MEET OUR STUDENTS
The Professional Master's Program in Computer Science attracts hundreds of applications every year. Given the superb employment outcomes of our alumni, it is no surprise that students from across the globe recognize our program's value. On this page, we present some key alumni statistics and introduce a few students from each concentration.
ALUMNI EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
BIG DATA CONCENTRATION
Previous Education: Bachelor of Arts in Economics, National Taiwan University
Previous Experience: Machine Learning Engineer Intern at E.SUN Bank, Taipei, Taiwan
I studied Economics because I was fascinated by the idea of explaining human behaviour using data, and I also actively participated in CS/STAT courses to improve my technical skills. In my first data science internship, I developed a daily recommender system for a dating app, SweetRing. The experience of dealing with large amounts of real-life data excited me and motivated me to obtain more professional knowledge through SFU's Professional Master's Program in Computer Science, as this program best helps me achieve my career goals of building scalable data products in the future.
Previous Education: Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science, Visvesvaraya Technological University
Previous Experience: Data Science and AI Intern at Vision Digital India, Bangalore
I took a variety of computer science courses during my undergraduate studies, but my interest was really peaked by machine learning and data mining. I delved deeper into those subjects by taking relevant online courses and working on data science projects on the side. Before graduating in 2020, I had already made the decision to pursue a master's program in data science. The Professional Master's Program in Computer Science at SFU was the best fit for me, because the lab courses and the co-op prepare me for working as a data scientist in industry.
Previous Education: Master of Science in Controls Engineering, University of Calgary
Previous Experience: Software Engineer at Geoforce, Calgary
My career has revolved around cloud systems and big data captured by IoT devices, such as geolocations and sensor data. Dealing with such large amounts of data and having a solid background in control theory motivated me to learn more about machine learning and data science. The Professional Master's Program is a great blend of theory and practice and allows me to connect with like-minded people. I enjoy learning more about cloud architectures and being able to receive feedback from experts. Adaptability to today’s rapidly changing industry needs is important to me, and the professional master's curriculum excels in this area.
VISUAL COMPUTING CONCENTRATION
Previous Education: Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Applied Mathematics, University of Toronto
Previous Experience: Data Scientist at Tamr, San Francisco Bay Area
While I was working I spent a lot of time outside my job to learn about cutting-edge developments in machine learning. In particular, a machine learning conference at Google led by Ian Goodfellow and his research group sparked my curiosity about deep learning and its applications to computer vision. The conference as well as the readings I completed afterwards were the main factors that inspired me to pursue a graduate degree in visual computing.
Previous Education: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Simon Fraser University
Previous Experience: Software Developer Co-op Student at VIPRE Security, Burnaby, BC
During my undergraduate studies, I took a computational photography course and was absolutely fascinated by the computer vision techniques and algorithms I learned about. SFU has a very good reputation in computer vision and graphics, and I feel fortunate to have the opportunity of learning from and working with the top experts in the field. For example, I have been working at SFU's visual computing lab, GrUVi, for some time, where I contribute to research projects under the guidance of Dr. Manolis Savva and Dr. Angel Chang. This experience has greatly deepened my understanding of visual computing and the tremendous impact it will have on our future lives.
Previous Education: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science & Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a minor in Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology, Washington University, St. Louis
Previous Experience: Advertising Creative Developer at Fancy Pants Group, New York City
I was preparing a pitch for a client when I came across a video demo of an augmented reality installation that Purina had created in a shopping mall. The installation allowed customers to interact with Purina's cartoon mascot ‘Felix the cat’. Watching the video, I suddenly understood the appeal of augmented reality. I believe adding more of these kinds of installations in our daily lives will change the way we live, and I want to be one of the people who can create such content.
Previous Education: Apprenticeship Diploma in IT Systems Integration, IHK Wiesbaden
Previous Experience: Faculty Member at School of Computing, BCIT, Vancouver
Prior to joining SFU, I worked in IT systems administration in the public and non-profit sectors in Germany and Canada. My professional interests include data science, cryptography, public policy, and information security ethics. Whether we like it or not, the world is getting more connected, and we need to take charge of how our personal information is secured, stored, and processed. SFU's Professional Master's Program in Computer Science provides the perfect mix of hands-on practice and rigorous theory to deepen my knowledge. I’m looking forward to collaborating on exciting projects with SFU’s faculty and my fellow students.
Previous Education: Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a minor in Computer Science, University of British Columbia
Previous Experience: Web Development Intern at Fabricoz, Sydney, Australia
Technology advancement is taking place at a breathtaking speed but, relatively speaking, not as much attention is given to making it secure. The growing relevance of cybersecurity in the near future is what drew me towards this program. Cybersecurity to me is a niche in the IT industry which is only going to grow with the ongoing innovation in technology.
Previous Education: Master of Science in Computer and Information Technology, University of Hong Kong
Previous Experience: Senior Information Security Risk Manager at Hang Seng Bank, Hong Kong
The scale, impact and frequency of cyber-attacks have increased globally and will continue to evolve. It is of the utmost importance that we keep our knowledge current for assessing and mitigating cybersecurity risk in new technology solutions, such as cloud computing and big data. I was eager to join Simon Fraser University because of its good academic reputation and diverse learning environment. The newly established cybersecurity concentration in the Professional Master's Program provides the best studying opportunity to advance my cybersecurity knowledge and skill set.
Meet some of our previous students on our archived page!