Duncan Cameron

How does a Master of Innovation and Commercialisation degree lead to a Master of Engineering degree?

Duncan looks into the camera. He is holding a circuit board. The room is lit up in a green hue.

“My thesis topic under the earlier programme was on wireless networks, and I started my research with a lecturer in the Wellington Faculty of Engineering. I really enjoyed the experience, and with my supervisor’s encouragement, decided to enrol for the Master of Engineering, specialising in Network Engineering,” explains Duncan Cameron.

Duncan’s research focused on energy optimisation of wireless backhaul networks. He devised a lightweight traffic engineering tool called Segment Routing over MPLS, or SR-MPLS, for supporting those who operate wireless networks in areas with energy-harvesting constraints.

Duncan enjoyed the overall research process. “The Master of Engineering programme has been a fantastic opportunity to develop my passion for wireless networking. I’m interested in exploring how wireless optical networks and radio-over-fibre research can be used to improve energy efficiency on modern wireless networks. I’m now enrolled for a PhD.”

Besides the academic components, Duncan believes other aspects of the Faculty have enhanced his overall learning experience. “There are opportunities for postgraduate students to socialise. There is life outside the programme, where you can meet new and exciting people and make friends for life.

“I also believe that some of the skills I developed as part of my programme were important in a project that I worked on with another student for Wellington UniVentures (the University’s commercialisation arm) on automated network monitoring.

“Most of all, I really enjoy living in Wellington. The cultural richness that this city has to offer is simply not shared by many other New Zealand cities. For those wanting the best that New Zealand has to offer, I have no doubt that it is here in Wellington.”