Dr Michelle Dickinson (MNZM) is a passionate researcher and teacher with a love of science and engineering.
Her background in Biomedical and Materials Engineering have combined her interests to give her a unique insight into how nature and technology can learn from each other for scientific developments.
Michelle is the founder and Director of the social enterprise Nanogirl Labs Ltd and she is also an honorary academic in Engineering at the University of Auckland.
Michelle has always followed her dreams and never let traditional stereotypes scare her, she strongly believes that everyone should have access to learning about science and how things work, no-matter what your age or education level. Michelle strongly believes that science should be open, transparent and a topic of conversation over the dinner table, not just the lab bench, and her vision is to create positive role models in the world that our children can aspire to be like.
With this belief she is passionate about creating new ways for the public to interact with science including her television appearances, live Theatre Science Shows, science comedy podcast “Stupid Questions For Scientists” and science communication videos.
Michelle presented her experiences and outlook on life to RYLA in 2018 and had a huge impact on the audience of 20 to 28 year olds, when she demonstrated and explained some of her science techniques as well as talking about her remarkable experiences across academia, science, engineering, business and now social enterprise.
Michelle loves a challenge, whether it’s her favourite sports of kitesurfing, martial arts and mountain biking, or working towards finding a new scientific or engineering solution.