AUT first doctorate in digital forensics awarded to Tongan scholar

Dr Raymond Lutui has become the first scholar at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) to acquire a doctorate in digital forensics.

Dr Lutui is also believed to be the first Tongan doctorate  in this field.

“Ignited by curiosity, Raymond Lutui came to AUT to come to complete his, PhD in Digital Forensics the first person to do so at AUT”, a statement from AUT says.

“Raymond developed his interest in computers from an early age in Tonga”, it says.

“I think my main drive is my own curiosity… I want to find out more about computers, which lead to my interest in IT and then forensic investigations.”, the statement quoted Dr Lutui as saying.

Looking forward

Raymond has been awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies.

He will teach, mentor and most importantly, research. In his role, there is a focus on research publications to establish an academic career path, with hopes of progressing through AUT’s academia.

Raymond’s first year within the Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies will be focused on establishing research from his thesis in Digital Forensics, and his second year will be a time to explore a new field: Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.

“This is something completely new for me and I am very excited to start learning all I can about these fields.

“Through my journey here at AUT, I have learnt that the knowledge I have acquired doesn’t matter or make me any wiser unless I use it wisely.”

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