Kristine Ann Sotelo-Dela Cruz
Science Research Specialist, Food Processing Division, Industrial Technology Development Institute, Department of Science and Technology, Philippines
Master of Science with Honours (First Class)
Her postgraduate study at AUT has helped her reach another level in her work, says science alumna Kristine Ann Sotelo-Dela Cruz who recently completed a Master of Science specialising in food science.
“It was a great experience for me. I appreciated AUT’s small classes and supportive lecturers, and the facilities and equipment were very sophisticated.
“My research project focused on non-thermal processing of fruits to extract desirable flavour compounds and bioactive compounds with health benefits. My lecturers and supervisors also encouraged me to successfully publish an article about my work in Molecules — Open Access Organic Chemistry Journal.”
Kristine also shared her research at the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology Conference 2014 and at the 2014 AUT Postgraduate Symposium, which is an important showcase for postgraduate research across AUT.
Before coming to New Zealand, Kristine worked as a research specialist in the food processing division of a Filipino government development institute.
“I had already completed a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, but after several years in the workplace I decided to further my education.
“I researched available scholarships in New Zealand and Australia, and was lucky enough to receive a New Zealand Asean Scholar (NZAS) Award with AUT. For me, this was a good match academically and I am glad I made this decision. I would encourage students to study at AUT and look for scholarship opportunities.”
Life in New Zealand
Being able to travel around New Zealand was one of the highlights of Kristine’s time at AUT.
“I love nature and New Zealand is a beautiful country. I really enjoyed travelling all over New Zealand on weekends or during the holidays.”
The easiest way to meet people and make friends is to stay in AUT’s on-campus accommodation, Kristine says.
“I loved staying in the university accommodation and my Kiwi roommates helped me with learning the local culture.”
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