Exceptional Alumni

Notable Alumni


Graduated 2019

Zhilin Zhang
Data Scientist, Amazon

Graduated 2018

Hongwei Liang
Data & Applied Scientist, Microsoft

Graduated 2016

Hamidreza Mirzaei
Color Imaging Scientist, NVIDIA

Graduated 2015

Nataliya Shapovalova
Applied Scientist, Amazon

Graduated 2014

Frederik Mallmann-Trenn
Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Data Science, King's College London

Arash Vahdat
Senior Reseach Scientist, NVIDIA Research

Graduated 2013

Farnaz Agahian
Color Scientist, Google

Hengameh Mirzaalian Dastjerdi
Data Scientist, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Hamid Reza Vaezi Joze
Senior Research Scientist, Microsoft

Graduated 2010

Rhonda Baldwin
Data Scientist, Apple

Ann Clifton
Senior Research Scientist, Spotify

Gabor Melli 
Senior Director of Engineering (ML&AI), Sony Playstation

Alumni at top companies and universities


Graduated 2019

Omar Arafa
Embedded Software Developer, Fortinet

Mohamed Hegazy
Software Development Engineer I, Amazon

Graduated 2018

Yinfang Fu
Applied Scientist, Microsoft

Alexander Gawronski
Software Development Engineer, Amazon

Pratik Gujjar
Associate Researcher, Huawei

Yunduz Rakhmangulova
Software Development Engineer, Amazon

Maddy Soleimanian
Technical Solutions Developer, Google 

Beidou Wang
Machine Learning Engineer, Google

Graduated 2017

Snehasish Kumar
Software Engineer, Google

Karoon Rashedi Nia
Member of Technical Staff, Oracle Labs

Fred Qin 
Data Engineer, Microsoft

NoorUllah Randhawa 
SW Dev Engineer, Amazon 

Youjiao Sun
Embedded Software Developer, Fortinet

Xinjing Wei
Software Development Engineer II, Amazon

Graduated 2016

Zicun Cong
Software Engineer II, Fortinet

Mehrnoosh Ebrahimipour
Software Engineer, Apple

Michael (Fan) Gao
Software Engineer, Google

Ibrahim Numanagić
Assistant Professor, University of Victoria

Shookoo Pourmehr
Software Engineer, Lyft

Haoyu Ren
Staff Engineer, Samsung 

Yao Wu
Staff Machine Learning Engineer, Twitter

Zhelun Wu 
DevOps Engineer II, Fortinet

Graduated 2015

Te Bu
Software Engineer II, Microsoft

Ken Herdy
Senior Software Engineer, The MathWorks

Ron Kadhirdin
Software Engineer, Google

Ike (Shibin) Ma 
Software Development Engineer II, Alexa Speech at Amazon

Ali Madooei
Lecturer, The John Hopkins University

Wei Pu 
Software Engineer II, Amazon

Kurt Routley
Software Engineer II, Electronic Arts

Shuyang Sun
Senior Software Engineer, Salesforce

Evgeny Vinnik
Software Engineer, Microsoft

Xiaoqian (Cathy) Yin
Software Engineer, Facebook

Guang-Tong Zhou
Research Scientist, Facebook

Graduated 2014

Mohsen Jamali Langroodi
Software Developer 3, Fortinet

Jinling Li
Software Development Engineer, Amazon

Mingjing Zhang
Software Engineer, Google

Graduated 2013

Ouldooz Baghban Karimi
Lecturer, Simon Fraser University

Sergey Blagodurov
Senior MTS, AMD

Parastoo Geranmayeh
Software Developer, Google

Navid Imani
Staff Applied Researcher, Ebay

Piper Jackson
Assistant Professor, Thompson Rivers University

Yang Jin
Software Developer, SAP

Samaneh Moghaddam
Staff Machine Learning Engineer, LinkedIn

Pariya Raoufi
Big Data Developer, Activision

Iman Sarrafi
Software Development Engineer, Amazon

Andrea Tagliasacchi
Senior Research Scientist, Google

Vivienne Wallace
Lead Data Analyst, Electronic Arts

Jiahua (Jacob) Yu
Software Engineer, Google

Mingzhe Zhu
Software Development Engineer II, Amazon

Graduated 2012

Usman Alim
Assistant Professor, University of Calgary

Jillian Dicker
Software Engineer, Google

Da Huang
Software Engineer, Google

Mohsen Jamali
Engineering Manager, Ai and Machine Learning, LinkedIn

Hassan Khosravi
Senior Lecturer, The University of Queenland

Adrian Kwok
Software Development Engineer II, Amazon Web Services

Majid Razmara
CTO & Co-Founder, MetaOptima Technology Inc.

Maryam Sadeghi
CEO, MetaOptima Technology Inc.

Thomas Torsney-Weir
Lecturer, Swansea University

Weilong Yang
Senior Staff Software Engineer, Google AI

Graduated 2011

Nima Aghdali
Software Engineer, Snapchat Inc.

Fereydoun Hormozdiari
Assistant Professor, UC Davis

Bin Jiang
Engineering Manager, Uber
Dissertation: Summarizing Certainty in Uncertain Data

Seyed Mohammad Mahdi Javadi
Faculty of Computing Science, British Columbia Institute of Technology

Sina Khakabimamaghani
Staff Software Engineer, Evernote

Yaroslav Litus
Senior Software Engineer, Google

Ferdinand Stefanus
Software Engineer, Intel Corporation

Zhengzheng Xing
Applied Research Scientist, Amazon

Oliver van Kaick
Assistant Professor, Carleton University

Deniz Yorukoglu
Technical Lead & Senior Software Engineer, Google

Bin Zhou
Assistant Professor, Dept of Information Systems, University of Maryland
Dissertation: Keyword Search on Large-Scale Data: from Relational and Graph Data to OLAP Infrastructure

Graduated 2010

Ashgan Fararooy
Software Engineer, Google 

Amin Milani Fard
Assistant Professor, New York Tech - Vancouver Campus

Andrei Missine
Software Engineering Lead, Google

Reza Shahidi-Nejad
Software Development Engineer II, Amazon

Graduated 2009

Bobby Chan
Instructor, Simon Fraser University

Brian Fraser
Senior Lecturer, Simon Fraser University
Dissertation: STEPS-FIRST: A systematic inference system with facts and rules stored as activation patterns.
Nominated for CAGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award

Farahad Hormozdiari
Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University

Ming Hua
Engineering Director, Facebook
Dissertation: Ranking Queries on Uncertain Data.

Yudong Liu
Associate Professor, Western Washington University

Kianoosh Mokhtarian
Senior Software Engineer, Google

Flavia Moser
Lead Product Expert, SAP

Lilong Shi
Senior Staff Imaging Engineer, Samsung Semiconductor Inc

Evgeny Skvortsov
Software Engineer, Google
Dissertation: Theoretical Analysis of Practical Heuristics for Satisfiability.

Yang Wang
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Manitoba
Dissertation: Learning Structured Models for Human Actions and Poses.

Graduated 2008

Arash Afrooze
CTO & Co-Founder, Hire the World
FuEL Award Recipient

Omer Ishaq
Lecturer, Dept of Computer Science & Engineering, Air University, Pakistan
Dissertation: Algorithms for image analysis of corpus callosum degeneration for multiple sclerosis.

Alireza H Khodabakhshi
Data Scientist, Genomic Institute for Novartis Research Foundation (GNF)

Yabo-Arber Xu
Associate Professor, Sun Yat-sen University
VP of Technology, Summba Inc.
Dissertation: New models and techniques on privacy-preserving information sharing.

Xiaohong (Sharon) Zhao
Research Scientist, Siemens Research, Princeton
Dissertation: Haplotype Inferring via Galled-Tree Networks

Graduated 2007

Cagri Aksay
Dissertation: Non-coding RNA prediction and functional filtering using pentamer sequence motifs.

John Boxall
CTO, Mobify

Alireza Entezari
Associate Professor, Computer & Information Science & Engineering, University of Florida
Computer and Information Science and Engineering, University of Florida
Dissertation: Optimal Sampling Lattices And Trivariate Box Splines.

Igor Faletski
CEO, Mobify

Benjamin Fung
Associate Professor, School of Information Studies, McGill University
Dissertation: Privacy-Preserving Data Publishing.

Yuelong Jiang
Software Engineer, Google

Byron Ju Gao
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, Texas State University
Dissertation: Hyper-rectangle-based Discriminative Data Generalization and Applications in Data Mining.

Emre Karakoc
Assistant Professor, School of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Istanbul
Genome Sciences Department, University of Washington, Seattle
Dissertation: Computational studies on structure and functionality of biomolecular compounds.

Ash Ragheb
Software Engineer, Google

Dan Wang
Associate Professor, Department of Computing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Dissertation: Continuous Data Collection In Wireless Sensor Networks.

Aaron Ward
Assistant Professor, Medical Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Western Ontario.
Winner of NSERC POstdoctoral Fellowship. Holds the Cancer Care Ontario Research Chair in Translational Imaging Science
Dissertation: Computational intelligence supporting anatomical shape analysis and computer-aided diagnosis.

Graduated 2006

Ming Hua
Engineering Director, Facebook

Hao Jiang
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, Boston College
Dissertation: Successive Convexification for Consistent Labeling.
Recipient of SFU's 2007 Governor-General's Gold Medal.

Cheng Lu
Senior Imaging Engineer, Itel Corporation
Dissertation: Removing Shadows from Color Images.

Senqiang Zhou
Engineer, Google

Graduated 2005

Parmit Chilana
Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser University

Alma Barranco-Mendoza
Technology Executive, Academic and Entrepreneur, Canadian Space Society, Infogenetica Solutions Ltd. 
Dissertation: Stochastic and heuristic modelling for analysis of the growth of pre-invasive lesions and for a multidisciplinary approach to early cancer diagnosis.

Regan Mandryk
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Saskatchewan
Dissertation: Modeling user emotion in interactive play environments: A fuzzy physiological approach.
Award: Governor General's Gold Medal Award winner

Alison Meynert
Career Development Fellow, Medical Research Council, Edinburgh
Dissertation: Common Evidence Network: An Integrated Approach to Investigating Gene Relationships.

Zhong Zhang
Professor, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Lethbridge
Dissertation: Applications of visibility space in polygon search problems.

Graduated 2004

Yuanzhu Peter Chen
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Dissertation: Clustering mobile ad hoc networks using graph domination.

Florian Ciurea
Principal Imaging Scientist, Emergent VR, San Francisco
Dissertation: Colour constancy theories in the real world.

Melanie Tory
Senior Research Scientist, Tableau Research
Dissertation: Combining 2D and 3D views for visualization of spatial data.

Manuel Zahariev
Founder, s2x = SQL to Anything
Dissertation: Automatic expansion of acronyms.
Award: Dean of Graduate Studies Medal Award winner

Graduated 2003

Diana Cukierman
Senior Lecturer, Simon Fraser University
Dissertation: A formalization of structured temporal objects and repetition.

Philip Fong
Associate Professor, Department of Computing Science, University of Calgary
Dissertation: Proof linking: A modular verification architecture for mobile code system.

David Gerhard
Associate Professor, Department of Computing Science, University of Regina
Dissertation: Computationally measurable differences between speech and song.

Adrian Moise
Founder and CEO, Aequilibrium, Vancouver
Dissertation: Designing better user interfaces for radiology interpretations.

Reza Naserasr
Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Mathematics and Statistics
Carleton University
Dissertation: Homomorphisms and bounds.

Jeffrey Orchard
Associate Professor, School of Computing Science, University of Waterloo
Dissertation: Simultaneous registration and activation detection: Overcoming activation-induced registration errors in functional MRI.

Chenchen (Jessie) Zhu
Principle Software Engineer Manager, Microsoft, Seattle
Dissertation: Parsimony with General Character Evolution.

Graduated 2002

Graduated 2001

Lyn Bartram
Associate Professor, School of Interactive Arts and Technology, SFU
Dissertation: Enhancing information visualization with motion.

Morten Irgens
Chairman of the Board of Directors at Center for Welfare & Labour Research, Oslo & Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
Dissertation: Heuristics characteristics: The satisfiability case.

Tim Lee
Associate Professor, UBC / Senior Scientist, BC Cancer Agency
BC Cancer Agency
Dissertation: Measuring border irregularity and shape of cutaneous melanocytic lesions.

Snezana Mitrovic-Minic
Adjunct Professor, Department of Mathematics, SFU
Dissertation: The dynamic pickup and delivery problem with time windows.

Melissa O'Neill
Professor, Department of Computing Science, Harvey Mudd College
Dissertation: Version stamps for functional arrays and determinacy checking: Two applications of ordered lists for advanced programming languages.

Anthony Kum Hoe Tung
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, National University of Singapore
Dissertation: Constrained clustering on spatial databases.