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NZ student excels in forest engineering

29 January 2021

Jacob Allum, who completed his degree in Forest Engineering last year, has just been co-awarded the Civil Contractors New Zealand Prize in Pavement Engineering for 2020. “The University of Canterbury has a strong Civil Engineering programme that attracts very academically talented students, so it is great to see one of our forest engineers at the top of their class”, notes Director of Studies, Prof. Rien Visser.

This has capped of a very good year Jacob. He was awarded the NZIF Jon Dey Memorial scholarship at the start of the year to support his final year research project and did that proud by then taking out the Forest Engineering Dissertation prize. His work was on woodlot infrastructure and has helped set a benchmark for requirements.

Based on his grades over the last two years he was also awarded the top prize for overall graduating forest engineer. “I’ve seen how hard he has worked this last year, but it has also been his passion and enthusiasm for forestry that fully justifies this recognition”, say Visser. Jacob has started his career with the China Forestry Group and is based in Wellington.

2nd year forest engineering students Milan Clarke, Frazer French, Pat Goeysinsup and 3rd year students Cameron Jones, Simon Smith, Luke Wilson all achieved a better than A- average for the year. “Grades are not everything, but this puts them into the top 10% of the engineering students at Canterbury so it is a nice recognition of their effort and achievement to date.

“I think it reflects very positively on forestry as a whole in that we not only attract good students into the programme, but they also have the motivation to do really well based on the engagement with industry”, says Visser.

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