Teaching part-time: The best of both worlds

If variety is the spice of life, BCIT Computing Part-time Studies instructors are doing things right. By working in industry and sharing their knowledge with others, they keep themselves challenged while also enjoying a sense of giving back. Donabel Santos (pictured above), herself a BCIT Computer Systems Technology (CST) Diploma and Bachelor of Technology grad, … Read more

Coding Playground: BCIT shows K-12 teachers a bit about tech

BC’s K-12 teachers are gearing up for school to start. Last week, many of them came to BCIT to learn ways they can integrate computing into their classes. Teachers from across the province came together in a fun “unconference” model to work on lesson plans and get inspired for the new school year. Hosted at BCIT’s new … Read more

BCIT Forensics grad on the front lines fighting fraud and financial crime

BCIT Forensics

The headlines are scary: social media cyber security privacy breaches, fraudsters who steal from the elderly, international money laundering schemes. As technology continues to infiltrate all areas of our lives – not to mention our financial transactions – opportunities for fraud and financial crime are evolving and growing. For BCIT Grad Steve Wilson, this network … Read more

Computing students learn the secrets of success from MDA

Christian Nadeau and Christopher Bow from MDA

BCIT Computing frequently welcomes tech sector speakers into classrooms. These visits help students prepare for their careers and offer industry a chance to tell students what they’re looking for. This past year, MDA sent guest speakers Christian Nadeau, Engineering Manager, and Christopher Bow, a 2016 Computer Systems Technology (CST) grad who is now a Junior Software Engineer. They visited … Read more

BCIT Computing instructor invited to consult at Amazon Web Services educator roundtable

Bill Klug at the Amazon Web Services Educator roundtable

Amazon Web Services Educator Roundtable to advise and assist AWS Educate in the development and advancement of cloud computing curriculum Amazon Web Services (AWS) invited Bill Klug, Computer Systems Technology (CST) Cloud Computing Option Head and BCIT Computing instructor, to serve on the inaugural AWS Educate Educator Roundtable. The Amazon Web Services educator roundtable was part … Read more

Food waste theme fuels creative first year CST projects

The first year of the BCIT Computer Systems Technology (CST) Diploma winds up with a five-week intensive team project. This year, guests from Metro Vancouver launched the challenge theme, “food waste,” with inspiration from their Love Food Hate Waste campaign. Karen Storry and Alison Schatz presented issues of concern, including the fact that nearly half of food waste … Read more

Math instructor develops new technique to track embryonic development

How do embryos develop so reliably? BCIT Mathematics instructor Dr. David Holloway is working on just that issue, and recently had a paper on it accepted by the Public Library of Science journal, PLOS ONE. The paper, entitled “Transcriptional bursting in Drosophila development: Stochastic dynamics of eve stripe 2 expression,” sounds – and is – … Read more

Computer Systems Technology students wow VIPs with apps using city data

Computer Systems Technology (CST) students welcomed special guests for an end-of-term demo this week. In teams of two or three, students were tasked by instructor D’Arcy Smith with using City of New Westminster Open Data while developing an android app of their choosing. The resulting apps ranged from games based off sewer system maps to … Read more

Computing instructor receives Microsoft MVP award

Congratulations to BCIT Computing instructor Medhat Elmasry, who was recently awarded Microsoft’s coveted Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for his extensive community service, including numerous free public presentations over the past year, as well as initiating and organizing the .NETBC User Group. Microsoft has awarded the MVP awards for over 20 years to “technology experts … Read more

Student leadership in the battle against invasive plants

Mae Whyte

Congratulations to Mae Whyte, the Fish, Wildlife and Recreation student who won this year’s Together In Action Student Leadership Award from the Invasive Species Council of BC! Mae won the $1000 award for her wide-ranging efforts to raise awareness about—and physically tackle—invasive plant species on campus and beyond. She led the coordination of a removal, replanting, and education event on … Read more