Tutor Profiles


Dr James Mackay

James received his PhD from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa in 2012 and has published in the field of Physics and Technology education and also in the field of Vocational education.

James has a background in physics and has spent his working life in South Africa developing physics and engineering educational programmes aimed at redressing inequities in the South African education system.

He teaches in the Bachelor of Engineering Technology programme. In the past few years has co-led a national research project investigating language in the trades. He has also been appointed to lead another nationally funded research project aimed at developing a new Degree Apprenticeship in Engineering. 

Dr Najif Ismail

Najif Ismail, originally from Pakistan, is a chartered professional engineer and researcher.  

He worked in Christchurch following the Canterbury earthquakes, was a contributing author on the report to the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission.

His current research involves WelTec students and focuses on better understanding the seismic vulnerability of Wellington’s built environment and the ways to improve building performance in earthquakes.

Najif, who has taught at universities and tertiary institutes, now teaches across WelTec's Engineering programmes, including leading the Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Structures)

Dr Induka Werellagama

Induka is an internationally recognised professional civil engineer in wastewater management, water and hydraulics, with research collaborations in Sri Lanka, Japan, and the USA.

His research interests include drinking water and stormwater treatment, water supply and sanitation, constructed wetlands, and integrated watershed management. 

He has significant industry experience acquired through years of research and consultancy work with organisations such as Opus International, Auckland Regional Council, the UK Commonwealth Secretariat, Asian Development Bank, United Nations Office for Project Services and various water management organisations in Sri Lanka. 

Induka obtained a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Peradeniya, a Masters Degree from the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand and a PhD from the Nagoya University, Japan. 


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