Cornelis Kok

Staff profile

Cornelis Kok



Teaching area

Mechanical Engineering


Cornelis Kok attended primary and secondary studies in Wellsford, New Zealand where he developed a passion for mathematics, team work, and problem solving.

He joined Auckland University of Technology as a student in 2003 where he completed a Bachelor of Engineering Mechanical (Hons), Master of Engineering Studies (2007), and Master of Engineering (2010). While there he represented students as a Design and Creative Technologies Faculty representative (3 years), Society of Student Engineers Board Member (3 years), and a Student Engineers of New Zealand Board Member (4 years). Also he worked as a process auditor/process engineer for a medium sized manufacturing company.

On completion of his studies he worked in a range of roles including inventory administrator, IT helpdesk support, and in other production environments.

He joined MIT in 2013 and currently serves as a Mechanical Engineering lecturer for the New Zealand Diploma of Engineering (NZDE), and Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BET). He has taught Engineering Mechanics, Strength of Materials, Engineering Fundamentals, Engineering CAD, Engineering Design and Drawing, and Engineering Project.


Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Mechanical), Auckland University of Technology (2007)

Master of Engineering Studies, Auckland University of Technology (2008)

Master of Engineering, Auckland University of Technology (2010)

Certificate of Tertiary Teaching, Manukau Institute of Technology (2017)

Industry experience

I have worked as a process engineer and process auditor at a medium sized manufacturing company. This involved sampling and measuring the capability of the production process to remain within production targets. Identifying production issues and liaising with manufacturing staff to provide solutions. Testing production changes to measure capability and provide recommendations for change.

Research and publications

Prototype development and dynamic model for a TQUAV
A project on the continuation of development of a Tail-sitter Quadrotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (TQUAV); an aerial vehicle designed to take-off like a helicopter, and fly on wings like a plane. The project involved the construction and actuation of a quadrotor helicopter, in order to test a control system, for the command of a TQUAV.

Development of Non-contact equipment used for Excitation of Biological Samples
Project with the AUT Biomedical Research Group on the development of a rig for non-contact Excitation of Test Samples. The project investigated the use of ultra sound as a method to provide excitation to test samples. A variety of focused ultrasonic transducers were tested as a means to provide vibration.

Development of Interactive Modules
A collaborative project with Spatial Design Students on the Creation of Interactive Modules for Children at the Wilson Home Respite Care Facility. The project involved consulting for spatial design students on design of an immersive enclosure/environment. The designs were developed for intellectually and physically injured children. A prototype was developed for a mechanical flower and sensory board.

ZAM Quadrotor VTOL UAV: Prototype Development and Control Translator Dynamic Modelling (available from:

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