Joel Gibson

Class of: 2009
School: Kelston Boys High School
Scholarship Partner: Alcatel-Lucent

DEPUTY HEAD BOY 2010

Joel is recognised as an extremely talented young man who has always been one step ahead of his peers. Joel's school academic achievements alone are outstanding and when coupled with his talent as an accomplished flautist, a youth and kids leader in his church community, an avid Water Polo player and school leader, it is clear that Joel is a stand out all-rounder. In 2008 Joel was awarded the prestigious Colgan Scholarship for all-round Excellence and passed his IGCSE Cambridge Mathematics Examination with A+. In 2010 Joel finished NCEA with Excellence at every level and was made Senior Dux.

When awarding Joel with a First Foundation Scholarship, Steve Lowe, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent New Zealand, said "as the leading telecommunications infrastructure provider in the country, Alcatel-Lucent is constantly looking to identify and support the future leaders and innovators of our industry. Joel demonstrates the inquisitiveness, passion and drive needed to succeed in an industry as dynamic and fast-moving as Telecommunications." Joel regards his partnership with Alcatel-Lucent NZ as a life changing opportunity which motivates him in his Engineering studies through The University of Auckland.
In his spare time, Joel builds computers and restores old cars. He also volunteers at his church, working as a leader for the holiday programmes and TGIF Friday night kids' club.

Joel studied at The University of Auckland and completed his Bachelor of Engineering (hons), majoring in Mechatronics Engineering with first Class Honours. On the possibility of receiving a First Foundation Scholarship, Joel had the following comments: 'the opportunities provided by this prestigious scholarship are enormous, and it would allow me to pursue my goals unhindered, along with the certain help and support of a mentor and fellow students to drastically change my life experiences.'

"As the leading telecommunications infrastructure provider in the country, Alcatel-Lucent is constantly looking to identify and support the future leaders and innovators of our industry. When Joel was a senior at Kelston Boys High School, he built his own computer - demonstrating the inquisitiveness, passion and drive needed to succeed in an industry as dynamic and fast-moving as Telecommunications. This scholarship will afford Joel the opportunity to be part of an organisation that has technology leadership and excellence embedded in its DNA - a valuable environment to enable his University Engineering studies to flourish." - Steve Lowe, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent in New Zealand.

Joel worked as an Embedded Systems Engineer at PowerbyProxi and on May 25, 2015 he started a new job in Silcon Valley at Tesla Motors .