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Three take out energy scholarship

Monday 27 June 2022 1:51pm

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Students Lizzy Skelton (left) and Aleida Powell (right) with Associate Professor Michael Jack (centre). 

Only given to a handful of students around the country each year, the Energy Education Trust Scholarship has once again recognised Otago students.

Energy Science and Technology student William Hadley was thrilled to discover he had been chosen to receive the scholarship for 2022. He says energy science is something he’s excited to be creating a career in.

“I did a summer studentship working on efficiency standards for dehumidifiers with Sam Lowrey in the Physics department. We were looking at the logistics of introducing a dehumidifier efficiency standard in New Zealand.”

Currently there isn’t a standard for dehumidifiers in New Zealand despite it being a common household appliance many rely on in the cooler months. William says there was more research needed for this topic than what he could complete in one summer but it was the tip of the iceberg for an exciting career.

“I chose energy science because I’m interested in improving technology and also accelerating a transition to a sustainable economy. There’s a lot happening right now in policy changes, it’s a good time to be working in this field.”

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William Hadley was thrilled to discover he had been chosen to recieve the scholarship.

William plans to go onto postgrad studies when he completes his degree at the end of the year.

Alongside William in receiving this scholarship were Energy Management students Lizzy Skelton and Aleida Powell. It’s a double celebration for Aleida who receives the scholarship for a second year in a row, this year in support her postgraduate research. Lizzy is also passionate about contributing to a sustainable future in her studies and currently works as a Tētēkura with the Sustainability Office.

The scholarship is available to students enrolled in relevant Undergraduate or Honours level study at any one of six participating New Zealand universities including the University of Otago.

Kōrero by Internal Communications Adviser Chelsea McRae