Current Staff

WWEST Software Developer - Payam Ahmadvand

Payam is a computer scientist who has received his Master's degree in Computer Science at Simon Fraser University. During the course of his thesis, Payam developed the first fully automatic approach to finding cancerous lesions in 3D medical images. He was involved in one of the biggest projects for cancer treatment in Canada, in collaboration with the BC Cancer Agency and The University of British Columbia and Quantitative Imaging Network in the USA for the evaluation of responses to cancer therapies. He has published over 10 scientific papers and has won several awards during his study, including The SFU’s People’s Choice Award at the Faculty of Applied Sciences Heat of the Three Minute Thesis. He has 3+ years of experience in full life cycle Software development involving OOP design development, testing, documentation.

WWEST Software Developer - Pouya Ahmadvand

Pouya Ahmadvand is a research assistance in The Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIM) Lab and also doing a M.Sc. program at bioinformatics in the University of British Columbia. He used to be a lecturer in Shahid Rajaee Teacher Training University, Iran in the Department of Computer Engineering for two years. He also has cooperated in a variety of industrial and research projects. His research addresses problems in computer vision, object detection, and deep-learning. A common theme across these projects is the application of machine learning and image/video processing to solve real-world problems.

Programming Coordinator and Podcast Producer - Vanessa Hennessey

Vanessa Hennessey is the Programming Coordinator and Podcast Producer at Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology. She helps with the many fun projects that WWEST is undertaking, including programming and planning events and workshops, graphic design, and coordination of the WWEST Outreach Apps, among others. She has also produced the Best of the WWEST podcast since 2016. Vanessa finished her post-baccalaureate in Communication at Simon Fraser University in 2019, co-hosts/produces a podcast on “the X-Files” (her favourite character is, of course, Dana Scully) as well as a podcast about travel; and lives with her loving husband, cuddly-on-their-own-terms cats, and silly but adorable dog.

Communications Assistant - Julianne Kim

Julianne Kim is a Communication Major at Simon Fraser University and is the Communications Assistant at WWEST. Her role at WWEST allows her to apply her passions for writing, graphic design, and digital marketing across several projects. In her spare time, she loves to find new shows to binge watch and listen to her vinyl record collection.

WWEST Communications Lead - Alicen Ricard

Alicen Ricard is the Communications Lead at WWEST.  When she isn't working she is hosting a podcast on mental health, writing for various different places, creating product for her etsy store,  or reading many books. She lives in a chaotic household with her fiancé, three pet rats, and two birds. 

Past Staff

Mily Mumford WWEST Research Coordinator August 2020-July 2021
Danniele Livengood WWEST Program Manager August 2015 - August 2020
Kiko Kwok
Communications Coordinator September 2020 - December 2020
Ami Parikh Communications Coordinator September 2019 - April 2020
Gabby Chia White Papers Coordinator April 2018 - May 2019
Danika Wong
Creating Connections 6.0 Coordinator
April 2018 - May 2019
Gabby Chia Communications Coordinator May - December 2018
Zhi Yuh Ou Yang Data Analyst
May - December 2018
Ardalan Benam Software Developer January 2017 - December 2018
Tarek Elganainy Software Developer January  - August 2018
Danika Wong Communications Coordinator September 2017 - April 2018
Diana Koval Literature Review Research Assistant September 2017 - April 2018
Zavier Aguila Software Developer May - December 2017
Tim Woinoski 
Software Developer
May - August 2017
Aaron Cheung
Software Developer
January - August 2017
Jaime Vargas
Software Developer
March - May 2017
Odilia Dys-Steenbergen Social Psychology Survey Development September 2016 - April 2017
Natalie Lim Communications Coordinator
September 2016 - April 2017
Jenna Anderson Communications Coordinator
February 2016 - May 2017
Albee Hong
Data Analyst February 2016 - May 2017
Daphne Chong
Software Developer September - December 2016
Aaqib Khorasi Software Developer September - December 2016
Jack Anderson Software Developer July - September 2016
Ginny Van Pelt Partners Liason April - August 2016
Sarah Ngo Communications Coordinator February - August 2016
Diana Koval Analysis of Women in STEM Statistics BC
February - April 2016
Vani Choubey Computing Careers White Paper
February - April 2016
Rohit Ranjan Techical Literacy Survey Development February - April 2016