About My Students

I have been blessed to be surrounded by wonderful students at bachelors, honours, masters, and PhD levels. I have graduated almost 40 research students and 20 software project groups since I began in academia, and my students have been integral in my own academic development over this time period. Many of my students have co-authored papers with me, have presented with me at international conferences, many have gone on to tutor or to further research in honorary positions or as dedicated research assistants. Nothing makes me prouder "work-wise" than to see my students prosper in their chosen fields and interest areas.

The list of companies my students from UOW are now employed in include Google, Facebook, IBM, Accenture, Honeywell, Maquarie Bank, NRMA, Westpac, iTree, Internetrix etc. Some have also gone into government positions including the Defense Signals Directorate and others to local municipal positions for instance in Wollongong Council. And some have even followed their dreams and hit the jackpot with "angel investors" in China. Of course, there are those that are also employed by the University of Wollongong now, Swinburne University, Murdoch University and even universities abroad, like Jordan University-- to these I have a soft spot-- and wish every success with their own sets of students and endeavours in the tertiary education sector at large. 

Above all, I harness the classic meetings that I had with each, either at Out to Lunch, 67, the Coffee Cart, or my humble office. For some of these students, we recollect lots of laughter, and joy, and hoped the research would never end, for others the times were tough juggling life pressures but never wavering from the final goals.

How very proud I am of each and every one of you! 

Dr Jennifer Heath, Director of Strategy, Planning and Performance @ Murdoch University

Dr Jennifer Heath, worked in multiple positions during her time at the University of Wollongong but none more important than her role as Director of Student Support and Education Analytics. She was instrumental at instituting Learning Analytics across the campus, and was well known especially in New South Wales universities for her leading stance on ethical guidelines for the acceptable use of learning platforms.
 
Jennifer will be taking up a senior role at Murdoch University as the Director of Strategy, Planning and Performance in March 2017. She will be sorely missed as an integral community member of the Kiama region as well. Thank you Jenn for being such an incredible support to me at UOW- especially during the birth of number 3- that blue baby wrap kept J so cuddly and warm.

Honorary Fellow Dr Roba Abbas

Dr Roba Abbas is an Honorary Fellow with the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences at the University of Wollongong, Australia. She completed her Australian Research Council (ARC)-funded Doctor of Philosophy on the topic of Location-Based Services Regulation in 2012, earning special commendations for her thesis titled Location-Based Services Regulation in Australia: A Socio-Technical Approach.

Abbas also graduated with first class Honours and Distinction in Information and Communication Technology (majoring in Business Information Systems) from the University of Wollongong Australia in 2006, earning a place on the Faculty of Informatics Dean's Merit List.

She has a strong interest in socio-technical theory, social media, and location-enabled technologies. Abbas has co-edited the Privacy and Security Issues in Social Networks section in the Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining, and has previously co-edited a special issue in Cases on Information Technology on the Social Implications of Emerging Technologies. Abbas has written numerous papers most recently for Computer Law and Security Review and IT and People. She has also lectured and tutored in ICT, and has over five years industry experience in product management and enterprise information architecture.

See also: http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2010/06/11/2922784.htm