Farhaan Mirza
Research / Design / Software Development

Career Objective

Both academic knowledge and industry experience contribute to my profile. For the past 15 years, I have been involved in research-driven commercial IT projects and academia – this exposure has provided me with the opportunities to practice my abilities across disciplines of research, software architecture and development, publishing, teaching, and industry collaboration. 

My career objective is to share my knowledge with enthusiasm, and further my research and development abilities to produce technology advancements that will make a difference to the quality of people’s lives. 


PhD in Information Systems, University of Auckland, 2015

Masters of Software Engineering (Honours), Massey University, 2007

Bachelors of Software Engineering (Honours), Massey University, 2005

Research Statement

My research objective is to contribute to the development of consumer-oriented ubiquitous information systems and apps that enhance the quality of life for people. Within this broad scope, I have contributed towards:

  • Mobile health information systems in New Zealand
  • Next generation networks and technology standards – in particular 4G wireless and Fiber networks
  • Consumer decision making and loyalty 
  • Transformation of books to interactive apps
  • Geographic information systems for public sector research


On the academic side - I am currently a researcher and Lecturer at AUT in the Department of IT and Software Engineering, appointed in 2016.  Prior to this I was a lecturer & tutor at University of Auckland Business School (2009-2014), mainly focused on web application development. I also lectured at Unitec during 2008-2009.

I am a principal investigator on several projects with the Precision Driven Health Initiative. Prior to these projects I have developed Ministry of Transport's Travel Survey for New Zealand with CBG Research and Mirza Bros Ltd. Additionally worked on Health IT projects such as Real Time Patient Feedback (funded by Health and Disability Commissioner), and Memory Angel medical adherence program (funded by Pharmac).

I worked with Medtech Global as a Software Architect during 2007 - 2009, and still continue to advise and collaborate on their products and solutions. I worked as a Quality Assurance Engineer at The Hyperfactory during 2004 - 2006.