Auckland Bioengineering Institute

Dr Thomas McKay

Thomas McKay began with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) specialising in Biomedical Engineering, went on to complete a masters and a doctorate specialising in Bioengineering, and is now with Beca as a Systems Engineer.



Thomas McKay received a Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering from the University of Auckland in 2005 and a Masters of Engineering (Bioengineering) in 2008. He completed his PhD in Bioengineering in 2011, and went on to become a Research Fellow in the Auckland Bioengineering Institute. In 2013, he began lecturing undergraduates in the Department of Engineering Science.

The aim of his PhD work was to develop an energy harvesting system based on an artificial muscle technology (dielectric elastomers), specifically focussing on the development of a dielectric elastomer generator that is simpler, lighter, and cheaper than models previously available.