Plenary Speakers

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Alison Andrew


Chief Executive, Transpower

Alison joined Transpower in 2014. She has held a number of senior executive roles across various industry sectors, most recently as Global Head of Chemicals for Orica plc.  She has also been a Director for Genesis Energy.  Prior to these roles, she held a number of senior roles at Fonterra Cooperative Group and across the Fletcher Challenge Group in Energy, Forests and Paper.  Alison has a MBA from Warwick University, and studied Engineering (Chemicals and Materials) at Auckland University

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Dr Michelle Dickinson


University of Auckland

Dr Michelle Dickinson (MNZM) is a passionate researcher and teacher with a love of science and engineering.
Her research is involved in measuring the mechanical properties of materials from the nanoscale through to the macro scale, specifically using indentation techniques.
She has a special interest in biological material behaviour and adapting traditional engineering measurement techniques and models to suit realistic biological testing conditions.
Currently you can find her as a senior lecturer in Engineering at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and Director of Nanogirl Labs Ltd.
She obtained her PhD from Rutgers University (USA) and her MEng from Manchester University (UK) in Biomedical Materials Engineering.