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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
"...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 came to Waikato to gain practical exposure and I have not been dissapointed. I’ve have learnt a lot of new skills here. Each and every assignment has been so helpful in improving my knowledge and I am so much more confident in my own abilities now.”


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.


Gian Perrone

Master of Science
From Hamilton's Hillcrest High to Silicon Valley, it's been quite a journey for computer science grad Gian Perrone.


Sara Schaare

Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences with Honours
Sara is a software engineer at Google Sydney, working with a team to develop products for emerging markets.


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)
Lynley St George has already earned multiple scholarships, finished a BSc double major, and travelled overseas for a physics conference. Now she's tackling a Master of Computer Science and mentoring other Māori students.


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


Sam Thompson

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


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.