Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation, AUT University
School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
Professor John Raine started on the right foot with a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Canterbury and his career has balanced experience in academia and industry.
His research has focused on engines, vehicles, alternative energy systems, and engineering design. He shared the Premier Rutherford Award and a Technology New Zealand FIRST Award with his PhD students. Professor Raine also consults to industry, primarily in new technology evaluation and vehicle crash analysis.
Professor Raine was formerly Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Auckland and International) and Chief Executive at Massey University’s Albany Campus, and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise and International) at the University of Canterbury. A strong advocate for university-industry linkages, John Raine has led university intellectual property commercialisation activities over a 28 year period.
At the University of Canterbury he founded Canterprise Ltd and co-founded WhisperTech Ltd, the HITLabNZ and the Canterbury Innovation Incubator. He later led the transition of Massey’s e-centre business incubator to a company structure.
He has served on the MED Design Task Force, participated on numerous governance boards, and in 2011 chaired the Ministry of Science and Innovation "Powering Innovation" review. From 2009 to 2015, he chaired the board of REANNZ Ltd, the company that manages the advanced research and education broadband network, and is a member of the board of the committee for Auckland.
Currently, Professor Raine has oversight of the research and commercialisation functions at AUT. This includes coordination of the university's research strategy, oversight of research contracts and relationships with research agencies, and the formation of spin-out ventures and licensing of intellectual property from research and creative activity by staff and students.