Doctor Robot: Writing the script for the next revolution in surgery

Join Dr Catherine Mohr – a world-leading surgical robotics expert from Silicon Valley – as she talks about how advances in technology can save lives. 

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Meet Dr Catherine Mohr

Surgeon, bike mechanic, inventor, roboticist, mechanical engineer, hybrid car builder, sustainability champion and medical technology pioneer. Dr Catherine Mohr is a Dunedin-born, American-raised self-confessed geek – and this year’s Pickering lecturer.

Over her career she has reinvented herself many times – graduating from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1990 and then graduating from Stanford Medical School in 2006. Since then she’s played a pivotal role in Intuitive Surgical’s development of the da Vinci Surgical System – a robotic system that is all about minimally invasive and safer surgery.

Watch Dr Mohr’s previous talks

Catherine Mohr at Ted talk Long beach 2009


Catherine Mohr at TedMed 2011


Catherine Mohr INK talks 2016


Pickering Lecture

A mainstay on the IPENZ event calendar, the Pickering Lecture series is our way of bringing the amazing feats of engineering to the public arena. Our engineers create better lives for New Zealanders, and we want to showcase their life changing work.

The lecture series is named after Dr William Pickering KBE – New Zealand’s most eminent space engineer. Previous speakers include nanotechnologist Dr Michelle Dickinson in 2015 and Dr Charles Elachi, former director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in 2014.

Watch previous lectures

Dr Michelle Dickinsons Pickering lecture 2015



Dr Charles Elachi of Nasa and his Pickering lecture 2014


Sponsored by Maxon Motor

Maxon Motor has a long collaborative history and are a trusted partner of Intuitive Surgical. We are proud to support Dr Catherine Mohr’s lecture series and excited to learn about cutting edge and emerging technologies. Maxon Motor are at the forefront of robotic and haptic technologies, developing specific products to give surgeons the most tactile feedback and control possible.

Who is IPENZ?

The Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) is New Zealand’s professional body for engineers.

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