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Hazell Fernandez

Patent Executive

Hazell joined the Auckland Patents Team in 2017. The knowledge and skills learned in her degree gives Hazell the ability to advise in relation to a range of mechanical and electrical technologies, particularly medical technology.

Hazell’s work focuses on patent prosecution, drafting patent specifications and patent research. She is continuing her education at the University of Victoria Wellington, to become a qualified patent attorney. 

Outside of work, Hazell loves exploring new places, especially beaches and waterfalls, and walking her dog. 



Qualifications and memberships

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) majoring in Biomedical Engineering from The University of Auckland.  


Hazell has previously worked at Southern Lights Biomaterials and at Auckland Bioengineering Institute while completing her degree.  Her work at Southern Lights Biomaterials saw her working on a research project investigating the decellularization of bovine pericardial tissue.

Hazell’s honours dissertation focused on characterising one of the pelvic floor muscles and then developing a computational model of the structure. An abstract of her dissertation was accepted for an oral presentation at the International Continence Society’s 2016 conference in Tokyo and is published in the associated Journal of Neurology and Urodynamics.