Researcher Profiles

The University of Waikato has more than 500 research-active staff with skills and expertise in a diverse range of research areas. Many of these researchers are open to collaboration with industry partners as a means to transition their ideas into market-ready products and services.

Learn more about some of our researchers and their commercial and research projects below or see the University of Waikato’s Experts’ File for more researcher details.

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Vic Arcus

Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, University of Waikato
Vic specialises in molecular biology and industrial enzyme research. He is the lead inventor for spin-out company OBodies, which is developing high affinity proteins for medical applications.

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James Carson

Senior Lecturer, Engineering, University of Waikato
James areas of expertise include thermodynamics and food engineering. James has been involved in numerous commercial food technology projects throughout his career.

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Adrian Dorrington

Senior Lecturer, Engineering, University of Waikato
Adrian's research focuses on improving the quality of 3D ranging imaging technologies. Prior to his time at Waikato, Adrian was a postdoctoral fellow at the NASA Langley Research Center

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Nihal Kularatna

Senior Lecturer, Engineering, University of Waikato
Nihal's research focuses on improving the efficiency of power supplies and finding solutions to global power quality issues. Nihal’s areas of expertise include electronics engineering and power management.

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Michael Mucalo

Senior Lecturer, Chemistry, University of Waikato
Michael specialises in research around biomedical materials. He is the lead inventor for spin-out company Graftoss, a medical device company developing bone implant materials for humans and animals.

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Kim Pickering

Associate Professor, Engineering, University of Waikato
Kim specialises in the research and development of polymer composites using biomaterials and bioprocesses. Kim has been involved in numerous commercial projects throughout her career.

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Jonathan Scott

Professor, Engineering, University of Waikato
Jonathan Scott specialises in electronics and engineering and has worked on a number of commercial projects with WaikatoLink. Jonathan spent many years at Agilient Technologies in California prior to his time at Waikato.

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Grant Sherson

Technical Manager, Mediarena Research Centre, University of Waikato
Grant manages the University of Waikato’s Mediarena Research Centre, which facilitates cross-disciplinary collaboration across creative arts fields.

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Johan Verbeek

Senior Lecturer, Engineering, University of Waikato
Johan specialises in the development of polymer composites from renewable materials. He is the lead inventor for spin-out company Novatein, which develops biodegradable plastic materials.

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Deliang Zhang

Associate Professor, Engineering, University of Waikato
Deliang has expertise in material processing technologies. His recent research focuses on titanium power processing and consolidation.

Coarse Range Image Registration

An automated technique for coarse alignment of two or more 3D point clouds, which eliminates the need for manual image processing.
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