Alumni Profiles

Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences

At the forefront of software development
From Hamilton's Hillcrest High School to Silicon Valley, it's been quite a journey for computer science grad Gian Perrone.

Alumnus back at Waikato to recruit for Microsoft
Microsoft Senior Program Manager, Mark Staveley, was back at the University of Waikato to interview computer science students for internships and jobs at Microsoft.

Academy Award for alumnus
University of Waikato alumnus Jon Allitt was recently in Hollywood, enjoying a celebratory drink in a Beverly Hills hotel. He was celebrating because he'd just been honoured by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with a Technical Achievement Award.

Secrecy ends for University of Waikato alumnus with Xbox One unveil
Mark Staveley, who completed his Masters at the University of Waikato in 2000, finally got to tell his family and friends what he had been doing for the last year and a half - working as a software development engineer on the new Xbox One console.

Hillary Scholar alumnus to run the world's highest marathon
A University of Waikato Hillary Scholar alumnus will brave ice, snow, and altitude when he takes on the highest race in the world - the Tenzing Hillary Marathon.

Alumnus tracking poor communities in Phnom Penh
Raglan resident and semi-retired Senior Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Analyst, Darryl Gillgren, has recently embarked on a life-changing volunteer experience in Cambodia where he will use his professional skills on a project that assists urban communities who are at risk of eviction.

On the diplomatic team
How is it that a student who graduates with a Masters of Science in pure mathematics ends up in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, working in such places as Belgium, Jakarta, Washington DC and Turkey? Andrea Smith has a career to envy.

Alumnus blows into Microsoft
World lightweight blokart champion and Computer Science graduate Gabe Young landed a job at Microsoft headquarters in Seattle while still studying at Waikato. He underwent five hours of interviews in a Sydney hotel for the position as a software development engineer.

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