Adrian Moise 

PhD 2015

After senior roles at a wide array of top-drawer technology companies, following the 2004 completion of his Computing Science PhD, Adrian Moise had gathered some invaluable insights into how to develop and manage projects and grow successful enterprises – including one key but often overlooked lesson.

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Shannon Juzenas

B.Sc. 2013

“I learned how to learn at SFU,” recalls Shannon Juzenas who, although double-majoring in Computing Science and English, ultimately followed her tech inclinations when choosing a career. “English just seemed more nebulous,” she adds, noting that she hasn’t looked back since becoming a Google software engineer.

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Laura Antonescu

B.Sc. 2013

“I’m a big gaming fan so working at EA [Electronic Arts] was always a career dream of mine,” says class of 2013 graduate Laura Antonescu. “But when I eventually applied through their website, I honestly didn’t expect to get in. I just thought I had nothing to lose and the worst case scenario was they’d say no.”

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Joshua Weissbock

B.Sc. 2010

Joshua Weissbock has turned his twin passions for hockey and programming into the kind of career many might only dream of. A sports analytics consultant – currently on contract with the NHL’s Florida Panthers – he collates and reports on data that helps teams strategize as well as find up-and-coming star players.

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Jen Fernquist

B.Sc. (Hons) 2007

“I help make our products more useful and usable,” says Jen Fernquist, who has been a user experience researcher at Google’s Mountain View campus since 2011. Leading her own team, she “identifies research questions, user motivations, behaviours and pain points before, during and after product development.”

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Armin Bruderlin

PhD 1995

“We design custom software so our artists can produce digital effects for live-action and computer animated movies,” says Armin Bruderlin, principal software engineer at Sony Pictures Imageworks. “The projects can be as big as implementing systems to generate, manipulate and render digital hair or as small as a utility tool to transfer data.”

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Nataliya Shapovalova

PhD 2015

At Amazon's Seattle campus, Nataliya Shapovalova is addressing human-computer interaction and computer vision issues. “It’s a challenging and complex area. Basically, the research looks at problems of human behaviour and interpretation. And although there’s a large amount of data to work with, we always need more."

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Amyn Rajan  

B.Sc. (Hons.) 1993

Amyn Rajan is a software industry veteran with a passion for supporting the community and encouraging gender balance in the technology sector. As president and CEO of Simba Technologies, Amyn leads a highly skilled team of more than 80 people, developing data connectivity and analytics software for some of the world’s leading software companies

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Cheng-Hsin Hsu

PhD 2010

After graduating from SFU in 2009 with a PhD in Computing Science, Cheng-Hsin’s journey brought him to Silicon Valley, California, where he worked as a senior research scientist with Deutsche Telekom’s research and development lab.

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Igor Faletski

B.Sc. 2007

Igor Faletski and fellow SFU alumnus John Boxall founded Mobify in the living room of their Burnaby basement, but they knew they could go bigger. To say they succeeded is an understatement.

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John Boxall

B.Sc. 2007

Mobify, founded by John Boxall and fellow SFU alumnus Igor Faletski, has seen exponential growth in the last few years: from its humble beginnings as a startup in a one-bedroom apartment in Burnaby to a global mobile commerce platform employing more than 90 people.

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Kate Tsoukalas

M.Sc. 2009

After Kate Tsoukalas earned her master’s degree in computing science from SFU in 2009, she was determined to “go big or go home.” She went big, and was quickly recruited as a software development engineer at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, WA.

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Vincent Chu

B.Sc. (Honours) 2008

SFU computing science graduate Chu (’06) is a senior software developer with Visier Workforce Analytics. An SFU Summit Entrance Scholarship winner, Chu was also the recipient of several awards while at SFU, including the prestigious Governor General’s Silver Medal.  

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