We are happy to have 7 team members working on MarkUs us for the fall 2010 term! Since we are currently spread across the country, this blog post will hopefully serve to allow ourselves to get to know each other before our first opportunity to meet in person.
I’d also like to mention Mike Conley and Severin Gehwolf, two MarkUs alumni who continue to provide an enormous amount of support and advice!
Here we are, in alphabetical order:
U of T
My name is Evan Browning, and I’m a third year Computer Science student at U of T. I worked on MarkUs over the summer months, and previously I worked at the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and for the Assistive Technology Resource Centre at U of T (now the Inclusive Design Institute). Besides programming I love to do film and video stuff, and especially things related to visual effects. I also love to explore new places, both in the city and in the wilderness 🙂
My name is Horatiu Halmaghi and I am nearing the completion of my Computing Science degree from Simon Fraser University. I currently live in Burnaby, Canada but at different times in my life I’ve also called Montreal, Sibiu (Romania), and Prague (Czech Republic) my home.
Which reminds me: one of my greatest passions is hockey! I love to watch the sport and I play regularly on a roller hockey team in Vancouver. The only two other things I love as much as hockey are photography and traveling the globe.
My name’s Victor, I’m in the last year of a Computer Science and Cognitive Science double major here at York U. Been working in the industry as a C++ and C# developer on and off for a while, did a Google Summer of Code in ’08 (greatest experience ever, highly recommended!). Lately my interests have brought me to web development, so here I am :).
Besides that I do all sorts of things – especially if it’s outdoors, and especially if it’s far away from the city.
U of T
My name is Misa and I’m a 4th year in CS: Software Engineering at UofT. This summer term, I worked on a web-based repository browser project for Basie, using Pinax/Django. I also just finished a 16month internship at IBM. Aside from programming, I’m also interested in psychology, teaching, and dogs 🙂
U of M
My name is Kurtis Schmidt. I am currently completing an Honours Degree in Computer Science at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.
I began University working towards a degree in Computer Engineering. However, after two years I realized I preferred writing software to designing hardware so I changed majors to Computer Science. Since then I have worked at three different software companies. At Frantic Films VFX (now Prime Focus VFX) I was a 3D software developer. My specific work involved mesh manipulation and implicit surface mathematics. My second position was at Research in Motion in Waterloo, ON. I worked on the Network and Protocol Analysis team creating automated test suites. Finally, my last position was at Electronic Arts in Burnaby, BC. I worked for an internal tools team who created and maintained a procedural animation tool used across EA.
In my spare time I develop OSX/ios software using the Cocoa frameworks. As well, I enjoy film, television, and video games; playing hockey; and swimming.
U of T
My name is Vivien Suen, and I’m a fourth year Computer Science student specializing in Software Engineering here at the University of Toronto. Previously, I did a bit of research on reversible computing at the University of Lethbridge, and I helped with research on social networking as well as develop a Facebook application this past summer at the University of Toronto.
As for interests, I really enjoy web programming and web design, I love music and my piano, and playing badminton and baking are two of my favourite hobbies. One of my life goals is to open a cake shop of my own one day. Last but not least, I also enjoy my occasional dose of WoW and SC2.
I’m excited to be working on MarkUs, and I’m looking forward to working with you this term!
My name is Jiahui(Sherry) Xu, and I’m in the fourth year of my Computing Science degree at SFU. I’m from mainland China. I live in Vancouver, close to Metrotown skytrain. I spent my first two years of this degree in Zhejiang University (China), and joined a Dual Degree Program which transferred me to SFU.
In terms of Web development experiences, I’m most familiar with Django framework and jQuery. I usually work on my Mac but are also good with other OS. I’ve also learnt PHP and CodeIgniter on my own before and have done a project based on that. Ruby on Rails is pretty new to me, but that’s also the reason I chose this project because I would like to learn some new cool tools. Other than the above, I’m good at C and C++ and have done a bunch of projects for my courses.
I like to sit in cafes and program, that’s my ideal spot for programming. I used to love shopping for clothes online in China because they offer them at very low prices. Now I like swimming in order to stay healthy since life as a programmer is stressful and sometimes tiring. Hopefully if I have time I can expolor the swimming pools at Toronto 😀