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

BCIT Technical Communicators go national

Technical communication talent is highly prized – and emphasized – at BCIT. In fact, we recently enjoyed our annual celebration of these skills at the Presentation Idol competition. But it’s especially gratifying to see students take these skills beyond campus, as was the case at this year’s national Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC) held from March … Read more

Students showcase the best in technical communication

The 7th Annual Presentation Idol wrapped up this week, crowning Navtej Heir from Electrical Engineering as judges’ choice first place winner for the second year in a row. The event offered a fascinating field of topics to audience members who filled the Great Hall, ranging from robot design to building automation analytics. Navtej took home … Read more

Computing grad international cybersecurity thought leader

Hardly a day goes by without some advice from the media about keeping yourself safe in cyberspace – stronger passwords, selective sharing, checking who kids are meeting online. Yet beyond our own personal cyber-footprint is a massive technical infrastructure that keeps our society running smoothly. With critical infrastructure ranging from transportation to water systems – … Read more

Keeping current with CodeIgniter

What’s a community-developed open source technology looking for a home to do? In 2014, CodeIgniter was lucky enough to find that home in Metro Vancouver, here at BCIT. Described as a “fully baked PHP framework” by its original developer, EllisLab, CodeIgniter is a “proven, agile and open web application framework with a small footprint.” It’s … Read more

Computing welcomes new Associate Dean Dr. Bethany Edmunds

We’re happy to announce that Dr. Bethany Edmunds is taking the helm of BCIT Computing as its new Associate Dean. Bethany has been at BCIT for almost seven years, most recently as the Program Head for the Computer Information Technology (CIT) Diploma. While overseeing CIT, Bethany initiated and planned the relocation to the Downtown Campus, … Read more