BCIT Computing alumnus finds niche in supporting Indigenous businesses

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We caught up with Computer Systems Technology (CST) alumnus Rob Schulz, who recently got inspired to help Indigenous-owned businesses during the pandemic. Rob’s passion for technology saw him designing websites when he was just out of high school. “As I evolved in the role from a graphic design perspective to coding, I became interested in … Read more

Bridging divides and making life easier in 2020: First year CST apps showcase

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How can apps help us manage during these times of challenge and social distance? This was the challenge given to 270 first year BCIT Computer Systems Technology (CST) students for their five-week project this year. From food waste to Ecocity, this annual team project challenge always has a theme for students to base their project … Read more

Quality data more crucial than ever: Insight across sectors with Gordon Hamilton

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We’ve all been looking at a lot of health data over the past few weeks, learning about flattened curves and infection rates. But the statistics and graphs on which major decisions of life and freedom are based, are only as good as the quality of data behind them. Gordon Hamilton has been focused on this … Read more

A look inside the transition to remote format: classroom response to pandemic

A look inside the transition to remote format

In order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, many programs and courses across BCIT recently made the transition to a temporary online format. We asked Chemistry Instructor Jennifer Wolf and Computing Instructor Ishita Dwivedi, to share some of their remote teaching experiences.  “Within the span of a few days, the whole landscape changed,” recalls … Read more

Computing students deliver viable product to client airG: Mini-Me for major experience

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There’s nothing that better prepares you for working on a client project than working on a client project. That’s why BCIT Computing students work on over a hundred actual client projects every year through the Industry Sponsored Student Project program (ISSP). A Computer Systems Technology (CST) project team recently took on a project for airG. … Read more

CIT students solving complex industry problems: Q&A with new grad Alex Micsoniu

Q: What did you study at BCIT and what led you here? Alex Micsoniu: I have a diploma with distinction in Computer Information Technology (CIT) from BCIT. Before BCIT, I was a Computer Science student at UBC. However, I decided to leave UBC because the topics we were learning focused heavily on theoretical subjects; not … Read more

Fariba Pacheleh, Computing PAC Chair: Five reasons to serve the tech community

Fariba Pacheleh

I sat down with Fariba Pacheleh, BCIT Computing Program Advisory Committee (PAC) Chair, to learn more about her experience as an immigrant woman in STEM and to find out what led her to be such a dedicated leader and mentor in the technology community. Choosing a tech career path After success with the extremely competitive … Read more

Identification of DNA in Cold Cases: Q&A with Expert Steen Hartsen

We sat down with DNA expert and Forensics instructor Steen Hartsen to learn about a recent case he worked on here at BCIT. Q: Tell us about the recent case of a newly-discovered airplane crash site with very old unidentified human remains. We were recently sent samples from an airplane crash in northern BC. The … Read more

Interdisciplinary analytics hackathon yields insight from data

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How can we use data to gain insight for business and society? This was the challenge facing over 125 students at this month’s BCIT Student Association (BCITSA) QDS Hacks 20. The interdisciplinary hackathon saw teams comprising computing and business students working to ideate and develop a prototype, along with a scalable business model. Real solutions … Read more

Computing students seek out applications of AI

“Generative adversarial network” and “deep convolutional neural network”: the terms sound daunting, but behind them lies potential for AI to positively impact human lives. The BCIT class of 2019 Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AIML) Option students in the Computer Systems Technology Diploma program recently wrapped a year of specialty study with their project demos. … Read more