Chief Information Officer at the Canadian Space Society
Dr. Barranco-Mendoza is a seasoned technology and business executive and entrepreneur. She has brought her technology and business expertise to a wide range of industries including aerospace, higher ed. IT, biomedical, health care, software development, telecom, legal and chemical industries.
Prior to her current role she worked as Chief Operating Officer – Canada for Nerdforce, a global technology and cloud solutions provider, and before that as Chief Information Officer at Trinity Western University. As an entrepreneur, she co-founded Infogenetica Solutions Ltd, a health informatics and technology consulting and research group. Prior to this she was also a co-founder of Knowledge Junction Systems, a software company focused on developing mobile web-based business intelligence solutions.
Amongst all this she has a passion for educating and mentoring future generations of technology professionals and giving back to the community through various roles from Adjunct Professor serving as a Board of Director for the Langley Hospice Society and Trent University Alumni and various other volunteering roles. She holds a Ph.D. in Computing Science (focus on AI) from SFU and M.Sc. and B.Sc. Hons. In Computer Science and Mathematics from Trent University.
Diana earned an Engineer in Computing Systems degree at the University of the Republic of Uruguay and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees at SFU in Computing Science specialising in Artificial Intelligence. She has held her university teaching position for several years, in both Uruguay and in Canada. She is the co- developer and coordinator of the Academic Enhancement Program, a collaborative program between the School of Computing Science and the Student Learning Commons to help students succeed in their university studies. It was recognized in 2014 as a Champion of a Healthy Campus Community. Diana is passionate about teaching, learning and pedagogy. She is actively involved in CS education research and in exploring ways to motivate students in. She was recently recognized with the 2016 Excellence Teaching Award in the SFU Faculty of Applied Sciences.
Tatyana Mozgacheva is an international Masters student in Computing Science and belongs to Computational Biology Lab at SFU. Currently, Tatyana is the summer co-op student at the Genome Sciences Centre that plays a major role in advancing the fields of genomics and bioinformatics. She graduated with honors from International IT university (Almaty, Kazakhstan) with Bachelor degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering. In addition to this, Tatyana had been developing software for banking systems at “Rescind Group” (Almaty, Kazakhstan) for 2 years where she got the Employee of Year Award in 2015. In her spare time, she really enjoys snowboarding, skiing and playing tennis.
Roopam Mehta graduated from the Masters in Big Data from Simon Fraser University. She completed her undergraduate education in Computer Science Engineering from India and has also worked for 4 years as a Software Engineer at Wipro. Due to her passion for technology, she moved to Canada in 2015 when she decided to quit her full-time job and pursue higher education in the field of computer science and technology. The quest to learn more and to grow with the fast paced IT industry gave her the courage to take such a big step.
Stella Fang is currently completing a 2 year Bachelor of Computer Science at UBC. She first completed her Bachelor of Biochemistry also at UBC in 2015, then pursued her interest in computer science immediately after. She has just completed an 8 month co-op at Incognito Software, working on the front-end of their web application, and has just begun another 8 month Co-op at Copperleaf Technologies, working mostly on the back-end service of their web applications. Being so new to the software development industry, she faces the challenge of being inexperienced everyday but is also very much enjoying the opportunities she is getting to learn from all the incredibly knowledgeable mentors in her workplace.
Angel Tian is a tech enthusiast, AI fanatic and animal lover with a Computer Engineering degree from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. She’s currently a software engineer at Microsoft. Angel also manages Google Summer of Code for Systers, an Anita Borg Institute Community and other initiatives. She has previously spoken at various international conferences such as Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing and local conferences in Vancouver and Silicon Valley.