We’d like to introduce you to one of our students to join our newly created Student Membership category – Siavash Nourani.

Helping you to get to know aspiring engineers like Siavash, is part of our works to better connect you with our future engineers and develop meaningful relationships with them.

Together, we can make the NZ metals industry thrive with amazing talent.

Tell us about what you’re studying

I’m a new PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Canterbury, and my professional background is in the metals industry. I have also had good experience working in other industries as well.

HERA Student Member, Siavash Nourani.

What would you like to do career wise?

I’m crazy about R&D and manufacturing and it’s one of the main reasons why I’ve chosen to continue my study in this space!

I would definitely like to have more progress and hands on experience in mechanical joining – especially environmentally friendly  methods. My Master thesis was also about joining sheet metal, so I hope that I could be more productive in this type of work environment as a result.


What are your hobbies and past-times?

While my study focuses tend to be around Finite Elements Analysis, mechanics, technology or similar – I love to play the guitar and harmonica and even sing in my own time.

As well as this, sports and the gym are a certainly part of my everyday life.


What do you love about engineering?

I always believe that scientists can find things which already exists, but engineers can make something that doesn’t – all to help humankind.


What makes a good engineer?

For me its very important to be productive.

I think that ongoing study and real life experiences can help any engineers improve their ability. And, facilities and support can expedite that.


What do you associate with heavy engineering and metals-based engineering?

In my professional life, I’ve had the chance to work in the heavy industry sector.

It was certainly a different experience to supervise and coordinate manufacturing teams. I’ll always remember working on the manufacturing substructure of a mast – it was a great highlight in my career for me.


What do you think about HERA?

I just read about HERA on the internet when i was exploring and surfing.

I believe being associated with this organisation is an opportunity for any researcher and engineer like myself to have support, and a mechanism to gain better understanding of projects happening in New Zealand.

I also hope that connecting in with HERA may also help me to better cooperate and connect with R&D companies. I’m really open to take on any research opportunities that might be out there!