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Meet the e-Tuts

The e-Tuts project employs a team of University of Waikato students to help staff and students explore teaching and learning technology tools.

Abby Pinkerton

Kia ora, my name is Abby and I am a Master of Music candidate, majoring in Composition. Piano is my main instrument, although I also enjoy playing percussion, and am learning the violin. I have a passion for teaching and mentoring others - I teach piano to a range of students and also run a group for composers here at the university. Being an e-Tut is a great way to meet new people, problem solve, and get an insight into being a lecturer - a job I would love to have one day!

Ben Redder

Kia ora, my name is Ben. I am currently in my third year of PhD in history, looking at the different representations of the past through contemporary Medieval video games. History has always been one of my main passions, but other hobbies I like are Japanese, piano, listening to music, and theatre. As someone examining video games as a form of digital media, e-Tuts provides a great opportunity for me to expand both my knowledge and skill in digital technology, and for gaining experience toward my aspirations as a lecturer by helping with university teachers and students using technology.

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Dakota Sorensen

Talofa, my name is Dakota and I am currently in my final year of a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Screen and Media. I come from a variety of backgrounds with my mother being Samoan/Tongan/Pakeha and my father being Maori/Cook Island. I like to take long walks on the beach and chase waterfalls in my spare time. I have a vast knowledge of technology and I am excited to work with the rest of the e-Tuts team.

Kévin Maurin

Bonjour ! I am Kévin, PhD student from France who started at the Faculty of Science and Engineering in September 2017. My background is mostly composed of research projects and internships in ecology and molecular phylogenetics, but I also have a degree in ecological engineering. My PhD project is about using DNA to study the evolution of the divaricate habit, an almost endemic morphological peculiarity of the flora of New Zealand. When I am not PhD-ing, I am learning the violin, hiking, watching movies, and of course working as an e-Tut!

Libo Hou

Hello, my name is Libo Hou. I am working towards my master’s degree in Media and Creative Technologies. I enjoy combining new technologies and hope I can invent my own multimedia device that will change people’s lives in the future. I also enjoy composing music that is a fusion of different streams such as fugue, Baroque, Beethoven and Djent.  I am enjoying working as an e-Tut. It gives me a lot of chance to meet and talk to different people.

Sarah Ather

Assalamu'alaikum, kia ora and hello! My name is Sarah and I am currently a fourth year Law and Political Science student here at Waikato. In my free time I enjoy relaxing in the outdoors, reading and writing and playing with my cat Laila. I enjoy my job as an eTut, because it gives me a chance to experiment with different types of technology whilst also helping out others.

Scott Lightburn

Hello, my name is Scott. I am currently doing a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Psychology and Human Development. In a previous job I worked as an installation technician where I developed a keen interest for new technologies. In my spare time I like to listen to music and play my electric guitar.