Department of Physics


Meet our graduates


Aaron Herber


Head of Physics, Assistant Head of Science, Head of Digital Teaching and Learning at St Peter’s College, Auckland.

Aaron Herber, a Department of Physics graduate who now works at St Peter's College, Auckland.
Aaron Herber

Aaron’s journey into the world of physics and teaching started with his desire to know how the world worked.

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Ana Snjegota


Medical Physics Registrar, Radiation Oncology Department, Auckland City Hospital

Ana Snjegota, a Department of Physics graduate who now works at Auckland City Hospital
Ana Snjegota

Ana enjoyed physics since the moment she was first introduced to it in high school.

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Ihab Caraguli


Site Senior Medical Physicist at ICON Cancer Centre in Cairns, Australia.

Ihab Caraguli, a Department of Physics graduate now works at the ICON Cancer Centre in Cairns, Australia.
Ihab Caraguli

Ihab considers physics to be fundamental in gaining scientific understanding of the universe.

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Duncan Matangi


Policy analyst, New Zealand Treasury

Duncan Matangi, a Department of Physics graduate now works at New Zealand Treasury
Duncan Matangi

Duncan Matangi has absolutely no regrets about swapping from engineering to focus on subjects he enjoyed studying the most - physics and mathematics.

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Petra Tang


Teacher, Western Springs College

Petra Tang, a Department of Physics graduate now works as a Teacher, Western Springs College
Petra Tang

Petra Tang says Physics was one of the only things that made sense to her when I was younger and it was a natural choice when she started her university studies.

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Luke Sutherland-Stacey


Director, Weather Radar NZ Ltd

Luke Sutherland-Stacey, a Department of Physics graduate is now Director of Weather Radar NZ Ltd
Luke Sutherland-Stacey

Luke Sutherland-Stacey initially pursued a variety of the natural sciences at University (physics, chemistry, geology, environmental science, maths) and chose to specialise in Physics as his Bachelor of Science major.

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Kathy Luo


Software Engineer, Air New Zealand

Kathy Luo, a Department of Physics graduate who now works as a Software Engineer for Air New Zealand
Kathy Luo

Physics was one of Kathy Luo’s favourite subjects at high school. “I enjoyed maths as well,” she says, “but had a genuine interest in physics.”

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Zoe Davidson


PhD Candidate, University of Bristol and part-time optical designer, Vodafone New Zealand

Zoe Davidson, PhD Candidate, University of Bristol and part-time optical designer, Vodafone New Zealand
Zoe Davidson

Zoe says one of the most serendipitous things that has occurred in her life was not doing well in high school as it put her on her path - optoelectronics.

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Yat Hei Lo


Liquid Crystal Manager, Thorlabs

Yat Hei Lo, a Department of Physics graduate who now works as a Liquid Crystal Manager for Thorlabs
Yat Hei Lo

From a very young age Yat Hei Lo wanted to be a scientist. He decided to study physics once he realised it forms the foundation of many other sciences.

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Kevin Fernandes


Optoelectronics Engineer, Coherent Solutions

Kevin Fernandes, a Department of Physics graduate | Optoelectronics Engineer, Coherent Solutions
Kevin Fernandes

Kevin Fernandes was initially going to study engineering, until he realised that he was more interested in why rather than how something worked.

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Yvette Perrott


Lecturer, School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington

Yvette Perrott, Department of Physics graduate
Yvette Perrott

Yvette believes the skills and knowledge from her general Physics degree that have been most useful to her since moving into astronomy are the general problem-solving strategies.

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Nicola Gujer


Business analyst, Vista Entertainment Solutions

Nicola Gujer, Department of Physics graduate
Nicola Gujer

It was Nicola’s high school careers advisor who suggested Physics as the best science option to take for someone who likes maths. It turned out that this advice was just right for Nicola.

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