Science Academy Graduates

2015

Aaron Li

Education:

Western University, Software Engineering and Business Administration Dual

Co-op Experiences:

  • Evercore - Investment Banking Intern

  • Esplanade Ventures - Venture Capital Intern

  • PSP Investments - Private Equity Intern

  • OTPP - Private Equity Intern

Advice:

Make time for relaxation and hobbies.

Alison Wu

Education:

University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Science (Computer Science major)

Co-op Experiences:

  • Tasktop Technologies (coop dev role)

  • Microsoft

Current Workplace:

Microsoft, Software Engineer

Advice:

It never hurts to try out new opportunities, even if just mildly interesting, and it’s through those trials that you can find what you truly love to do.

Angus Lin

Education:

University of Toronto, Computer Engineering

Co-op Experiences:

  • University of British Columbia - Hardware Research Intern

  • DataProphet - Machine Learning Intern

  • Intel Corporation- Software Engineer Intern

  • TripAdvisor - Software Engineer Intern

  • Bloomberg LP - Software Engineer Intern

Current Workplace:

Microsoft, Software Engineer

Advice:

Leverage internships to meet new people, explore new things, determine your interests, and have fun!

Benjamin Hwang

Education:

University of British Columbia, Combined Major in Business and Computer Science

Co-op Experiences:

  • SAP - Software Engineer

  • Creative Labs - Software Engineer

Advice:

Never too late to switch careers

Brendon Chiang

Education:

University of British Columbia, Business and Computer Science

Co-op Experiences:

  • SAP-Agile Developer

  • Factors Group-Applications Developer

Advice:

Take the time to network. It will be one of the most valuable things when looking for jobs.

Contact Info:

brendon.chiang@gmail.com

Daniela Lopez

Education:

University of British Columbia, Chemical Engineering

Master’s Degree in Applied Sciences at UBC in partnership with the National Research Council

Advice:

If you have a gut feeling about something, go for it. If you think you like something, make an effort and pursue it. You never know where that little change in your life might lead you to

David Liu

Education:

University of British columbia, Combined major in business and computer science

Co-op Experiences:

  • Amazon Software developer

Current Workplace:

Microsoft, Software Engineer

Advice:

Leverage internships to meet new people, explore new things, determine your interests, and have fun!

Eric Tsai

Education:

Western University, Business

Co-op Experiences:

  • Deloitte - Risk Advisory

  • Kirchner Private Capital Group - Investment Banking Analyst

  • Microsoft - Product Management

  • Bell - Customer Experience Consulting

Current Workplace:

Deloitte, Tech Strategy Consulting

Running a Premium Pet Food startup

Advice:

Be curious and explore different opportunities whether that’s university outside of BC, exchange abroad, or different job types/industries. As well, stay humble and don’t be afraid to reach out to ask questions. It’s fine if you don’t know, better to ask now then later!

Esteban Lee

Education:

Western University, Honors Business Administration

Co-op Experiences:

  • Supported research and analysis at a remote video monitoring business owned by a private equity fund

  • Worked on equity / debt financings and mergers and acquisitions in the healthcare space at an Investment bank

  • Microsoft - Product Management

  • Bell - Customer Experience Consulting

Current Workplace:

Investor in a healthcare space at a hedge fund based in San Francisco

Advice:

I don't have any super insightful advice to share or witty one-liners of wisdom....but a few quick things off the top of my head: maintain good relationships with people that matter to you, be kind to others and try not to be quick to judge, work hard at the things that you can control (on the flip side, appreciate how much luck and randomness can dictate outcomes), don't take yourself too seriously, and finally, try to have some fun along the way!

Jacky Tian

Education:

UC Berkeley, Computer Science

Co-op Experiences:

  • Google - Business Analyst Intern

  • Visa - Product Management Intern

  • Amazon - Software Engineer Intern

Current Workplace:

Doordash, Software Engineer

Advice:

As rigorous as the course load in Science Academy is, definitely make time to learn/pursue other interests you may have during your time. This would include other courses, clubs, extracurriculars, etc that exist outside of the typical box of Science Academy, and aren’t just for looking good on a university application. I realized it’s so much harder to explore during post-secondary when you have a major, and I regret not taking every opportunity I could have to expand my breadth of experience.

Kevin Ma

Education:

University of Alberta, Doctor of Medicine

Co-op Experiences:

  • Arthritis Foundation - Public Health and Advocacy Intern

  • TeamUP Science - President

  • Interdepartmental Science Students' Society - Vice President Programming

  • Canadian Federation of Medical Students - Rapid Response Task Force Member

Advice:

Volunteer, but not for your resume. Volunteer to learn and become a better person.

Lucy Wei

Education:

Brown University, Computer Science

Co-op Experiences:

  • Google - Software Engineering Intern

Current Workplace:

Google, Software Engineer

Advice:

Don't be afraid to fail and make mistakes.

Contact Info:

lucyhyw@gmail.com

Maggie Zhang

Education:

University of Toronto, Rotman Commerce

Co-op Experiences:

  • KPMG Toronto - Summer Intern

Current Workplace:

KPMG Toronto

Advice:

Networking is crucial for landing a good job so start networking early!

Matthew Li

Education:

Harvard University, Electrical Engineering S.B.

Co-op Experiences:

  • General Fusion (Vancouver, BC): Co-Op Student

  • Microsoft (Redmond, WA): Program Manager Intern

Current Workplace:

Microsoft, Program Manager

Advice:

Above all else, take care of yourself and each other.

Contact Info:

matthewlizhi@gmail.com

Perry Ni

Education:

University of Toronto, Mechanical Engineering

MSc candidate at York University researching renewable solar energy

Co-op Experiences:

  • SNC-Lavalin: Mech Eng Intern

  • Scotiabank: Trade Floor Tech Consultant

Current Workplace:

Microsoft, Program Manager

Advice:

Don't stress too hard about school and be sure to take time to do the things you like!

Ruvini Amarasekera

Education:

Simon Fraser University, Biomedical Physiology (Minor in Counselling/Human Development)

Studied Abroad in University of Glasgow, (Classes in anatomy, Celtic history, and psychology)

University of British Columbia, Doctor of Medicine

Co-op Experiences:

  • Options Community Services - Frontline shelter staff

  • Fraser Health Crisis Line - call taker

  • BC Cancer Research Centre - student researcher

  • Centre for Hip Health and Mobility - student researcher

  • Friends of Simon - Tutor

  • Surrey Memorial Hospital- paediatrics ward volunteer

Current Workplace:

Richmond Emergency Response Centre

Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health, COVID-19 vaccine immunizer

Advice:

High school is a great time to reflect on what sort of journey you want to embark on in life. Seek out mentors in the fields you are considering, put yourself out of your comfort zone often, and enjoy the ride!

Contact Info:

ruvini.amarasekera@gmail.com

Ryan Picardo

Education:

University of British Columbia, BA - Cognitive Systems

Advice:

Make sure you are actively challenging yourself with your studies in high school. It's vital to develop a solid work ethic because it's much harder to drift through university without trying hard.

Sachi Premathilaka

Education:

University of Victoria, Mechanical Engineering

Studied Abroad in University of Glasgow, (Classes in anatomy, Celtic history, and psychology)

University of British Columbia, Doctor of Medicine

Co-op Experiences:

  • BC Hydro - Control Engineering Co-op

  • Dynamic Attractions - Mechanical engineering co-op

Current Workplace:

Engineer-in-training at BC Hydro working for the Site C clean energy project

Advice:

Try out a lot of different clubs and activities to find what you're passionate about. No one ever regrets things that they've tried or learned, only the things they miss out on.

Contact Info:

ruvini.amarasekera@gmail.com

Zhe Hao Dong

Education:

University of Toronto - Graduate, Engineering Science, Infrastructure + PEY

Co-op Experiences:

  • China Design Group Co.

  • Ltd. (中设设计集团股份有限公司) - Nanjing

  • Jiangsu, China - Structural Engineering Intern (PEY)

Current Workplace:

Minglian Group - Vancouver, BC, Canada - Assistant Project Manager

Advice:

Call me at 604 583 5637 if you ever feel down or need help. You now have an extra friend.

Contact Info:

dongzhehaojunior@hotmail.com

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