Meet the computing science graduands of June 2021 convocation

June 24, 2021

Congratulations to our medal winners of June 2021 convocation!

Ge Shi - Dean's Convocation Medal

Fangxin Wang - Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal 

Read about some of our fantastic students who are graduating from the School of Computing Science this June:


Matt Canute

MSc, School of Computing Science

Canute graduates this June with a Master of Science degree from the School of Computing Science. A graduand from the Professional Master of Science in Computer Science program, Canute was able to pursue hands-on projects that he previously had ideas for but didn’t have the time or resources to execute. For example, he and his lab partners worked on a colour scheme mapping project by reviewing a large data set to find correlations between website colour schemes, font choices and website content. Canute also led a team to build a WikiPlugin that users can put in their Chrome browser to help improve the Wikipedia experience through a variety of features. Canute and his team received an Innovation Prize for this project in 2020. Now set to graduate, Canute is using his skills for data science consulting while working on a side project.

Read his full story here >>

Dawn Chandler

BSc (with Distinction), School of Computing Science

Chandler graduates this June with a joint major in computing science and linguistics. After completing an internal transfer to the School of Computing Science, Chandler overcame several challenging periods as they took on computing science and math courses without programming experience and with previous struggles in math. “It took so much trial and error and self-reflection to understand what study strategies and environments worked for me,” says Chandler. These efforts were worthwhile, as Chandler now boasts an impressive list of awards including multiple Dean’s Honour Roll and President’s Honour Roll appearances. In addition to excelling academically, Chandler was also very involved in the Women in Computing Science (WiCS) student group where they served in multiple different roles, including President, Technical Coordinator and Mentorship Coordinator. This provided Chandler with leadership experience and a sense of community. Chandler recently started as a Software Engineer at SkipTheDishes where they work on backend software development.

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Jeffrey Leung

BSc (with Distinction), School of Computing Science; Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Leung graduates this June with a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Computing Science. He excelled academically in the software systems program, highlighted by working on a group project to help health-care workers in Uganda identify pregnancy complications among women in rural communities. Leung also completed an Entrepreneurship & Innovation Certificate during his degree, where he became passionate about technological innovation for product success. Despite these achievements, he is most proud of his extra-curricular activities at SFU. “I am most proud of co-founding the club SFU Surge with Hilal Asmat to enable tech students to access engaging knowledge-sharing opportunities and craft valuable industry connections,” says Leung. The club held its first large-scale hackathon during the pandemic with great success, attracting over 400 hackers virtually. Now graduating, Leung is preparing to work as a Software Developer at Amazon Vancouver, where he is excited to work on technologies to improve the customer experience.

                                                                                         Read his full story here >>     

Fangxin Wang

PhD, School of Computing Science; Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal

Wang graduates this June with a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the School of Computing Science. His research thesis is on the topic of human activity recognition using wireless signals integrated with deep learning. His thesis was driven by his interest in intelligent sensing using ubiquitous wireless signals. Wang believes that this research is of great importance to the future of smart homes, human-machine interaction, virtual reality and more. “I learned a lot from the computing science PhD program at SFU. I not only acquired substantial knowledge, but also built wide connections with many friends and professors,” he says. While he found it challenging to adapt to PhD life in his first year, he thanks his supervisor professor Jiangchuan Liu and his friends for helping him acclimate himself. He is continuing his research career at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen where he is an assistant professor.

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