While completing his PhD at SFU Ross Churchley studied Structural Graph Theory, focusing on graph immersions. During his time in the department, he held an NSERC CGS-D scholarship and the Dean’s Convocation Medal.
In addition to his academic pursuits, Churchley also created a standardized thesis template, which is now used by the SFU library. “It happened on a bit of a lark in the first couple years of my PhD,” he explains. “I had lots of headaches getting my Master’s thesis to work with the right style guidelines, so I decided to tackle that problem well in advance of graduating with my PhD.” Churchley created a new LaTeX thesis template after meeting with a panel of advisors and graduate students. “I brought it all together so other graduate students could benefit from an easier thesis formatting process.”
Churchley is now a Software Developer for SAP Labs in Vancouver, working in web applications and security. “There are technical skills that I developed in my studies, like using version control. That's not as widespread in academia, but it’s very useful in my day-to-day work right now,” he says.