Alumni Profiles

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Getting to Know Alumna Rachel Kelly
This month we caught up with Rachel Kelly, Executive Director of CELF- Community and Enterprise Leadership Foundation and Director of SparkTank Limited. She has always had big ideas, big visions, and has consistently ‘leaned in’ at the table and what she’s achieved since graduating is nothing short of inspiring.

Refugees, conservation and science
Andrea Dekrout is an Environment Officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN agency tasked with ensuring respect for the rights of people fleeing war and persecution and finding lasting solutions to their plight.

Oil industry beckons for graduate
Graduating with a degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering from the University of Waikato was the first step towards Hawraa Al Lawati reaching her goal of working in the oil and gas industry.

An interesting mix
Joanna Bishop has done it all. A single mum before starting university, Joanna has been a gardener at Hamilton Zoo, a mortuary technician at Waikato Hospital and a wellness professional at a health retreat.

Alumna on the road to curing cancer
After completing a Master of Science in biological sciences (with first class honours) at the University of Waikato, Alice Chibnall made the move south from Hamilton to Wellington to start her new job - at the prestigious Gillies McIndoe Research Institute.

Safer driving with engineering know-how
Visits to automotive manufacturing sites McLaren Formula 1, Volkswagen and Bentley are a regular occurrence for Leon Henderson at the moment. It’s all part of the job for the mechanical engineering graduate, who works as a research associate at Cambridge University in the UK.

Awe inspiring career for Waikato grad
Handling cheetahs, training giraffes and rearing emu chicks are just a few of the things keeping University of Waikato graduate April McMurtrie busy in her inspiring career as a zoo keeper.

Chemistry at Imperial College
University of Waikato chemistry graduate Sophie Sim has joined 12 top young scientists from all over the world at Imperial College London after being selected to participate in the NexGenAgriChem Innovative Doctoral Programme.

Distinguished research medal for Waikato alumnus
Faculty of Science and Engineering alumnus Professor Greg Cook has been awarded the 2014 Otago University Distinguished Research Medal for microbiology.

Monkey World
Alumna Jenny Stringer is one of the people working to put a halt to the illegal trade of primates, and is dedicated to recsuing and caring for animals that have been smuggled from the wild.

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