Computing welcomes new Associate Dean: Get to know Donna Turner

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“It’s with great pleasure that I announce that SoCAS has successfully filled the position of Associate Dean of Computing with one of our very own!” announced Dean Hildebrand, Dean, School of Computing & Academic Studies (SoCAS). Donna Turner is already known by many at BCIT as Program Head, Student Success for the Computer Systems Technology … Read more

How we decide: BCIT Mathematics’ Stefan Lukits

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You’ve been trying to get into the Vancouver real estate market. You’ve found a place that you like and can afford: how much should you offer in your bid? You are a public health official advising lawmakers on lockdown measures in a pandemic: how far should the government go in constraining individual freedoms in order … Read more

Studying part time to succeed in the Canadian workplace: Three pieces of advice from Hans Hwang

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Hans Hwang relocated to Canada from China in 2015. He brought 20 years of experience as a software developer specializing in Quality Assurance (QA) and testing, and held a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science. Nevertheless, in Canada, he struggled with finding local employment. He was lucky to be able to work remotely for a past … Read more

The vein network in plant leaves: Clues for adaptation to a warming world?

Computer simulated leaf with a network of veins generated by the Holloway-Wenzel model equations

Dr. David Holloway, BCIT Mathematics faculty, and Dr. Carol Wenzel, BCIT Biotechnology faculty, recently had the honour of publishing their research in in silico Plants (Oxford University Press). The innovative interdisciplinary work involves the pairing of mathematics and the veins in plant leaves. Applying computer simulation to biological processes Carol has extensive experience in the … Read more

“Working in IT gives you a chance to shape the future”: Q&A with Computing’s Tim Guicherd

The pandemic has only underlined the importance of the IT systems that sustain our society and its systems. With continued growth in the sector, BCIT Computing needs instructors to help build the next generation of tech professionals. We connected with Computer Information Technology (CIT) faculty member Tim Guicherd to learn what he enjoys about the … Read more

From audio engineer to IUGO games developer: Matt Moldowan’s route

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We caught up with grad Matt Moldowan, now four years into his games development career, to learn how he pivoted through BCIT Computing Part-time Studies to train for a new sector. Q: What were you doing before you started studying at BCIT? Matt: I had previously gone to school for audio engineering and was a … Read more

“Hit the ground running”: BCIT’s approach to teaching cloud computing

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All sectors experienced significant change in the last year, but there’s one that’s thrived above most. Cloud services have seen double-digit growth amid massive expansion of work and study from home. Gartner points out that even reluctant Chief Information Officers (CIOs) moved mission-critical workload away from their premises during pandemic lockdowns. Yet beyond the home-based … Read more

“Never bored”: Preparing for the pace of change in tech

Solmaz Talebipour smiles (about her career move to IT?)

Solmaz Talebipour had a mining engineering background from her native Azerbaijan. After settling in Canada, and working her way back into mining through a technician role, she felt she wanted to do more. While on a maternity leave, she assembled her prerequisites and applied to BCIT’s Computer Information Technology (CIT) Diploma Program. Part of her … Read more

Forensic grad Valerie Tsang: “I always wanted to help keep people safe”

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Valerie Tsang had earned a Bachelor of Science, and was working full time when she realized she wanted to do more. She felt she would be happier in a career that combined her background in science with her long running interest in law enforcement. This realization led her to apply to BCIT’s Bachelor of Technology … Read more

The “real” experience of an IT internship

BCIT grad Eric Wong who did an IT internship

BCIT’s Computer Information Technology (CIT) Diploma Program has always offered hands-on Information Technology (IT) projects to best prepare students for work. Last year, an internship option was added. We checked in with grad Eric Wong to learn more about his internship experience, and any advice he’d give to future BCIT Computing students. From finance to … Read more