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 Holly Tootell, Senior Lecturer @ UOW (2007)

Dr Holly Tootell was awarded her PhD in 2007, based on her research into Location-Based Services and National Security. She received her B Info Tech from the University of Wollongong in 1999. Dr. Tootell worked as an e-commerce consultant with ETC Electronic Trading Concepts after graduating in 1999. She worked on projects with NSW Fire Brigade, Macquarie/Fairfax joint venture, and the Local Government Association. Dr Tootell joined the University of Wollongong as an Associate Lecturer in 2001 and became a Senior Lecturer in 2009.

Field of Study: Early childhood education, technology, smart boards, iPads, early childhood professional development. 

Professional Activities and Affiliations:
• IEEE Senior Member
• Program Chair of 2020 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS)
• Co-chaired the RNSA Workshop on the Social Implications of National Security 2006, 2007
• Board Member of the Australian Privacy Foundation