SFU Convocation October 2016
Tesla Motors wants to change the world, and only dedicated workers need apply. Luckily, Hassan Murad is nothing if not ambitious.
- Can-do attitude, co-op education drive career opportunities
- Restorative justice sparks epiphany
- Combining design and business yields plum Facebook job
- Top paper reveals impact of advertising rules on American vote share
- Novel hearing aid inspires career in biomedical engineering
- October 2016 honorary degree recipients
- Research finds multiple ‘truths’ of respect in the workplace
- Exploring opportunities yields unexpected career path
- Perseverance achieves dream
- Risky business—graduating entrepreneur develops algorithm to mitigate risk
- Transforming invention into innovation
- Volunteering opens doors to unforeseen possibilities
- Never stop learning
Taylor Ward’s student experience has been tailor-made for success. His joint major from the Beedie School of Business and the School of Interactive Arts and Technology combined internships created a unique experience— one that has culminated in a coveted graduate role at Facebook.
An honours degree in economics won’t be Cameron Young’s only distinction when he crosses the convocation dais this week.
Eunice Kuatsjah, an international student from Indonesia, never expected her Simon Fraser University experience would result in a novel business start-up. But she is among a group of students who have developed a prototype for an inexpensive, customized hearing aid that could disrupt the global market.
Honorary degree recipients
Almost 2,100 SFU students are eligible to convocate during SFU’s fall convocation ceremonies Oct. 6-7. Joining these students are four outstanding individuals who will receive SFU honorary degrees recognizing their exceptional achievements.
Dr. Evan Tlesla II Adams, Doctor of Science, honoris causa
Thursday, Oct. 6, 9:45 a.m.
Dr. Vivienne Poy, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2:30 p.m.
Tamara Vrooman, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa
Friday, Oct. 7, 9:45 a.m.
Dr. Lorna Wanosts’a7 Williams, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa
Friday, Oct. 7, 2:30 p.m.
Student convocation speakers
Each of the four convocation ceremonies, October 6-7, will feature a student speaker who will represent their peers and reflect on their SFU education.
Jeffin Vekkal, B.Sc. (Hons.)
Oct. 6, 9:45 a.m.
Fredrick Levi Wilson, BA
Oct. 6, 2:30 p.m.
Jessica Gutierrez, BBA
Oct. 7, 9:45 a.m.
Charly Caproff, B.Env.
Oct. 7, 2:30 p.m.
Respect is included in most professional ethics, but it’s not well defined. SFU graduand Chisen Goto says understanding how individuals perceive respect differently may help a workplace become more respectful.
When Daniel Paulino entered SFU he tailored his undergraduate studies to meet medical school acceptance requirements. Along the way, he discovered that a joint degree program and other experiences can reveal unexpected passions and career options.
When Gursher Sidhu joined SFU’s School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering, he never dreamed he would be graduating this month as an up-and-coming entrepreneur.
Step out of your comfort zone. That’s the advice Jasneet Sabharwal, who is graduating with a master’s degree in computing science, has for other aspiring entrepreneurs at SFU seeking to enter B.C.’s burgeoning tech industry.
Lupin Battersby is among the first students to complete the new Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology Commercialization program at SFU’s Beedie School of Business. Now the graduands are preparing to transform their game-changing technology inventions into viable, commercialized innovations.
Volunteering is in Gabriella Luongo’s DNA. Since high school, the health sciences student has been heavily involved in the community, sometimes juggling up to three volunteer stints while undertaking a full course load.