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Our Students

Our computer science students come from a range of academic and personal backgrounds, and have set themselves on the path to a diverse range of careers. Find out more about a selection of our current and past students below:

Jon Allitt

Bachelor of Science
Since 1998 Jon has worked at Weta Digital on the visual effects for many well-known movies, including The Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong, Avatar, and most recently Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy.


Kerry Arts

Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Recent University of Waikato Computer Science graduate Kerry Arts, is enjoying his role as a software engineer for Smartrak Ltd in Hamilton.


Laura Bocock

Bachelor of Science with Honours
Laura spends her day training and mentoring others in concepts and tools for change leadership and improvement.


Simon Campbell

Bachelor of Engineering with Honours
University of Waikato software engineering graduate Simon Campbell is enjoying his job as a developer at Hamilton company Enlighten Designs.


Alena Choong

Bachelor of Engineering with Honours
"After my first work placement at the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, I realised that the degree structure at Waikato prepares you to become an engineer fit for any industry."


Becky Dawson-Smith

Bachelor of Science
I like that studying Computer Science allows me to utilise my analytical and problem solving skills, but also gives me opportunities to be creative.


Sjoerd de Feijter

Master of Cyber Security
Sjoerd de Feijter began an internship with Gallagher, after being awarded the Sir William Gallagher Cyber Security Scholarship.


Katie de Lange

Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences with Honours
University of Waikato alumna Katie de Lange celebrated the completion of her PhD at the University of Cambridge in July 2017.


Gage Hall

Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design, Bachelor of Design
Former Hamilton Boys’ High School student Gage Hall is in the final year of a Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design at the University of Waikato.


Amanjot Kaur

Master of Cyber Security
I’ve had so much practical exposure and learnt a lot of new skills here


Tom Lochore

Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Tom works as a Scrum Master, or project manager, at Datacom, a company that builds, designs, and runs IT systems for businesses.


Bridie McPherson

Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design with Honours
University of Waikato honours student Bridie McPherson is exploring how consumers react differently to typography and hand lettering.


Steven McTainsh

Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Steven's role as a Mobile and Web Developer for Wellington company Alphero, involves developing iPhone and iPad apps, as well as mobile websites for clients like TVNZ, State Insurance, Westpac New Zealand and Vodafone.


Grace Nolan

Bachelor of Science
You can work with your passions, take something you are interested in and add computer science to it. I just want girls to know it's an option.


Gian Perrone

Master of Science
The highlight for me was making that transition from standing back in awe at the cutting edge of computer science to being actively involved in it, and now my career is helping define the ways in which computing and information enrich our lives.


Sara Schaare

Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences with Honours
“I love the problem-solving aspect of computer science and the challenge of finding a solution."


Harpreet Singh

Master of Information Technology
"The University of Waikato and New Zealand have given me so many new experiences and exceeded my expectations on every level."


Lynley St George

Bachelor of Science, Master of Science (Technology)
I’ve loved my time at Waikato. I’ve never felt boxed in, I’ve been able to explore and have fun, and if I find an academic’s online profile and they’re researching something I’m interested in, I simply go and knock on their door for a chat.


Carlin St Pierre

Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences with Honours
Being awarded one of ten Computer Science Fees Scholarships in his first year set Carlin St Pierre up for success.


Mark Staveley

Master of Science
"Professors in the Computer Science Department really made a tremendous impact on me and I’ve never looked back."


Francine Tan

Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
My teachers back home had told me that the University’s research programme was really strong and I was pleased that it lived up to its reputation. My work with the cyber security lab helped me to fine-tune my practical skills.


Greg Taylor

Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design with Honours, Master of Computer Graphic Design
The foundational knowledge I received in design has shaped my entire career. It’s as simple as that.


Sam Thompson

Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design
Sam has always been interested in both the creative and computing sides of design...


Katie Trigg

Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Bachelor of Music
I like that everything is on one, beautiful campus and there is direct communication between the lecturers and the students.


Kelly Wilson

Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design, Bachelor of Design
Kelly chose the Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design because of its strong design focus and programming component.


Claudia Wu

Bachelor of Science with Honours
University of Waikato Computer Science graduate Claudia Wu spends her days making sense of numbers, to ensure ANZ are lending responsibly.


Gabe Young

Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences with Honours
Gabe completed his BCMS (First Class Honours) in 2011 and went to work at Microsoft HQ in Seattle, USA.