SFU Graduand Surges Forward into Software Development Career
By Andrew Ringer
Not many students embrace the student experience quite like SFU graduand Jeffrey Leung. After seven years of leading projects within the software systems program, forming clubs and completing co-op terms at industry leaders, his undergraduate career at SFU is about to come to an end. He is graduating 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.
“It was inspirational to be a part of a tight-knit, high-performance team and to see a real impact from our work,” says Leung, who featured on both the Dean’s Honour Roll and President’s Honour Roll during his studies.
Leung also completed an Entrepreneurship & Innovation Certificate during his degree, where he became passionate about technological innovation for product success.
This passion was put to practice over the five coop terms he completed, including one year at Samsung Electronics as an Agile Backend Software Engineer.
Despite these achievements, he is particularly satisfied with 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.
SFU Surge describes themselves as, “an all-inclusive organization to promote curiosity and excitement for a future in technology, while guiding students on their paths to career success.” The club held its first large-scale hackathon during the pandemic with great success, attracting over 400 hackers virtually.
“I am excited to watch Surge continue to raise the bar for SFU organizations in event engagement, industry value and diversity,” says Leung.
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. He credits his time at SFU for preparing him for his career in this area.
“The software systems program prepared me for a versatile career in agile software development across a wide variety of specializations and technologies,” says Leung.