In 2005 I was awarded a Bachelors in Science majoring in Physics and Chemistry. In 2008 I was awarded a Masters in Science from the Department of Physics. In 2013 I was awarded a PhD in Mechanical Engineering specializing in Materials Science. My career has continued to build on my curiosity and talent for quick learning which gives me great opportunity in multidisciplinary research.
Since 2005 I have been working with Dr. Nick Tucker on the process of Electrospinning at Plant and Food Research Ltd., Lincoln, New Zealand. This project has been undertaken in collaboration with Dr. Mark Staiger and Dr. Mathieu Sellier at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Canterbury. This team has explored aspects of charge in the electrospinning process, the use of auxiliary electric fields to influence the fibre in flight, high volume production of electrospun fibre, image analysis of fibre diameter, medical scaffolds and filtration.
Specifically, I have worked with high frequency data capture to study charge flow in the electrospinning process. I have also developed an algorithm that can detect electrospun fibre on a scanning electron microscope image and quantify the fibre diameter. I have also worked with computational fluid dynamics to describe the process of electrospinning from a theoretical basis.
Since 2010 I have volunteered with the Futureintech program run by IPENZ. In 2006 I won the Future Science Category in the McDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year Awards. In 2009 I was recognized as the best Engineering Presentation in the University of Canterbury Postgraduate Showcase Conference and invited to give a public lecture on my research.
My research has been funded by a Technology for Industry Fellowship Scholarship, a Department of Mechanical Engineering Premier PhD Scholarship and the Dick and Mary Earle Scholarship in Technology.