The Standards and Accreditation Board (SAB) is appointed by the Governing Board and is responsible for overseeing key Engineering New Zealand standards-setting functions, including:
- Overseeing all aspects of the accreditation of New Zealand engineering qualifications using international benchmarks (Washington Accord, Sydney Accord and Dublin Accord)
- Determining the standards required for different classes of Engineering New Zealand Membership and CPEng registration
- Overseeing the professional development Partner programme
- Monitor strategic issues impacting on engineering education in New Zealand
- Ensuring that Engineering New Zealand satisfies all responsibilities under international Accords and Agreements
Ongoing Strategic Priorities
- Engineering Education Accreditation: Continue addressing requests for engineering programme accreditation (including developing accreditation of postgraduate programmes in engineering)
- Professional Standards: Ensuring that New Zealand Government’s Occupational Regulation legislation support and enhances (or at least does not detract from) the professional standards and competencies of practicing engineers
2023-2024 Strategic Priorities
- Improving constructive alignment of programme design, delivery and assessment with Graduate Attributes
- Development of a roadmap and plan to adopt the 2021 version of the IEA Graduate Attributes and Professional Competencies*
- UK Masters / NZ BE (Hons) alignment
- Developing Lessons learned from the pandemic, including consideration of virtual and hybrid approaches to accreditation visits (including learning from international organisations)
- Completing our review of accreditation documentation and incorporating updates based on experience of its use during 2020/21
- Addressing impending challenges to maintain our international educational accord signatory status, including:
- Resolution of continuous versus periodic review model
- Advent of Te Pūkenga and the single service provider model
- Innovation in engineering education
2024 and beyond Strategic Priorities
- Support Engineering New Zealand’s review of the SAB terms of reference
- Implementation of the plan for adopting the 2021 version of the IEA Graduate Attributes and Professional Competencies*
- Consider development of model for accreditation of Engineering Geology qualifications?
- Review / redesign of Engineering New Zealand’s Professional Development Partner model
Note: * Endorsed by SAB as a key priority
SAB Board Members
Craig Price, DFEngNZ, CPEng, IntPE, CFInstD, BE(Hons)
I am a Chartered Professional Engineer, Distinguished Fellow and Past President of Engineering New Zealand. As Chief Technical Officer for Beca Group Ltd, I am responsible for leading the professional practice of Beca and guiding the development of Beca’s technical capability globally, across eight countries, 23 offices and more than 3,500 staff. I am strongly committed to the engineering profession and passionate about supporting the advancement of engineering education and professional standards through my work on the Standards and Accreditation Board. I support the objectives of the International Engineering Alliance to achieve internationally bench-marked standards for engineering education and competence for engineering practice through my role as the Deputy Chair of the International Professional Engineers Agreement. I am a Chartered Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and my governance experience includes commercial entities, industry and professional associations.
Kaye Clark, FEngNZ, NZCE (Civil), BE, MBA
I'm currently enjoying a work-free lifestyle although have a background in municipal and transport engineering with over 40 years’ experience in central and local government; most recently with Waka Kotahi in executive engineering management roles. I have previously served on various committees and boards including Co-Chair of the Road Controlling Authorities Forum, Engineering NZ, and Canterbury University Advisory Board. I’m currently on the University of Auckland Civil advisory board. As an NZCE/BE mid-career graduate, I have a passion for ensuring we continue to grow great engineers that meet the needs of an industry that meets our social and environment responsibilities. We need to maintain robust and varied training and career pathways to accomplish this. In support of diversity and inclusion I celebrate and encourage all who identify as engineers!
Ashley Yan, MEngNZ
I am a Senior Lecturer at Unitec Institute of Technology for 10 years. I specialises in lecturing electrical machines, power systems to students. I am also a board member on the Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) which governs electrical workers in New Zealand and ensure that electrical work is done safely to the appropriate standards and quality. Working at Underwriters Laboratory as a Safety Engineer gave me the insights into regulations, rules, and laws that engineers have to consider as a part of their engineering design. I am very passionate about the environment and have done various research into renewable energy sources and its applications. I am very driven to accomplish the goal of attracting and retaining more women in engineering through EE2E programme which shows high school girls the wonders of STEM.
Gerard Rowe, FEngNZ
I’m a Fellow of Engineering New Zealand and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Auckland. I joined the University of Auckland in 1984, and my underlying academic appointment is in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Software Engineering where I am a Professor. My disciplinary research interests lie in the areas of radio systems and electromagnetics. I am also engaged in Engineering Education research on identifying and correcting student conceptual misunderstandings and in curriculum and course design.
Avik Halder, FEngNZ, C.Eng (UK), MICE, MSc., B.Eng (Hons.)
I am Stantec’s Technical Development Leader for our New Zealand Water Business Centre responsible for ensuring technical excellence and showcasing our technical capability. I’m a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of Engineering New Zealand. I’ve been involved with Engineering New Zealand for several years, currently as a Chartered Professional Engineers Board member, Fellowship Panel member and Wonder Project Ambassador. I was previously involved locally with the Nelson Marlborough committee for six years, including three serving as branch Chair. I am also the Industry Advisory Chair for the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology.
I’m passionate about promoting engineering as a career and committed to ensuring that the engineering education sector is held in high regard both within New Zealand and overseas, producing high quality engineering graduates from all pathways, fully equipped to enter the profession. I have been involved with several accreditation assessments for ITPs and Universities across the country.
Mark Milke, CMEngNZ, CPEng, PhD
I am a Professor in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, University of Canterbury. I completed my degrees in U.S., and started teaching and research at UC in 1991. My professional focus is in environmental engineering, particularly solid waste management and groundwater quality. I maintain my engineering practice through peer review work. I provide service to a number of NZ organisations, and am a Gold Shovel member of WaterNZ. I have been increasingly active in teaching of professional skills in recent years with teaching of communication, critical reflection, systems, professional development, and integrated design. My active research in systems is reflected in a current technology project with Ngai Tahu on water impact exchanges, and my service as Co-Editor-in-Chief to the international research journal Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems. I maintain membership in engineering education associations and read on a wide variety of education topics.
I'm a professor in the Faculty of Engineering at Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University of Wellington. I initially joined the University in 2005, and within a few years became the founding professor of Electronic and Computer System Engineering in the newly established Engineering Faculty. Since then I have served as Deputy Head of School, Head of School, and most recently, 8 years as the Faculty’s Dean. I hold adjunct positions with the University of the South Pacific and the University of Waikato and am on the Engineering Stakeholder Advisory Group for the Open Polytechnic.
My research interests are multidisciplinary, spanning Engineering Education, Mechatronics, Sensors, Optics, and an engagement with the New Zealand School of Music that has resulted in us developing a world-leading research group in musical mechatronic devices. I'm passionate about the student learning experience and have been awarded multiple teaching awards including the Ako Aotearoa Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award for sustained excellence in tertiary teaching and learning.
Julie Raine, FEngNZ
I’m a Chartered Civil Engineer and a Fellow of Engineering New Zealand. I’m the Past Chair of Engineering New Zealand, Auckland Branch – only the 3rd woman in 100 years to hold this position. I’ve worked in the engineering industry for over 30 years in the UK and Middle East. My discipline is traffic and transportation, including highway design, and I specialise in tenders and procurement. I’m heavily involved with Engineering New Zealand – I’ve been on the Auckland Branch committee for 10 years, the Fellowship Panel for 5 years, I’m on the Standards and Accreditation Board and a supporter of Engineering New Zealand wellbeing and mental health initiative during COVID. I was also the winner of the Auckland Luminary Award 2022 for exceptional contribution to engineering in Auckland. I’m an advocate for the Diversity Agenda and as a professional speaker, I speak and train across the engineering and contractors’ industry on diversity, leadership, networking, communications and presentation skills.