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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.


Scott Alonzo

Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design
"My advice to prospective students? Go to University and expect to gain a desire to learn; don't expect to have all the knowledge just given to you."


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."


Christie Davis

Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
For Christie Davis, the aim of all the hours of hard work she puts into training is part of a plan to be the best she can possibly be. She's on the right track - she picked up two silvers at the New Zealand National champs in February and was a part of the New Zealand U23 team in 2015.


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.


Jarrod Dickinson

Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences with Honours
If you have a passion for technology then definitely study at Waikato. They have an amazing faculty with expert lecturers who will help set you up for a career in the technology sector.


Gage Hall

Bachelor of Computer Graphic 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.


Carly Hona

Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences with Honours
I can’t believe how many doors have opened for me since I started my degree.


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.”


Nick Lim

Master of Science
After completing an Electronic Engineering degree, Nick decided to expand his education experience and come to New Zealand to complete postgraduate research in statistics.


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.


Rebekka Marsh

Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences with Honours
After completing her BCMS(Hons) degree in Computer Science, Rebekka began working on a Student Management System project at the University of Waikato.


Emma-Jane McIntosh

Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design
Wanting a qualification that would stand out and make her a versatile designer, Emma-Jane McIntosh chose to complete the Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design at the University of Waikato.


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.


Korii Scrivener

Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences with Honours
As part of the Woodside Graduate Programme, Korii has been rotating around the company gaining hands-on experience.


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
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 Computer Science

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


Jojo Stewart

Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
A highlight for Jojo Stewart has been the opportunity to visit schools with her tutor and 'spread the word' to students – particularly girls – about studying computer science.


Declan ter Veer-Burke

Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences with Honours
University of Waikato graduate Declan ter Veer-Burke is enjoying the fantastic work atmosphere at Enlighten Designs, where he turning customers' ideas into working software.


Sam Thompson

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


Naomi White

Bachelor of Science
Throughout Naomi's career she had always enjoyed work related to IT, and when she decided to look for a new direction, IT was an obvious choice for her.


Kelly Wilson

Bachelor of Computer Graphic 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.