President

The President is the leader of the association, its spokesperson and chief representative. They are responsible for the day-to-day management of NUPSA, working closely with its Executive and staff, and attending regular meetings with key stakeholders throughout the University.

The President advocates on behalf of postgraduate students regarding matters of concern, and is a primary point of contact for student enquiries.

Aaron Matthews

Hey there! My name is Aaron Matthews and I am the NUPSA President for 2020.

Let me start by giving you a bit of background on my studies. I completed my Bachelor of Electrical Engineering here at the University of Newcastle in 2015 and then started a PhD in Electrical Engineering the following year. This year will be (I’m holding myself to this) my final year of study, hooray! I suppose technically it is my fifth year, but… final year sounds better, right? As a great man once said, “A delayed thesis is eventually good, but a rushed thesis is forever bad.” [1]. My research is centred around the implementation of rooftop solar panels in distribution networks within Australia.

During my time studying here at the University of Newcastle, as both an undergraduate and postgraduate student, I acknowledge the difficulty, the struggle and the challenge in undertaking and completing this journey. I have had some unsure times during my degree, and sometimes you need extra support and there is nothing wrong with that. I have learnt first-hand the benefit of NUPSA’s work, and I aim to continue that work throughout this year. I see my role as helping support and assist you in making this journey and having some fun along the way!

If you have concerns, or just want to say hi, please reach out to me. I promise I won’t ask, “How is your PhD going?” Also, if you are really just after a board game recommendation, I can help you there too.

[1] Poorly translated quote from Shigeru Miyamoto, Director of Nintendo, sometime in the 1990s

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