.

“Carl has a clear passion for engineering,” Jenkins said. “It was great to see his proactivity in chasing opportunities to gain valuable work experience, including travelling to Los Angeles to work for an electronics company that has experience in the aviation, defence and space industries. He is ambitious and understands that a good foundation in engineering will enable him to achieve his future aspirations.”

Supporting graduates to achieve their potential is important for Beca. “Beca is a people business and we rely on our people to help grow our business, challenge the way we do things and deliver innovative solutions with our clients. Graduates are the future leaders of our industry so we’re proud to get behind this scholarship and support them to develop and grow their careers,” Jenkins said.

“We’ve employed over 40 Ara graduates at Beca. We find Ara graduates hit the ground running and bring a great understanding of engineering and our business to the table.”

Vaughan Robertson, Group Manager – Technology Strategy, and ‘designated Futurist’ at Beca, gave a presentation on ‘Disruptive Technologies and How They Impact Us’ at the event, showcasing technological trends and real life examples of technologies that are impacting our work and personal lives.

The Gordon Fairweather Trust also awarded three awards at the event at the Kahukura (Engineering and Architectural Studies facility) at Ara. The recipients were Tom Lawton, Ryan Johnson, Ashley Watson and Andrew Murton.

About Beca:

Beca is one of the largest employee-owned professional services consultancies in the Asia-Pacific. As well as engineering consultancy, we offer services in business and technology, architecture, planning and environment, project and cost management, and valuation. Our team of 3,000-plus work across many markets including industrial, buildings, government, defence, water, transport and power. We are the problem-solvers – the thinkers, the creators, the planners and practitioners – who work together to make everyday better. While our experience has been nearly 100 years in the making, it’s the fresh talent we’re nurturing, the innovative thinking we’re developing and the connections that we’re forging that get us most excited for the future.