Computing Science graduate uses remote sensing to assess forest fire trends in B.C.
By Deborah Acheampong
Completing an advanced remote sensing project in her last term is one of the significant highlights of computing science graduate Anmol Saini's studies at SFU. The project aims to assess forest fire risk variables and trends in B.C. by utilizing remote sensing concepts and technical methods to examine burned area extent and severity.
Now furthering the project professionally – Amnol describes it as a “challenging yet rewarding experience.”
Anmol pursued a BSC in Computing Science with a minor in Geographic Information Science (GIS) because of her passion for transforming communities through technology and innovation. “By applying innovative thinking, I can create novel approaches to address social and environmental challenges like climate change and sustainability.”
To inspire the next generation of women in computing science, Anmol volunteered with the FAS Outreach program, where she had the opportunity to mentor young girls interested in computing science. “I had the opportunity to connect with these young women, sharing the possibilities and impacts made in this field and providing guidance in a manner that I would have appreciated during my journey."
With her desire to combine relevant job experience with classroom studies, Anmol leveraged the opportunity to participate in two internships through the SFU co-op program. Describing them as “valuable,” these placements provided her with firsthand exposure to the professional world, honing her technical expertise and instilling the qualities required to thrive as a competent professional. “The skills and knowledge I gained during these experiences have prepared me for my chosen career.”
Currently, Anmol is a Junior Integration, Verification & Validation Engineer at MDA Systems. She is responsible for developing test programs and implementing software subsystems for current and upcoming projects.
“I am particularly excited to be graduating in the year SFU School of Computing Science turns 50 years,” she says. “This milestone celebration is a testament to the School’s research and teaching excellence. I love the community at SFU and am proud of the knowledge, skills and experiences I gained while studying here.”
Anmol advises first-year students to embrace the community at SFU by joining a club to stay connected to campus activities and meet like-minded individuals who share their interests and passions. “The transition from high school to post-secondary can be intimidating, and forming new friendships can be challenging, but a community of support can be a great help to success, she says.